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There definitely isn't enough talk on this board about the local food scene. Any new restaurants you recommend? Any you don't? Let's talk!

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  1. I agree! Hmm, where have I been lately? Stove in Portsmouth is a great spot. We went recently and had their wonderful cheese plate, and some other apps (it's been a few weeks, I can't quite remember, but their cheese plate is amazing). I've also come to love the Boot in Norfolk. It had a rocky start, but the past few times have been wonderful--last weekend, I had mushroom risotto as an entree. It was a bit salty, but overall, very good, and they have reasonable and good wines by the glass. It's a fun spot.
    Pasha Mezze is the place in Norfolk that is getting all the buzz. I have heard wonderful things, and finally got the chance to try it this past weekend. Our experience was not great, but I will give it another try. Most of my complaints were due to the service. We had the turkish sampler as an appetizer (very good), and I had the "lamb chunks" and my husband had a chicken dish. We ordered off of the "mezze" menu (mezze means tapas), but the waiter brought the entree version (and brought rice instead of hummus...by the way, their hummus is fabulous). We never quite figured out how and why the miscommunication occured, but he tried to make up for it (only charged us for the mezze portion)-- but he was just not a very good waiter. I look forward to trying it again, and I will not choose the lamb next time. It was a bit dry and "gamey." I should be clear, however, that I've heard nothing but amazing things about Pasha so this is probably an anomaly.

    I'm also excited to hear that Zoe's has reopened in Va Beach, and still sad about the unfortunate closing of Bobbywood and The Lucky Star. I wonder where and when we will see Bobby Huber show up again???

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    1. re: alsky

      Thanks for responding! I thought it was a lost cause! :)

      Pasha Mezze sounds interesting, I'll have to give it a try.

      Went to Razzo in Norfolk this past weekend. It was good but nothing spectacular. Ordered the calamari as an app, very tender but WAY too oily. Husband had the Penne Ricotta which was great; the fire roasted tomatoes were fabulous in this dish. I had the Papradelle with sausage and peas; it was decent but very filling. The fresh hot bread was good as well. We were too full for desserts, but I'm sure we'll go back and try a few more dishes out.

      I've heard many things about Zoe's so I'll have to put that on my list. Where exactly is it?

      Very upset about Lucky Star. I've heard rave reviews about that place and was actually looking to go there instead of Razzo last weekend...too bad.

      1. re: krisrishere

        Zoe's is on 19th, betwen WRV and the convention center, and across the street from Waring's Gym.

        Lucky Star was no great loss -- above average food, average decor and service, horrible location. Scott Bernheisel will turn up somewhere.

        1. re: 23451bum

          had a really nice meal at zoe's while on vacation thanks to all your recs. would definitely recommend. charming spot and yummy food.

        2. re: krisrishere

          Zoe's is AMAZING. Some friends took me the first time a few weeks ago and the "Lobster Brulee" was out of this world. My husband and I are taking his parents next week. I can not say enough great things about this place.

          1. re: krisrishere

            That's too bad about your experience at Razzo's. We've eaten there twice now and had excellent experiences. I highly recommend their roasted garlic platter. It was so good, I've attempted a duplication at home - which comes close, but not *quite* as good as theirs. I've also had the salmon (a special - not on the regular menu) which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My dining buddies had the lasagna and Veal saltimboca. I didn't personally try the lasagna, but the veal was incredible. Hope you give them another try. My neighbors have also gone several times (it's right up the road) and everyone has been very pleased, so your experience sounds like a rare instance. I *do* advise going early and taking advantage of their wine specials during happy hour - plus you get seated quickly since their dining room is a bit cozy. http://www.razzo-norfolk.com/

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            Razzo
            3248 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518

          2. re: alsky

            I don’t see any mention of Papa Willy's in this thread. Great Caribbean food (Jamaican patties, Trinidadian roti, curry goat, oxtail, etc.). Skip the jerk chicken, though. Last time I was there I tried the Irish Moss: a shake-like drink made from a type of red algae... sort of tastes like eggnog. Excellent.

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            Papa Willy's Caribbean Kitchen
            6220 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

            1. re: rastan

              Never heard of it! How are their beef patties? More importantly, what color is the dough for the beef patties? That's the tell-tale sign of a good patty in my book!

              1. re: krisrishere

                The patties are pretty good, and the shell is the typical dark yellowish color. Try it out! They have weekly specials as well - Caribbean pot roast and shepherd's pie on Thursdays and conch on Saturdays, I think.

                1. re: rastan

                  Ugh, sounds great!! Thank you!

                2. re: krisrishere

                  Do you know of a place that makes a VI style pate? (The non-turmeric kind made with a sweeter dough similar to the Jamaican festival dough - filled with salt-fish, conch, goat, etc. instead of beef)? I've been looking, but have constantly run into the dry, baked yellow dough Jamaican Beef Patty - which is completely different to a Caribbean Pate or a Puerto Rican empanada. If you know of a place, please let me know! Thanks!

              2. re: alsky

                Alsky:
                I have eaten at Pasha and it is definitely worth a second try! The last time I was there it was brunch. Busy but not overcrowded, we had good service too. Friendly, helpful, made some excellent recommendations and prompt. Just the way I think service should be. The food was amazing! The muharamma is so delicious. The Turkish French Toast was enough to make you not care about anything else on the menu and there is sooooo much too care about! I hope you get a better waiter the next time around, b/c Pasha is the type of place that only comes around once every so often.

                Zoe's has re-opened and is by far my favorite place right now. They do wine tastings every so often and my friends and I usually follow that up w/a light dinner. The sommelier on staff is great at his job. I have never ordered a specific wine there. I pick my food, tell him what type of wine "mood" Im in, my price point and some things I know I specifically like or dis-like in wine. He goes to the back works his magic and brings me something this outstanding every time! Oh, and I can't forget the food! It's about that time of year for Lobster Brulee. It's a savory creme brulee as opposed to the typical sweet. That dish is undoubtedly, hands down, without hesitation the best food that I have ever eaten!

