Virginia Beach report-Fire and Vine
My SO and I had never been to Virginia Beach or this part of the world, and had done a thorough search on CH before going. We liked Catch 31 at the Hilton, but were bowled over by the food and service at Fire and Vine. It's not a complicated menu, but the quality of the food, excellent service, outstanding and reasonably priced wine list and the ambience was so unexpectedly good, I had to post.
All of their meats are fire roasted on skewers which made for a pretty presentation and perfectly cooked meats. We started with a beef skewer that had a black pepper aoili dipping sauce horseradish that didn't overpower the meat I stuck with the Chef's table for the main meal which is a salad bar on steroids. Four different kinds of salad greens, homemade dressings, an olive bar, three different kinds of Italian cured meats, cheeses and small selections of toppings. After eating BBQ for two days, it was a welcome change. SO had the beef tenderloin with smoked tomato hollandaise and veal sauce redution for dinner, All their beef is from Harris Ranch and just terrific.
I can't remember the wine I because I was drinking by the glass and only had one. But the selection was tremendous and as previously noted, very well priced. We ended the meal with one of the best creme brulee I have ever had and coffees. Total with wine, two cocktails, etc. was $123.00 before tip. We ran into the owner on our way out and he told us there will be more dishes added later this year.
They have their menu and hours posted at www.fireandvine.com
"We liked the ambiance, but the food was questionable. The appetizer was expencive and tasted just OK. Thier chef's table bar offerings($6p/p + to your bill) were absolutly tasteless and the waste of money. Our entrees were very good, but dessert was absolutly horrible. The service is so-so and tries to be professional, but you could see through it that it's not. I would not waste my time and money in this place again."
4 of us went here the next night. Our thoughts are the same. Many wine flight choices in addition to glasses and bottles. We had fish, pork chop, mussels, oysters a Meritage flight. The only disappointment was they seemed a little short staffed, but not painful. Our server was very nice and had plenty of information. The only 2 food losers were the roasted oysters (too bready) and spinich (way too salty). Other than that, a very nice night out. Probably around $75pp. If you're in the area, it's worth the ride.