The Black Sheep

Sandwich Place, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Carver, Richmond
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  • Brett F.
    "Get the USS Brooklyn ... Great spicy chicken sandwich"(11 Tips)
    Jason S.
    "get the peanut butter pie. it might be the best thing on the menu."(5 Tips)
    Natalie
    "The USS Wabash is amazingly delicious."(3 Tips)
    Elle B.
    "Brunch is amazing....the bayou biscuits are a must try"(2 Tips)
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  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresSeptember 8, 2016
    Must get the CSS Virginia: 2.5 feet of Fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted french baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple & remoulade sauce.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 3, 2014
    The sandwiches are huge a half sandwich is a foot long. Hipster feel with fresh ingredients. Prices were good. Have nice variety of beer. Small place with Friendly staff and know the menu amazing!!
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LeggettJanuary 31, 2014
    Don't miss the USS Brooklyn. One of my favorite sandwiches. The half is more than enough food unless you're sharing. Chicken is perfectly spicy, bread has just the right texture… and that chutney!
  • Nicole Nikkiesue F.
    Wonderful excellent very tasty food, The staff was very informative and very friendly and welcoming, The drinks were excellent and very well riced!!! Ill deff be back over and over and over again
  • Drake H.
    Drake HudginsJanuary 2, 2013
    1/2 of the USS Battleship. Perfect lunch if you like a little spice. Goes great with a beer. I'd order the German Weissbier to go with it.
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 6, 2016
    Great little find with awesome southern food. Classic shrimp and grits, and chicken and dumplings. Sandwiches absolutely massive - streak was well cut, seasoned and cooked.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BenfieldApril 27, 2014
    If there's a wait for a table, ask to sit on the patio where you can order drinks while you wait. The patio tables even have Trivial Pursuit cards to help pass the time!
  • tiffany
    tiffanyJanuary 2, 2015
    Bayou biscuits are a little salty but yum! When it comes put the biscuits on top so it isn't soggy and you can actually taste how good their biscuits are with each bite. The pork grits are just ok.
  • Natalie
    NatalieAugust 13, 2014
    The USS Wabash is amazingly delicious. Lemon and garlic grilled steak w/ feta, hummus and romaine salad.
  • RVA Badge
    RVA BadgeJanuary 31, 2012
    A local hot spot serving delicious food in RVA's Carver district, the 2 foot long subs (aka battleships) were highlighted on Food Network's Man vs Food.
  • Tim S.
    Tim StelzerAugust 4, 2011
    I have never had a bad meal here. Get there right at 9am for bfast and you will have no wait. A quaint joint that serves some delicious food. Must try.
  • Dionne W.
    Dionne WaughFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the CSS Manassas - Fresh, crunchy and quite tasty! And this huge sammich is considered a HALF so be ready for a lot of food!
  • Danny S.
    Danny SpryOctober 26, 2014
    The Red Flannel Hash is one of the best breakfast dishes I've had in a long time.
  • Derek F.
    Derek FerreiraOctober 1, 2016
    Awesome portion size, real bang for your buck. However felt my lamb/beef patty was drowned out by the excessive salad and dressing flavors
  • Tim M.
    Tim MillerFebruary 13, 2016
    USS Congress and USS Roanoke are superb. Wholes are enough to fill up 2 people
  • Amber V.
    Amber VillanuevaOctober 8, 2014
    Everything is amazing! #USSBrooklyn is huge and amazing you will have left overs!
  • Johnny H.
    Johnny HugelMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    One of the best restaurants in Richmond. Order half a battleship. Then watch everyone else who orders a full one and then spends their meal photographing.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HealeyDecember 17, 2014
    No one is exaggerating about the sandwiches here. For breakfast, the huevos rancheros had won many awards.
  • Carson L.
    Carson L. 🇮🇹October 14, 2012
    Lot's of thought goes into each one of their dishes. Worth the wait!
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneSeptember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    USS Brooklyn - Jerk barbecued chicken, loaded into a toasted french baguette with shredded cabbage, roasted banana ketchup & peach chutney.This just made my two friends and I very happy girls.