                One more thing, Back Bay Gourmet. It's in Red Mill Commons Walk in Va Bch. Good food, a bit pricey, but totally cool "foodie" place. I bought a can of bacon chocolate chip pancake mix there yesterday, just so I could try it.

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                Back Bay
                1869 Mileground Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505

              3. Yes, I've been wanting to try Razzo for some time--I live in Norfolk. Where exactly is it? I also want to try Captain Groovy's, have you been there?
                Bum, I think quite a few people would disagree about the loss of The lucky star. It was a really good restaurant.
                Went to Luna Maya last weekened--YUM! I always love Luna Maya, but hadn't been for a while...I forgot how good it is! And those mojitos...to die for!

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                1. re: alsky

                  I've been to Captain Groovy's twice. Once my sister and I split some appetizers, one being the steamed clams which came with this amazing piece of bread for dipping. We were excited to go back a 2nd time (for my wedding rehearsal lunch) to have it again..well we were disappointed. They were awful and it didn't even come with any bread. Everyone else seemed to like the food though.

                  I still have not yet been to Luna Maya and from what I'm hearing, that's a big shame on me.

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                  Razzo
                  3248 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518

                  1. re: alsky

                    We've been to Captain Groovys and have been happy each time. Lively atmosphere. She Crab soup is pretty delish as is the crabcake appetizer (they serve it with this honey-mustard-tartar dipping sauce that was so addictive we were dipping the lettuce garnish in it and snacking on that before she cleared the dish to make room for our entrees). I had the Voodoo wings last time and they were pretty good. Next time I will ask for them 'naked' since I don't prefer a breaded wing...but the sauce was sufficiently spicy. They were NOT a buffalo wing spicy, so don't go into it expecting that...it was more sweet habanero spicy. Very different and decent. I've also had the Captain's Burrito (with tuna) and it was really good. Took leftovers home it was so large. Nachos were typical, but HUGE...great item to share if you're just going there to enjoy a game and drink some brews. My sister had the Seafood Rincon which I tasted and thought was really good.

                    I highly recommend you check out their "Nightly Specials" online to decide when you'd like to go as they have some pretty good deals and items that are not on their regular menu...the specials change seasonally. http://www.captaingroovys.com/index.php

                    1. re: alsky

                      Oh yeah! Razzo is on Ocean View - look for the pink building on the corner. http://www.razzo-norfolk.com/

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                      Razzo
                      3248 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518

                    2. I am glad you started this topic :-) I love Razzo (the stuffed eggplant is to die for and I hate eggplant!) and I really like their roasted garlic and antipasto platter. They don't have the best wine selection but I like most everything on their menu. As for Groovy's, they have a really good happy hour and their "bucket of clams" is delish. I also love their Tahitian tuna sandwich and their specials are usually good as are their nachos. Another great place for nachos is Havana's. I love Luna Maya, thier tamales are my favorite as are their mojitos and I also really like Taqueria El Rey on Chesapeake blvd...they hand make their torillas, need I say more? Imperio Inca has the worlds best rotisserie chicken and their lenguado a lo macho is awesome. I am also really sad that Bobbywood closed (loved that place, esp the oyster stew and onion salmon) and have never been to Lucky Star or Zoe's so I can't comment. I do like the wine house (small plates not entree's), they have the best wine tasting (4-7 any bottle that's open that you want to taste for $15) and thought that Pasha's food was good when I went during restaurant week. The hummus is amazing and I really liked the turkish coffee and baklava. Has anyone been to Ibiza? I 've heard mixed reviews about the placebut love tapas and authentic Spanish food so I may have to give it a try. I also really like A.W. shucks, never had anything there that I didn't like and I love surfriders crab cakes though they are an "old school" joint. My fav sushi places are Nara and Kyushu (mermaid roll is the best) -both are at the beach. Fellini’s is still my fav for pizza but Cogan’s comes in at a close second and Jade Villa is awesome on the weekends for Dim sum. I also really like Citrus (beach) for brunch on the weekends (great bloodies and mimosas) and No Frill is another classicly good joint, esp for brunch. For the best chicken salad and sandwiches, Taste Unlimited gets my vote and for a romantic dinner for 2, I love the melting pot (know it's not the most gourmet but it forces my husband to slow down, take his time, and enjoy dinner with me for at least 2 hrs! Their wine list is also very extensive and I have always had good service there.

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                      1. re: bythebayov

                        I agree with you re: AW Shucks (one of my favorite spots), Luna Maya, Fellinis, Cogans, Surfrider, No Frill, and Melting Pot....all great places! :)
                        Haven't been to Ibiza--I too have heard mixed reviews. Been to Kyushu once, liked it, need to go again....and really want to try Taqueria El Rey.
                        Also, I heard that Lucky Star reopened or is reopening at the Westin?? Very exciting!
                        Crackers is my other fave spot!

                        1. re: alsky

                          Definitely like AW Shucks, never been to Luna Maya and from what I've heard; shame on me. Never been to Taqueria el Rey which, again shame on me, because I live basically within walking distance of it.

                          What are some go to things to order at Luna Maya and Taqueria el Rey??

                          Very excited to here about Lucky Star. I really need to start a list of places that I need to go.

                          1. re: krisrishere

                            I always order tacos at el Rey, favs being the barbacoa (succulent pot roast type meat) and al pastor (think it's fried pork!). At luna maya, my fav is the tamale and the corn pastel or torta (think that's what it's called)and I also love the mojitos...

                            1. re: bythebayov

                              Oh yeah..all about the pastel. Might have to make a trip there this weekend. Does it usually get really packed at dinner?

                              On another note, just read that Trader Joe's on Laskin Road is opening. That's exciting.

                              1. re: krisrishere

                                really exciting, think it's grand opening is today!!!! If my mom wasn't flying in from south america, id be there~! Luna Maya is usually pretty full esp on the weekends but is def worth any wait!

                                1. re: bythebayov

                                  I can just imagine how packed that place is going to be...all. the. time.

