Richmond’s burgeoning craft (read: hipster) food and drink scene has gotten some press lately, but its out-of-the-way restaurants and breweries still feel a bit like lost treasures and hidden enclaves in otherwise traffic-sparse or industrial sections of the city Bay’s often-overlooked town on the northeast shore. And that, of course, is a major part of its appeal: the marriage of lovingly prepared dishes with a somber setting (some Richmondites would say their city). is what Oakland thinks, but we’re not going there).
The latest addition to this scene is The Backyard, a laid-back new burger and breakfast joint behind Whale Point Marine & Hardware near Richmond Marina, between Ritco Forklift Repair and Tulip Hardwood Floors. With the ads for “good food, good vibes, coffee and games,” the restaurant actually looks like a very souped-up backyard. The outdoor area has wood shavings on the floor and palm trees lining a wall painted with a bright mural.
Patio tables with umbrellas are neatly arranged alongside covered seating and heat lamps. Lawn games, from bocce ball and table tennis to jumbo connect four, complete the fun. In fact, the spot looks like a daytime edition of its beloved neighbor East Brother Beer Co., which draws evening crowds for local beers and games in a casual indoor-outdoor setting just three minutes from The Backyard.
The restaurant joins a growing cluster of other hip spots dotted across the city, from East Brother to Armisitice Brewing and The Factory Bar, which have defied a Covid opening to become a new hotspot for Known for its craft cocktails with a local twist. But where many in the Richmond scene focus on drinks, The Backyard is all about the food, complemented by a range of non-alcoholic beverages including our bougie favorites at not-so-bougie prices (kombucha costs supermarket Tier 3 $ , prebiotic soda $2 and Peet’s coffee $2.85 for a normal person).
“Holy cow!!! @richmondbackyard is amazing,” The Factory Bar posted on Instagram. “Come down and get the best tartines, BLTs and grilled cheeses in town.”
Along with burgers, hot sandwiches, and tartines, The Backyard’s menu holds the holy grail of weekend eatery — breakfast is served all day, complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, avocado toast ($6), etc. (sorry, no pancakes!) as well as vegan and gluten-free alternatives.
The signature Backyard Burger consists of cheese, pickled onions, special sauce and pickles on an Acme bun, and fetches patrons $12 for a single burger or $14 for a double burger. Vegetarians will love the goat cheese and cherry tomato margherita tartine with balsamic dressing on Acme bread ($8.50).
The backyard is located at 205 Cutting Blvd., Richmond. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.richmondbackyard.com