  • Hollie
    HollieMay 10, 2015
    Was not impressed. I read the reviews and everyone claimed this place was amazing. I got the USS Brooklyn. 1st, it was too big to fit into my mouth. 2nd, it was super spicy. Did not enjoy this at all.
  • RichieRVA
    RichieRVASeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    USS Brooklyn is a perfect blend of spicy and sweet with chicken, banana peppers and a crisp baguette.
  • RVANews
    RVANewsNovember 6, 2013
    The sausage gravy and biscuits make a proper example with fresh, buttery biscuits and a sausage gravy that’s never gloppy. You won’t leave hungry.
  • RichieRVA
    RichieRVAJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the top 5 restaurants in RVA. Everything is good. Try the No Mas Huevos Nuevos for brunch.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MalcolmDecember 29, 2011
    U.S.S. Wabash is amazing...the only problem with eating in the fan is stuck up waitresses and self important college students
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GeorgeNovember 21, 2014
    Adore! The hubby and I love a good sandwich! We split the Battleship. Wow. Come with your appetite!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelJuly 26, 2012
    Order the battleship sandwich The CSS Virginia. It's featured as one of the contenders on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.
  • Michael Z.
    Michael ZeeviMay 18, 2013
    Get half of a "battleship" if you aren't absolutely starving. A half is about a foot long and filled to the brim with toppings.
  • Sterling S.
    Sterling Stokes JrMay 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the USS Cumberland - They improved one of my favorite battleships when they brought it back to the menu.
  • Lili
    LiliJune 2, 2013
    Half size USS Brooklyn and peanut butter pie for dessert. Super tasty and I did NOT have any leftovers.
  • Anu J.
    Anu JayasingheApril 27, 2015
    Probably the best sub I've ever had. They're massive but still taste amazing.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeyersDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a line here but worth the wait. Still no waiting area inside tho so dress warm in the winter!
  • Kelsey C.
    Kelsey CusterFebruary 6, 2015
    Lovely atmosphere and delicious and unique food. Loved the chickpea pancakes!
  • Megan
    MeganMarch 30, 2012
    Their sandwiches are named after submarines and are freaking huge. Get the half-sized sandwich.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WhiteJuly 24, 2014
    Giant amazing sandwiches. The USS Wyoming is like an incredibly delicious vegetarian Vietnamese sandwich.
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayJune 4, 2015
    everything bagel with roast beef and herb cream cheese!
  • Grant M.
    Grant MizellJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Definite WIN: the No Más Huevos Nuevos over Scrambled con Carnitas. #brunch
  • Curtis C.
    Curtis CorrellDecember 16, 2014
    This is one of the coolest brunch spots I've been to. Awesome environment
  • Travel Channel M.
    Try their battleship sandwich The CSS Virginia. It's featured as one of the contenders on Travel Channel's Best Sandwich in America.
  • Ana
    AnaJanuary 6, 2013
    Overwhelmed by the monstrous "battleships"? U.S.S Brooklyn is the best option and tastes even better as leftovers!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SpicerFebruary 9, 2010
    For brunch, check out the "Barn and Bay Breakfast Sandwich." Scrambled eggs, crabmeat, country ham, green onion and swiss cheese on buttered & grilled texas toast. Read more
  • Patricia B.
    Patricia BradbyApril 9, 2013
    The battleships are no joke. I could order the half portion, split it with someone and still be full.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarterNovember 13, 2014
    It's great. Recommend the sandwiches or battleships, whatever they call them
  • B P.
    B PAugust 11, 2014
    Awesome sandwiches large enough to share.
  • Elle B.
    Elle BreezeeAugust 29, 2015
    Brunch is amazing....the bayou biscuits are a must try
  • Mina M.
    Mina MundacaSeptember 10, 2011
    The Barn & Bay Breakfast Sandwich and South Anna Scramble - best breakfast dishes out there!
  • Leslie
    LeslieJuly 5, 2011
    Try one of the Hashes for brunch- salmon, beef or duck. All are so tasty! Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 7, 2011
    Bring your appetite for the 3-feet long, 2.5-pound sandwiches! As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
  • Gab E.
    Gab EspinalesSeptember 25, 2012
    The place is great. Good food and nice decor.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeMarch 13, 2012
    If you only get half a battleship, you'll still have a little room for some peanut butter pie!