                            2. re: krisrishere

                              Luna Maya: We always get Burrito Colorado and the Guacamole (they have the BEST guacamole!); recently I also got the taquitos. Yum. And the mango mojitos. They are known for their tamales, but that's not my thing. Packed on the weekends unless you go early!

                          2. re: bythebayov

                            have to add in a few more places...Pollards chicken still gets my vote for good down home southern food on the cheap (I order the chicken tenders, home made sweet and sour sauce, greenbeans, corn pudding, sweet potatoe fries, bread pudding, etc my husband loves the mac and cheese but it's a little weird (suspect it may be prepkged) to get my vote) and now we aslo love Tienda Jessy as much if not more than El Rey (enchiladas verdes are my fave here as are the aguas. They also have a bakery and sell latin cuts of beef!) We also go to the camel on saturdays for buy one get one free prime rib, not fancy but good and cheap (2 12oz slices w salad and a baked potato for $15, can't beat it and the camel really does a have an old school dive bar feel, something I am sure Anthony Bourdain would enjoy :-) There bloody marry breakfast (ny strip steak, 3 eggs cooked any way, homefries, bisquit or toast and a bloody for $8) is also one of the best deals in town, just remember THIS PLACE IS NOT FANCY!!! and the locals def have their own flavor that adds to the experience lol!

                            1. re: bythebayov

                              Where is the Camel?

                              1. re: rastan

                                The Thirsty Camel is in the Ocean View area of Norfolk. Right by the OV Pier on West Ocean View Ave.

                                1. re: krisrishere

                                  Found it! Thanks

                                  The Thirsty Camel Restaurant
                                  394 West Ocean View Avenue
                                  Norfolk, VA 23503
                                  (757) 588-9877

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                                  The Thirsty Camel
                                  394 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503

                              2. re: bythebayov

                                Thanks for the Pollard's recommendation - decent fried chicken and sides... and like you said, the price was right. Only downside were the creepy biscuits served with "honey sauce" (HFCS plus a dash of honey) and "52% whipped spread". I guess that's how they keep the costs down?

                                1. re: rastan

                                  u kinda have to embrace it as a part of the experience I suppose :-) glad you liked pollards, def better then any fast food place, sure there must be a good soul food joint w good chicken just don't know of one, if you do please let me know about it! Harrys Downtown (closed a few years back) made great ribs, chickens, fried pies, etc but they closed :-(

                            2. Another new place I just saw is on Tidewater Drive across from WalMart - Pho Hung I believe is the name. It's in the old taco restaurant.

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                              1. re: krisrishere

                                you're kidding! Have you tried it yet? any good?

                                1. re: bythebayov

                                  Nope haven't been there. It always looks closed for some reason...or just really dead. I love pho, but I haven't had any here in Virginia yet; I should give it a try.

                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                    There are quite a few Vietnamese joint in the area. For true authentic vietnamese feel, definitely go to Pho 79 in VB. for a little better setting, Pho 78.
                                    My favorite place is still Terrapin down towards the ocean front. Nice cozy atmosphere with great food and service.

                                    1. re: cosmofoodie

                                      I really didn't like Pho 79 ...what did you order? Thought the broth was too salty and the meat wasn't that great. Want to try Pho 78

                                      1. re: bythebayov

                                        Never been to either :( Where is Pho 78?

                                        1. re: krisrishere

                                          not positive, but will look it up...the vietnamese girl that does my nails occasionally told me it was the best in the area (where she and her family eat), she also said 79 was dirty?
                                          ok, here's the address and the link is for a couple of reviews on yelp

                                          http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-78-vietna...
                                          752 Timberlake Shopping Ctr
                                          Virginia Beach, VA 23452

                                      2. re: cosmofoodie

                                        Have you tired Vietnam Garden on VB Blvd? It's tucked away a little shopping center near TJ Maxx/Bread Box Cafe. Excellent fresh food and we've been going for years. Small, but modern inside, and very clean. Don't let the sketchy shopping center deter you. Pho was great, but my fave are their spring rolls & seafood crepe.

                                        1. re: cameronTea

                                          The seafood crepe sounds wonderful!

                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                            My family and I have been going to Vietnam Garden for years and I would say it's the best vietnamese place in town. Try the sesame pancake, spring rolls, curry chicken, and pho. Could not rave too much about this place.

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                                            Vietnam Garden
                                            2404 Virginia Beach Blvd Ste 114, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

                                2. Didn't feel like cooking last night, so hubby suggested we try Cagney's (corner of Little Creek and Chesapeake Blvd). It's Cracker Barrel meets Friendlys. They spent a lot of time with the decoration inside and it looked nice. I ordered the meatloaf with fried okra and mashers, hubby ordered fried shrimp with onion rings and corn. Apparently they had a party of 25 so the kitchen was backed up. Even after that order went out, food was still sitting in the window. After 40 minutes our food arrived piping hot but completely underseasoned. Everything was tasteless. Even the onion rings and fried okra obviously had no seasoning on them before or after they were dipped and fried. It might just be chalked up to a busy night, but I think I'm too forgiving.

                                  The prices were cheap, so that might (*might*) be a reason to try again. We both got milkshakes there a few days ago and they were good, but a little pricey. $6 for a small milkshake. I think it will be one of those places where you just go in and grab and appetizer and an ice cream.

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                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                    sounds like that comercial where they serve cardboard...wondered about that place since I live near it and am glad to know it isn't great! Has anyone tried the new pho place on tidewater near walmart?

                                    1. re: bythebayov

                                      I wish we could get some local hounds together to go out for an evening of good food!

                                      1. re: krisrishere

                                        we def should....would be a blast!

                                  2. Digging up an old thread. :) I went to Regino's a few weeks ago after many rec. from different people. The place reminds me of old hole-in-the-wall pizza joints I'm used to from back in Connecticut. The pepperoni on the pizza is thickly sliced and to die for. I'd go back just for that! :)

                                    1. Went to Aw Shucks last weekend. Just terrible. Everything is over salted or way over Old Bay'ed. The fried seafood was left in the fryer too long and tasted like the oil had not been changed in months. The one bright spot was the tomato crab chowder which was good (but again, over salted). Very dissapointed. Interesting menu poorly executed and a complete waste of money.

