An Unexpected Pocket of Ethnicity

By Rachel Marsh | January 16th, 2018

Who knew Midlothian Turnpike offered so much ethnic variety?

Midlothian Ethnicity

The stretch of Midlothian Turnpike near Chippenham Parkway often feels like merely a means to get from Point A to Point B. But while you weren’t looking, this unassuming section of highway blossomed into a goldmine of multicultural flavor.

During a recent Fire, Flour & Fork excursion, I scoped out a handful (among many handfuls!) of ethnic eateries, all within a two-mile stretch. From Central American to Asian to Caribbean and more, each of these culinary destinations is owned and operated by individuals who hail from these regions, ensuring quality and authenticity.


The tacos at Panchito, made with crispy corn tortillas, savory fillings and sautéed veggies, taste suspiciously similar to real street tacos from Mexico. Which might be attributed to the fact that all of the chefs are from Mexico. Muy interesante.

6531 Midlothian Turnpike

Facebook @PanchitoRVA | 804-447-1003


Carena's Jamaican Grille
Carena’s Jamaican Grille

Jamaican native Carena Ives brings authentic variety and exclusive spices to the area through specialties such as jerk chicken, ox tail, goat stew and rum punch. While dining here, you must follow the rules: “Eat well, have a drink and relax. In Jamaica, it’s the law!”

7102 Midlothian Turnpike | 804-422-5375


This international marketplace sells merchandise from all over the world, including produce, meats, and niche ethnic products difficult to locate anywhere else in Richmond.

7415 Midlothian Turnpike | 804-675-1425

K Bakery
K Bakery


Discover freshly baked Asian and French-inspired pastries at this Korean Bakery with ingredients guaranteed to shake up your taste buds. Find a wide array of treats, including their sweet rice and red bean pastry or their green tea coffee cake.

7431 Midlothian Turnpike | 804-658-1776


La Sabrosita
La Sabrosita

Though an El Salvadorian bakery, La Sabrosita makes treats from all over Central and South America. Their baked goods are made from scratch daily, filling the air with enticing aromas of delectable pastries, pies, cakes and other sweets.

7730 Midlothian Turnpike | 804-986-9695

La Michoacana
La Michoacana


This Mexican ice cream is smooth and creamy, made with natural fruit, in varieties as unique as the country itself. Indulge in flavors such as mango chili, angel kiss, queso or tequila (worm not included), in ice creams and paletas (popsicles).

7808 Midlothian Turnpike | 804-320-0788

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