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May 29, 2008 05:32 PM

Portsmouth, VA

We're traveling to Portsmouth Virginia in early August. We'll only be there for 4 days and are curious about the food scene, if any.
We are particulary fond of cheap ethnic places and good Southern BBQ.
What do you think?

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  1. There are lots of suggestions on the "South" board. Most of the local food scene is in Norfolk (Ghent especially). There are a few places on High Street near Old Town, but I am not too familiar with them. Sydney Meers has a place called Stove in Portsmouth-- he is a long time local chef who has a big following.

    1. The thread, Hampton Roads...where do we eat next is very popular. If you are looking for places, Stove is good, Comfort also is tasty but the food scene in portsmouth is thin, try downtown Norfolk or ghent.

      1. Steve -- Actually, the P'Town scene is pretty robust. Good Pork BBQ at Roger Brown's -- sports bar with better than average bar food and more. Owned by native and former NFL'er. Downtown on High Street. Bier Garten is unique in the area -- 23 German and Belgian beers on tap -- German food is OK, not fantastic. Also on High Street. Comfort, three blocks further down High, serves good Southern "comfort" food. Thumper's is just off High, on Court -- solid, but not spectacular, Cajun. Other higher end places like Brutti's, Cafe Europa, Stove, and Fusion 440 make P'Town the equal of Ghent or Norfolk, just on a smaller, more walkable scale. High Street, as a walkable shopping and dining district, just doesn't have a local match.

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        1. re: 23451bum

          I lived in Portsmouth for a couple of years in the late 80's, early 90's. I'm so glad to hear the good news about the dining scene downtown. Its such a beautiful area, and as you say is very walkable. I'm glad its doing well!