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                                      1. re: bimmertimmer

                                        That's a shame to hear. I hope it's just a fluke (although a bad one). I've been there a couple of times and I've had no complaints. I'll have to give it another try.

                                        1. re: bimmertimmer

                                          Went to AW Shucks for the first time this past weekend. We were planning to sit at he bar and eat oysters and appetizers. Got there early (5:30) but every seat at the bar was taken so we got a table. Wasn't thrilled with the strong smokey smell from the adjacent bar. Oysters were good though a bit over priced for east coast oysters at such a casual place. The seared tuna app was terrible. It was very thick cut with white strips of connective tissue throughout - pretty much impossible to eat and definitely not he right cut to be eaten raw.

                                          Between the smoke and the poorly executed tuna, I was basically turned off and we decided to move on. We ended up at Empire LBB where we had a terrific tapas meal. Included rabbit enchilada, duck carpaccio, bronzed scallops with lobster sushi rice, deconstructed gyro, and a few more I can't remember now.

                                          1. re: sehill

                                            sorry your experience was bad. I am a smoker, so the smell doesn't bother me. I love the oyster shooters and the goat cheese/fried green tomato app is my fav. If you go back, try it. I haven't been to empire in years but will have to give it another try.

                                            1. re: bythebayov

                                              I'm sorry to hear this as well. I don't think I've ever had a bad experience at AW Shucks--it is my "go to" place for casual, good food. I don't like the smoke either, however. One caveat, I never get fried food. Glad you liked Empire---Crackers (it's sister restaurant) is another one of my favorites for great food and beer... Was just there tonight! :)

                                        2. Went to grab some Chinese at a local OV place and saw a new restaurant that just opened - Mojo Bones. Evidently they specialize in BBQ. Looks like a really hip joint. Anyone checked it out yet? It's in the row of stores across from Greenies, where Pizza Hut etc. is.

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                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                            went there for lunch last thurs and had a pulled pork lunch plater (tiny bit of slaw and buttermilk potato salad) the q was decent (spicy and don't think they smoke it on premises) and the potato salad, mac salad and deviled eggs were really good (loved the additon of deviled eggs as a side.) I didn't like that all the sides were a la cart (not typical for a bbq restaurant) and prices seemded a little steep if you add inn 1-2 sides at $3 a piece. The interior was funky and hip with a murial, a "dont tread on me" flag and plenty of exposed wood. Another cool feature is there an extensive bourbon menu. Im not a bourbon drinker, but have a couple of guy friends that will love this. They also had a decent variety of beers on tap including Legend. I think they are also going to have live bands and I would guess that they planed for the place to be more of a bar than a resaurant. The Kitchen is open but again no smoker in sight and didn't smell any smoke when I walked in the resaurant (never a good sign for bbq) Overall, I would eat there again, but would mainly go back for drinks or to watch a band: -) glad there's finally a "hip" locale to hang out in OV.

                                            1. re: bythebayov

                                              Thanks for the info! It sounds pretty interesting. I will definitely check it out, especially if they have a band :)

                                          2. Any seafood recommendations? We'll be in the area for a week and will probably need a break from Colonial Williamsburg. We'll be travelling with 3 teens. Thanks for your help!

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                                            1. re: mushimushi427

                                              How far are you willing to travel?

                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                We're on vacation in Williamsburg with 3 teens. Is it tacky to ask if we can get Maryland style crabs in Virginia?

                                                1. re: mushimushi427

                                                  if you go not too far off from williamsburg into the area known as "the rivah" you can find lots of GREAT places. it's BEAUTIFUL and imho under explored. there's chesapeake bay seafood so may be some blue crabs. high end includes the tide's inn - but you may want to search here for the northern neck or the rivah and see what you find. there is some both north and south (irvington vs. gwinn's island) just takes getting off the beaten path a bit.

                                                  1. re: AMFM

                                                    Try Pierces BBQ while you are up there. If you like Q, you'll love Pierces!

                                                    http://www.pierces.com/

                                                    In Norfolk another fun place to try is Doumars! FoodNetwork's Guy Fierey from Dinners drive-ins and dives came to check it out, they claim to have invented the ice cream cone and have great ice cream, shakes, burgers and dogs. I love the grilled cheese or blt and a rootbeer shake! their limeades and strawberry ringo are also amazing!

                                                    http://www.doumars.com/

                                              2. re: mushimushi427

                                                Surfrider on Shore drive has the best crab cakes and bay burger ever! Their hush puppies and crab dip are great as well. This place isn't fancy but serves fresh local seafood and has a decent view. Here's the site :-)

                                                http://www.surfridergroup.com/Taylors...

                                              3. Any thoughts on the best place to get a bagel in the area?

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                                                1. re: arjone

                                                  Yorgo's in Norfolk. It's on Colonial Ave around where AW Shucks is. Pretty decent bagel.

                                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                                    I second yorgos...I love the everything bagel w. lox cream cheese or the honey wheat bagel with strawberry cc MMMMMMM.....

                                                    http://www.yorgosbageldashery.com/

                                                    1. re: bythebayov

                                                      Just for the record, I go to Yorgos about twice a week and don't get bagels! I get a ham and cheese wrap (hot) with all the toppings, and I think it is the best sandwich in town...and healthy!!!

                                                      1. re: alsky

                                                        easy to be good when you aren't paying rent. :)

                                                        http://hamptonroads.com/2009/08/norfo...

                                                        1. re: 23451bum

                                                          Ha! Yes, I did see that...:)

                                                2. We're going to spend the 4th of July in Yorktown. Any suggestions for seafood? I'd love some crab cakes. Thanks! :)

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                                                  1. re: mushimushi427

                                                    NO idea if it's good but i've always thought this place looked interesting.

                                                    http://riverwalkrestaurant.net/

                                                    1. re: AMFM

                                                      just saw this and I know I am late sorry! It's not seafood but County grill has awesome bbq and I love their cornbread w honey butter and the potato salad is to die for!