  • Samantha A.
    Samantha AllemanFebruary 23, 2013
    The DelMarVa is amazing, especially with the Cajun tartar sauce.
  • Billy P.
    Billy PriceAugust 20, 2014
    I had the USS BROOKLYN....Very spicy, but very good.
  • Nicolas P.
    Nicolas PrattNovember 9, 2016
    Sausage gravy and biscuits = AMAZING
  • Wimo
    WimoNovember 16, 2014
    Great sandwiches, the Brooklyn is my favorite.
  • Paul T.
    Paul TenorioMarch 10, 2012
    This place is delicious. The pot roast hash was awesome.
  • Clayton
    ClaytonApril 13, 2010
    Great sausage biscuits and white breakfast gravy, incredible music selection playing in the background, and nice service
  • Sergio I.
    Sergio IbarraNovember 28, 2014
    USS Brooklyn! Spicier than I thought it would be! Delicious!
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GriggsDecember 2, 2012
    Delicious! Definitely worth any wait!
  • Elisa S.
    Elisa S.April 22, 2013
    CSS Virginia - Fried chicken liver in a baguette - very good!
  • Emily
    EmilyNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the seasonal croissant French toast. Incredible!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BezdicekAugust 6, 2014
    Oh man. A must stop for Richmond.
  • Paige B.
    Paige BJanuary 12, 2013
    Delicious but not a lot of good vegetarian options. Service was satisfactory.
  • shineshineshine
    shineshineshineAugust 30, 2010
    The banana pudding is amazing. Fluffy, light. And I don't even really like banana pudding
  • Paris C.
    Paris CarrApril 2, 2013
    I miss the days when they had their seafood gumbo. Bring it back please!
  • Jon D.
    Jon DaviesSeptember 17, 2016
    All the vegetable sides are flavorful and delectable!
  • kristindownie
    kristindownieFebruary 3, 2012
    the subs will sink you, they're enormous and delicious.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 27, 2014
    Brooklyn. 1/2 off bottle of wine on Wednesday
  • Cynthia T.
    Cynthia TurnerJune 9, 2013
    Tiny, tiny place. I'd call ahead, if allowed, for orders to-go.
  • Kurt M
    Kurt MApril 22, 2013
    The USS Brooklyn, CSS Virginia and USS Wabash
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Black Sheep as seen on Man vs Food , Adam Richman's Best Sandwich Read more
  • Kat P.
    Kat PrideNovember 20, 2011
    The nutella swirl pound cake and coffee icecream is whats up!
  • HappyHour R.
    HappyHour RVAFebruary 8, 2011
    Good food, interesting drinks. Decent patio in good weather.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FeldmanFebruary 14, 2013
    Get the USS Brooklyn ... Great spicy chicken sandwich
  • Gonzi
    GonziOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Bayou Breakfast - So good!
  • Peter M.
    Peter MasucciMarch 19, 2015
    Duck skin tacos are boooooooomb.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BarbeeOctober 3, 2010
    Get the USS Brooklyn. The full-size one. You will NOT be disappointed.
  • Judson S.
    Judson SimpsonApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    USS Wabash! You won't be sorry!
  • Emily
    EmilyJune 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If they have their sweet tea cake, you have to get that.
  • Randal Y.
    Randal YatesMarch 3, 2013
    Awesome food, and very knowledgeable staff
  • Dean B.
    Dean BrowellJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have some dessert (& bottled Cheerwine)! My daughter and I come here even just for that!
  • Michael T.
    Michael ToeurNovember 10, 2013
    Don't go with a big party
  • Sterling S.
    Sterling Stokes JrDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the CSS Manassas - Rainbow trout has never been so good!
  • Kevin Q.
    Kevin QuinlanAugust 26, 2011
    the PB pie is seriously. best. pie. ever.
  • Rhonda T.
    Rhonda ThissenOctober 15, 2010
    Awesome place and friendly people. I wish it were bigger!
  • Gonzi
    GonziOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Green Eggs And Lamb - Amazing!
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MortensenJanuary 4, 2015
    Carnitas and egg is killer.
  • Lauren Z.
    Lauren ZelekFebruary 2, 2014
    Brunch is tasty and cheap!
  • Jerome K.
