Lamplighter Brunch in Richmond, VA

After a Saturday morning brunch extravaganza at Millie’s (review to come), I was seeking a Sunday brunch that was calm and quick yet hit-the-spot. Lamplighter was such a locale.

Built into an old garage or gas station, the outside has a partially covered patio– where one would assume cars previously parked for gas or for service.

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Lamplighter is a dive, said Lacy, my friend and hostess for the weekend in Richmond. With this statement, she actually offended multiple friends who love the Lamplighter, who quipped “But Lamplighter is awesome, it has great food!” Whoever says delicious food and divey places are mutually exclusive doesn’t spend much time with these Bitches.

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Inside, Lamplighter has three rooms of mismatched sparse furniture– stools, benches and old arm chairs scattered around tables. One must stake out a space amid the oodles of people studying and reading the newspaper.

The set-up, decor and ambiance is remarkably similar to Baked & Wired, the hippie themed coffee shop in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Except, in lieu of cupcakes, brownies, granola and coffee you have doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches and coffee at the Lamplighter.

After staking out a spot, you order at the counter– again, very similar to Baked & Wired. Under the counter, in the glass case, are the doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, croissants and other heavenly pastries just begging to be eaten by carboholic sugar fiends everywhere. There are at least 10 different flavors of doughnuts, all baked fresh that morning. In the name of Bitching, I ordered a glazed chocolate doughnut. Double the sugar, why not?

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The doughnut was fresh, moist, sugary rich perfection. It was a lot like Krispy Kreme, only better. As the chocolate was richer and the ingredients were natural.

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When I’m hungover at brunch (when am I not hungover at brunch?), I always order three beverages– a huge water, a huge fresh-squeezed orange juice, and a huge iced coffee. Call it frivolous to have three cups on the table– but the trifecta makes me feel human again.

Moreover, judgment at brunch should remain at a minimum.

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Lamplighter serves its own coffee– brewed right on site there in Richmond by the Lamplighter Roasting Company. It’s delicious, rich and fresh– and the iced coffee comes served in a mason jar. Gosh, I love the South.

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For my main dish, I ordered a bagel sandwich– an everything bagel, cheddar cheese and scrambled eggs. The bagel was great– the sandwich hot and yummy. I devoured it, and that was that.

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Meanwhile, Lacy had a a bacon, tomato, cheddar and egg sandwich that was equally satisfying.

The Bitches say: A+. Coffee, doughnuts and bagel sandwiches that hit the spot in a fun, laid-back ambiance. If only I lived around the corner.

Lamplighter Roasting Company and Cafe
116 South Addison Street
Richmond, VA
(804) 728-2292

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