                                                      1. re: bythebayov

                                                        Thanks. We did not have reservations for any restaurant and unfortunately had to squeeze in where we could. The fireworks were great! Watching the show from the beach was absolutely marvelous! We had a wonderful time and now we're back in our home town, NYC.

                                                        1. re: mushimushi427

                                                          glad you had fun and hope you come bk again :-)

                                                  2. I only live in Va. a few months a year and am trying to work my way through some of the recommendations here. We really liked Stove. Very dissapointed with Aw Shucks (see post above). Enjoyed Bardo, but don't view it as anything special. Heading to the Boot this weekend. Thanks for the recs.

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                                                    1. re: bimmertimmer

                                                      If you liked the Boot, try Green Onion on Colley. Excellent food. The chef also apparently has opened a new restaurant, 37th and Zen on Hampton and 37th (obviously). Our friends went and said it's more like a lounge with good appetizers.

                                                      1. re: bimmertimmer

                                                        LOVE Stove!

                                                      2. Anyone going to Norfolk Restaurant week this week? I think we're going to check out Il Colosseo.

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                                                        1. re: krisrishere

                                                          never made it :-( How was colosseo?

                                                          1. re: bythebayov

                                                            Not great. It ended up being 4 courses for $20 or $30. First course selection was a salad or calamari ($30 menu) but they had no calamari. Ok. Second course was caesar, greek or garden salad; yes another salad. Small portions, but that's ok because you're getting 4 courses, right? My greek salad came with no dressing. My husbands salad dressing was spilled down the back of his dress shirt. Good selection of main courses, I got the fruit de mare and my husband got roasted swordfish. My fragments of scallops were terribly overcooked and the clams/mussels tasted like they had seen better days. My husbands swordfish was obviously frozen and also overcooked. He also had some mashed potatoes that were from a box. Dessert you had a choice between chocolate cake and creme brulee cheesecake. The chocolate cake was a previously frozen box cake, probably from Sysco..the same with the cheesecake. Overall, it was a waste of $70.

                                                            1. re: krisrishere

                                                              so sorry to hear that! I have only had 1-2 good experiences during restaurant week (they cut bk on quality to do the lower prices and the servers are running around like mad men and women!) I really want to try la bella's (ghent) prix fix meal (3 courses for $25) M-thur I think. Maybe that will be better? Also want to try Freemason's lobster dinner for $15pp. Have you had either?

                                                              1. re: bythebayov

                                                                I've been to la bella's, but I have not had their prix fixe. I really enjoyed their food though. I would much rather spend $70 on something like la bella where I get 2 entrees, instead of 4 really crappy courses. I didn't know Freemason had a lobster dinner?! I'm all about lobster of any kind! I'll definitely have to check both out.

                                                                Once again, a call for a Hampton Road Chowhounds dinner! lol

                                                                1. re: krisrishere

                                                                  The freemason lobster deal is only good on Wednesday, otherwise its $24.. definately worth the wait for a wednesday. Coming from the Long Island lobster is not worth $20 or more to me.

                                                                2. re: bythebayov

                                                                  I second La Bella. I believe the four-course is now being offered more than Mon-Thur, but I'm not positive. As for Freemason, I've always thought it was overrated. IMO, since we're in Hampton Roads, enjoy the great oysters, crab, and local fish. Lobster is just going to be overpriced.

                                                          2. Looks like Hampton Roads has a good bunch of Chowhounds... I'd love to pick your brain - I'll be staying at The Founders Inn over Labor Day for the half marathon and would love some suggestions. Need to carb-load on Saturday night, big brunch on Sunday, open for anything Sunday night and will have young kids with us. Thanks for your help!

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                                                            1. re: BrynVA

                                                              I adore the food at Founders Inn. I would try to have at least a dinner and definitely their brunch on Sunday there. The brunch might be more kid friendly.

                                                              Carb-load on Saturday huh? I've always enjoyed the pasta at Federico's in Va Beach. It's a little bit of a drive from Founders Inn, but I like it. I'm sure you'll get some other suggestions as well :)

                                                              Good Luck!

                                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                                you've prob been to five guys burgers, but there is one near the Founders Inn and it it very kid friendly (Independence location.) I also like Nara (sushi) on Independence and Town Center (further down on independence) has a ton of restuarants (though mainly chains like PF changs and Cheesecake factory). Zia Marie's off of Pleasure house (lookout road) is a great Italian joint (can find plenty of carbs here!) and there are a ton of seafood restaurants along shore drive that are pretty good. For brunch, I love Citrus though the wait can be pretty long on weekends. I love Jade villa (independence) on the weekends because they do dim sum (MMMMM) and open at 11. Hope this helps and I will let you know if I can think of anything else :-)

                                                                1. re: bythebayov

                                                                  Thank you bythebayov!

                                                                2. re: krisrishere

                                                                  Thank you, Krisrishere!

                                                                3. re: BrynVA

                                                                  Go to Steinhilber's for pasta or the fried shrimp on Saturday. Quiet and older crowd but the food is good. I think the Club Room (right name?) in Founder's Inn is better than Swan Terrace, and would probably be better with kids.

                                                                  1. re: BrynVA

                                                                    for nearby carbo-loading, I'd recommend Mannino's. Much closer to Founder's than any of the other recs. http://www.manninositalianbistro.com/...

                                                                    I'd also second the other recs for Steinhilber's for the Sunday evening meal. Very child friendly, and probably the best seafood in the area. If you want a slightly lower price point but very close on the seafood price quality, then any of the multiple Surf Rider's would be an excellent choice. Two close to Founder's -- one at 723 Newtown Rd, just north of 264. One, right on the water, at 8180 Shore Dr. Little further, but if you want to sit on the water, a better choice. http://www.surfridergroup.com/

                                                                    Enjoy your weekend, and be sure to check out the great music at the oceanfront during the weekend.