    Jerome KingDecember 29, 2012
    A must if your in the Richnond Area
  • Grant M.
    Grant MizellMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    French Toast. French Toast. French Toast.
  • Tyler T.
    Tyler TillageAugust 9, 2014
    Try the peanut butter pie!
  • Nicholas C.
    Nicholas CarterAugust 14, 2012
    Saw it on the travel channel in Richmond, VA and had to stop by for the USS Brooklyn
  • Jason S.
    Jason StroupOctober 24, 2010
    get the peanut butter pie. it might be the best thing on the menu.
  • EKG
    EKGFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    This place has some of the most epic food in Richmond... hands down
  • Emily
    EmilyAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't pass up the French Toast Part Deux! French Toast + Croissant + Honey = Yes, Please!
  • Ethan F.
    Ethan FixellMarch 26, 2011
    The peanut butter pie is unREAL.
  • Patrick
    PatrickJune 17, 2016
    All aboard the USS Wyoming
  • Billy P.
    Billy PriceApril 28, 2015
    Everything
  • Troy B.
    Troy BellApril 15, 2016
    CSS Virginia will float your boat!
  • Cristin
    CristinJuly 21, 2013
    Sooo good.
  • Grant M.
    Grant MizellAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Advice: Use your knife in battle.
  • A.c. D.
    A.c. DeushirAugust 18, 2016
    Sandwiches, brunch
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GreenJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with ANYTHING here. It's all good!!
  • Seth T.
    Seth ThompsonJune 28, 2012
    Got to go with the CSS Virginia!!!
  • Travis M.
    Travis MillerFebruary 15, 2016
    Awesome subs
  • Joe A.
    Joe A 🌴October 2, 2014
    Bah Bah Bah
  • Charles M.
    Charles MerrittDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bet you can't eat just one.
  • Parker E.
    Parker EmersonMay 27, 2010
    If you've never had a Session Lager, you're missing out.
  • Taylor D.
    Taylor DawsonJanuary 24, 2015
    Sandwiches!
  • Rajeev I.
    Rajeev IyerDecember 21, 2014
    Whatever you do, do not Jump ship. :(
  • Liz K.
    Liz KayMarch 2, 2016
    Sandwiches
  • Bacon G.
    Bacon GreaseFebruary 4, 2016
    Half a battleship
  • Elena L.
    Elena LagoNovember 24, 2014
    Css Virginia ! ! ! ! !
  • Kate C.
    Kate CarrollDecember 5, 2011
    Weird tiny little place. Get a battleship.
  • Cynthia T.
    Cynthia TurnerJune 9, 2013
    Banana Pudding = Not so good at all!
  • Sky Noir
    Sky NoirNovember 28, 2010
    Pot Roast is great!
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SuttonDecember 10, 2010
    Chicken and dumplings rock
  • Beth Ann F.
    Beth Ann FeherAugust 12, 2010
    It isn't a sub, it is a BATTLESHIP! ;-)
  • VCU I.
    VCU IVJuly 29, 2010
    Get a sub. They are delicious.
  • Jenny Beth F.
    Jenny Beth FriarDecember 23, 2009
    best, least pretentious food in town, hands down
  • escott t.
    escott tJuly 20, 2010
    Abita Rootbeer. Yum.
  • Brian E.
    Brian EntzmingerJanuary 30, 2011
    USS Brooklyn
  • Charles M.
    Charles MerrittMay 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Betcha can't eat just one.
  • Beth M.
    Beth McadamJuly 10, 2010
    Patio for a drinkey... Yes.
  • Jaclyn R.
    Jaclyn RobertsMarch 26, 2010
    Breakfast served til 2pm!
  • RichieRVA
    RichieRVAAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It's a restaurant, not a Chris Farley movie.
  • Kate
    KateMarch 28, 2010
    Awesome decor
  • Tim H.
    Tim HurtNovember 22, 2009
    Battleship
  • John H.
    John HugginsMarch 27, 2011
    This place sucks.
  • Gianluca F.
    Gianluca FiorettiJune 11, 2016
    Tanti sandwich per ogni tipo di gusto
  • Elena L.
    Elena LagoFebruary 9, 2015
    Css Virginia con fegatini fritti!!!
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