Lalo’s, Mbargo, Southerly and Southbound reviews

Lalo’s Cocina Bar & Grill — 3 stars — The Fan

Mbargo — 3 stars — Rocketts Landing

The Southerly — 2 stars — Henrico

Southbound — 3.5 stars — Bon Air

What’s new: food writing + The Scout Guide

I have a few exciting journalism moments to report from the past month. I’ll be taking over the Richmond Times-Dispatch‘s weekly “Dining Out” column, which publishes on Thursdays in the Dining section. Each week I will visit a restaurant in Richmond and write about my experience — the food, drinks, service, people, ambiance, consistency, etc. Dana Craig has been writing the column for the past decade and I’m excited to fill her shoes. More from the Times-Dispatch on the transition here. My first column will run Thursday, July 24.

Also, earlier this month, I started copy editing for The Scout Guide, which is headquartered out of Charlottesville, Va. TSG has more than 50 publications in major cities across the country. I’ll be copy editing and fact checking their publications on a freelance basis.

In other news, a few of my Southern Living stories are slated for publication soon. Stay tuned!

xo, marissa