                                                                    1. re: 23451bum

                                                                      Thanks for the great advice, 23451bum. I'll let you know where we end up

                                                                  2. Just heard from a friend of a friend that Bobby Huber is the exec chef at Steinhilber's, sorry if I butchered the name. For those of you who were looking for him to resurface. I haven't heard if he plans on doing anything to the menu though. When I get a chance I'm going to have to go down there and give it a try.

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                                                                    1. re: chefsteveo

                                                                      I'm not familiar with that restaurant..where is it?

                                                                      1. re: krisrishere

                                                                        I don't know either, I was going to use my gps to get there, but check them out at steiny's.com for more info. They have their full menu online also. I do know that they have been there forever, I just don't know where in Virginia Beach it is. They just won the Virginian-Pilots best fried shrimp award in last sunday's news paper and I've heard that their twice baked potato is really good. They don't do anything fancy just good food presented nicely. Good luck and let me know if you go.

                                                                        1. re: chefsteveo

                                                                          Steinhilbers is at the end of Thalia Road in Virginia Beach- fine dining with a casual atmosphere- dress up or not (later is dressier). Thanks for the info on where Bobby Huber is! We loved Bobbywood and were so sad when it closed. We will be checking out Steinhilbers this weekend and will report back!
                                                                          Another new local fav is Burton's Grill in Hilltop area of VB- WOW! Be sure to try the gingerbread Icecream sandwich- what a treat!! Foodies at heart rejoice!

                                                                          1. re: culturesunlimited

                                                                            Give us the update on Burtons! Can't wait to go see bobby at Steiny's (although I must say that seems like an unusual spot for him!)

                                                                    2. We'll be spending some time at the beach in a few weeks. Any opinions on this list of places?

                                                                      No Frill Grill
                                                                      Malbon Brothers BBQ
                                                                      Zest
                                                                      Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar
                                                                      Eat An American Bistro
                                                                      The Lucky Star

                                                                      We will definitely be eating at Terrapin, Coastal Grill and Y Not Pizza. Thanks!

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                                                                      1. re: jennyschoenherr

                                                                        Eurasia cafe & wine bar: pretty good place. If you sit outside, you can buy a bottle of wine from the PJ baggins, which has a good wine selection, and open the bottle and have dinner serve to you. The food is good, but not awe inspiring, but not much does in this area.
                                                                        Eat, an American Bistro: been there once with a friend, small cozy environment. food again is good and memorable. Had a rock fish \ wrapped in rice paper over a bed of saute spinach with thai curry sauce.
                                                                        Both are definitely worthwhile to eat at.

                                                                        1. re: jennyschoenherr

                                                                          My husband and I try and make the drive out to Malbon Bros. every once and a while..it's so good. We usually get the top hog combo - SO much food, good prices. I hear that on saturday's they have an all-you-can-eat pig roast for $5.

                                                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                                                            In another thread I saw a recommendation for Whitner's BBQ (www.whitnersbbq.com). Any idea how they compare to Malbon's (www.malbonbrothersbbq.com)?

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                                                                            Whitner's BBQ
                                                                            869 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

                                                                        2. Did anyone see Sunday's Pilot? The results of the Beef Taco taste test had Tienda Jessy's as the winner. In reading the comments online however, many people are upset that Taqueria El Rey wasn't even nominated.

                                                                          Can anyone compare the beef tacos of the two places?

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                                                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                                                            I too was disapointed that El Rey did not make the list. I have tried the carne asada tacos at both joints and while the beef flavors are pretty similar, the difference is in the corn tortilla. The tortillas at Jessy's got soggy too quickly and the bottom fell out. I can inhale tacos like no-one's business, but half of the 2nd taco and all of the third had to be eaten with my fork due to the spillage. The El Rey tortillas are made fresh, have a really aromatic corn flavor, and hold up well, even when i load the thing up with lime juice and hot sauce. I also like that they bring out the little topping tray with your meal, so you can pile on as much onion and cilantro as you want. I actually prefer the desebrada (shredded beef) over the carne asada though. Much more tender and flavorful, although i have not tried the desebrada at Jessy's.

                                                                            1. re: mle1111

                                                                              Great information! Do you go to the El Rey on Bayview or the new El Rey #2 on Little Creek?

                                                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                I have tried both. My first visit was to the Bayview location. Very small but friendly. More like a take out place though. Nowadays, we eat at the LC location. Full service except for alcohol. They do serve up several flavors of Agua Frescas (my faves are the pina and melon), mexican coke, and the usual sodas.

                                                                                1. re: mle1111

                                                                                  Fantastic. I'll have to give it a try..I could probably walk to both of them, so my bad for not checking them out sooner :)

                                                                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                    finally tried the pupuseria on Chesapeake blvd (El Gavilan) and thought the food was amazing! Really loved the tamales de pollo (weekends only) they are wrapped in banana leaves and have chicken, potatoes, etc...to die for. Can't wait to try the caldo rez (salvadorian/mexican beef stew). Tried the pupusas (squash and lorcoro sp?) and these were very good as well. I esp liked the cabage salad that accompanied. I like the aguas here better than at El Rey (not as sweet). Give it a try if you get a chance, really yummy and authentic food, good prices though staff can be a bit hit or miss. I still havent seen a single person in here that didn't look latin which is always a good sign!

                                                                                    1. re: bythebayov

                                                                                      I wouldn't be surprised if we were nextdoor neighbors :) lol

                                                                                      I've never been there, but it sounds good. Is it a Salvadorian restaurant or is it just a mix?

                                                                                      1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                        that would be funny...talking online, sitting next to each other and never knowing it was the person from chowhound :-) It's mainly Salvadorian with some mexican food as well (fajitas, pupusas, caldo de rez, menudo, etc)

                                                                          2. Here is a list of my favorite places in the expanded TIDEWATER area:

                                                                            1) The Boardwok by the Food Lion at Sandbridge Rd. & PA Rd. Good fusion of Asian, American, and Polynesian food. The best hot & sour soup in the entire area, and the chicken salad plate is awesome.

                                                                            2) Margie & Rays on Sandbridge Rd. if you are in the mood for fried seafood. The Hurricane Margie will feed 3 - 4 people for about $35.00.

                                                                            3) The Coinjock Marina Restaurant is about half way to Nags Head, but worth the pleasant drive for great seafood & prime rib.

                                                                            4) The Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City is open between October & April. Also worth the drive, but sit at the bar even if you have to wait. It's the dining experience that counts.

                                                                            5) Pirate's Cove in the Food Lion shopping center at the intersection of Battlefield Blvd. and the Great Bridge bypass near Chesapeake General. Good seafood at reasonable prices with daily specials.

                                                                            6) The Court House Cafe in the heart of Great Bridge has always been a pleasant dining experience.

                                                                            7) Tautogs at the beach is also a pleasant experience, plus they have their own parking.

                                                                            I've always liked the Surfrider for their crab cakes, but I've been VERY disappointed with them the last two times I've been there.

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                                                                            1. re: foodjack

                                                                              Great list! I LOVE Margie and Ray's - and the Hurricane Margie. Such a great deal. I've heard great things about The Oyster Bar and Pirate's Cove from co-workers, however I've never been. My friend goes to Pirates Cove and always raves about the fried fish platter (pollock maybe?).

                                                                              How are the prices at The Oyster Bar?

                                                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                I think Pirate's Cove actually calls it the"Pile of Pollock," and it will easily feed two people. My wife and I brought fish home after ordering it. The Oyster Bar's prices are reasonable. They also have an order called fish bites (I think) which is just like the Pile of Pollock. The nice thing about the OB is the down home come-as-you-are atmosphere. The guys behind the bar are like construction workers by day, and oyster shuckers by night. Canned beer; its great! You can also order anything on the menu as a la carte. So if you want 6 oysters, 6 shrimp, and the bowl of crab meat (to die for) you can do it without all of the side dishes. Oysters are served raw by the dozen, (usually more than twelve; different math in NC from VA) or steamed by the peck or half peck. On weekends, you'll wait in a line to eat at the bar. We'll drive down on a week night for a nice mid-week diversion. We also do that for the Coinjock Marina Restaurant. Everything is good there, and every table gets a basket of their hot just cooked fresh potato chips. It is right on the inter-coastal waterway, so in the spring and fall you can walk along the dock and look at the yachts that you cannot afford to buy in this lifetime. Catering to this type of customer is probably why the food is good. Best stuffed flounder ever! Enjoy.

                                                                            2. Happy Sunday everyone!

                                                                              Does anyone have any Williamsburg recs? The hubby and I are traveling to Williamsburg en route to our 1st wedding anniversary U2 concert in Charlottesville. We will be in the area around noon, however this will probably be our breakfast/lunch/dinner for the day. I always go to 2nd St. Bistro when I'm there, however I'm looking for something different. We spent a small fortune on the tickets, so a moderately priced restaurant would be fantastic :)

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                                                                              1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                none in Williamsburg but I LOVED!!! Mas in Charlottesville. If you get a chance, check it out and have a blast at the show! Here's their link
                                                                                http://www.mastapas.com/

                                                                                1. re: bythebayov

                                                                                  ill agree with the pilot. Tienda Jessy's reminds me of taqueiras in mexico. The food is hands down the best Mex you will find in the whole 7 cities. El Rey aint got nothin on Jessy.

                                                                                  1. re: thegeniusmillionaire

                                                                                    haven't had it yet but will try. Really like el gavilan (on Chesapeake) as well, really awesome menudo (if you're adventurous) and awesome tamales. Any one have the best pho rec?

                                                                                2. re: krisrishere

                                                                                  Live in Williamsburg and frequently visit area restaurants. In the Merchant's Square area near Colonial Williamsburg, there are 4 places I would recommend - The Fat Canary and adjacent Cheese Shop for fine dining, and great sandwiches and prepared takeout, respectively, the Trellis for American Regional, Blue Talon Bistro for classic french bistro fare in an upscale environment, and Berret's for seafood. There are also a couple of places in or near the New Town development - Center Street Grill (American Regional with some nice Asian influences as well), Buon Amici (Italian), and Thaijindesu (newly opened sushi and Thai - second location of a great restaurant in Newport News). Nearby is Baker's Crust, a good choice for lunch. Newly opened in the Monticello Shopping Center is Moon Asian Bistro, a pleasant surprise featuring upscale atmosphere, nice service, an innovative sushi and Asian menu, and a great kitchen. I also like a local, one location Italian place, Giuseppi's on Old Towne Road near the Premium Outlet mall. Out Route 60 near Busch Gardens are an excellent decades-old French Restaurant, Le Yaca, and across the road from it a nice Thai place, Emerald, and another quality local Italian offering, Maurizio's. Near the College of William and Mary, many people like Paul's Deli for reasonably priced good food and the Green Leafe Cafe for its good food and excellent selection of draft and bottled beer. That should get you started. There are plenty of good dining alternatives in Williamsburg now - far more than a few years ago for those who haven't been here in awhile.

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                                                                                  Fat Canary
                                                                                  410 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

                                                                                  Le Yaca
                                                                                  1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5663

                                                                                  Center Street Grill
                                                                                  5101 Center St, Williamsburg, VA 23188

                                                                                  Thaijindesu
                                                                                  2180 William Styron Sq S, Newport News, VA 23606

                                                                                3. Has anyone experienced A Chef's Kitchen in Williamsburg? The premise looks interesting, and the menu is drool inspiring. How much interaction is there between the chefs and the guests? Looking to go for a birthday dinner and would love to hear about someone's experience.

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                                                                                  1. re: mle1111

                                                                                    i have been. it was fun and the food was pretty good. not a lot of interaction but good teaching - just more didactic. can definitely ask questions, it's laid back.

                                                                                    1. re: mle1111

                                                                                      Late to the party, but A Chef's Kitchen has served me some of the best meals of my life, and John Gonzales and his sidekick are wonderful. Highly recommend it.

                                                                                      1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                        really want to try this place, thanks for the rec :-)

                                                                                        1. re: bythebayov

                                                                                          A tip about A Chef's Kitchen--during the week, the classes are about half the price that they are on weekends, the difference being that weekends include wine with all courses, but on weekdays you can buy your own wine. David stocks wines that are all $10 and rated highly by Wine Spectator. Now regulars hog up these weekday classes and popular weekend classes like Foods of Tuscany, so reserve far in advance!

                                                                                    2. Does everyone know that Williamsburg's famed Trellis is now owned and operated by David Everett, the chef/owner of The Blue Talon? This is music to my ears as I haven't had a good meal at The Trellis in years and generally have wonderful meals at the Talon. Yes, they are keeping Death by Chocolate on the menu.

                                                                                      1. Who has been to this Razzo place? Can't remember if I heard about it here or where? Where else in OV is tasty?

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                                                                                        1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                          I love Tienda Jessy (mexican, local, traditional, delish won best taco in Norfolk, but I love their enchiladas verdes the best), LOVE Razzo and like Captain Groovys (horrible name, pretty good food, great happy hour special) surfrider makes great bay burgers, crabcakes and hush-puppies. Hope you enjoy eating through OV :-)
                                                                                          Here are the links for the last 2
                                                                                          http://www.razzo-norfolk.com/
                                                                                          http://captgroovysgrillandrawbar.com/
                                                                                          http://hamptonroads.com/2008/10/heart... (link about tienda Jessy
                                                                                          )http://www.surfridergroup.com/

                                                                                        2. My husband and I went to Pho 79 in Chesapeake last week and it was really good! It was his first Vietnamese experience so we went easy - pho with brisket and a grilled pork bahn mi. He loved it!

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                                                                                          1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                            You should invite VAfoodie to join the Tidewater Taste Buds for our upcoming outing on 3/27.

                                                                                            1. re: foodjack

                                                                                              k tried #1 saigon and LOVED IT! They have the Vietnamese sandwiches (to die for) and the spring rolls are awesome too! also heard vietnam garden is great but never been there. SO glad you like the PHO :-) hope we meet up again soon!
                                                                                              JnJ

                                                                                              1. re: foodjack

                                                                                                Thanks foodjack. I'm definitely on the email list (I think?) for the outings. Haven't been able to make the last two, but am really hoping to make the next. I'm dying for Bahn Mi (below), and eager to turn ya'll on to our limited finds here on the Peninsula. Now Williamsburg--that's another story, but a hike I know for most Tidewater Chowhounds.

                                                                                                1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                                  will hike for food :-) and thanks for the tips!

                                                                                                  1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                                    ha! or suffer through traffic in the HRBT for food! :) We've been to NC, there's no reason why we couldn't come to your neck of the woods!

                                                                                                    1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                      When the reincarnated Create Bistro reopens (named something like Circa 1919) in Newport News, would ya'll be interested in that hike? And another place that is really fun is A Chef's Kitchen. If we go on a weeknight it's half the price of what it is on weekends, but you have to reserve FAR in advance. Google A Chef's Kitchen to see what classes/meals John is offering.

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                                                                                                      Create Bistro
                                                                                                      10417 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601

                                                                                                      A Chef's Kitchen
                                                                                                      501 Prince George St Ste 102, Williamsburg, VA 23185

                                                                                                      1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                                        ive wanted to go there for a while, def interested!!!

                                                                                              2. I live in south hampton roads and you all need to face the fact that we live in a culinary wasteland. A lot of really nice places but absolutely no outstanding food. It is what it is.
                                                                                                I love living here but to eat outstanding food like a true foodie, you need to go to dc or NY.

                                                                                                And any poster who uses awesome and to die for in the same post about hampton roads food needs to be sent to the penalty box for a five minute major.

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                                                                                                1. re: thespiritualmidget

                                                                                                  While I'll agree that the food here in Hampton Roads is lacking, I do feel that it's a matter of preference and opinion. There are some good places here, you just have to find them hence the purpose of this thread.

                                                                                                  Do you go out to eat ever? If so, where do you go? If not, what do you cook and where do you buy your food?

                                                                                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                    C'mon now spiritualmidget--have you been to Chef's Kitchen, controversial Blue Talon, or the soon to be reincarnated Create Bistro--all on the peninsula but I've had meals at all that rival food in NYC. And Razzo in OV is every bit as good as much of the food I had in Italy. Flame me, now. I have on my fire-proof vest.

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                                                                                                    Razzo
                                                                                                    3248 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518

                                                                                                    1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                                      I'm surprised Fire and Vine hasn't made it to this post! And Razzo is great. I live off of Ocean View, and if I have the time (and money) I'll stop by and have a few drinks and a dish with their great vodka sauce. Used to stop by there late with my roommates for drinks, but pesky VA laws prevents the bar from being open if the kitchen is closed.

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                                                                                                      Razzo
                                                                                                      3248 E Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23518

                                                                                                      1. re: gogodanbo

                                                                                                        Gogodanbo, you're more than welcome to join our Chow group. We venture to a different restaurant every month with a group of local hounds. Let me know if you're interested!

                                                                                                        1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                          Hey are you guys still doing this monthly dining out thing? My sister and I would love to join you!

                                                                                                          1. re: debrolex

                                                                                                            Absolutely! On the 20th we're going to Tienda Jessy's. Shoot me an email and I'll put you on our list. kristin_rindone@yahoo.com

                                                                                                  2. re: thespiritualmidget

                                                                                                    Spiritual Midget, sounds like you ,need to join the Tidewater Taste Buds as we continue to explore the culinary choices. ( Wasteland? Just different)

                                                                                                    1. re: thespiritualmidget

                                                                                                      surfriders crabcakes and hushpuppies are to die for!! lol

                                                                                                    2. Tienda Jessy's in OV has the best Mexican food in Hampton Roads. Good price on beer and good selection of latin beer. Also, plenty of stuff in the grocery store in the back if you want to make some mex at home. I go at lunch for Tostadas and horchata.

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                                                                                                      1. re: thegeniusmillionaire

                                                                                                        I love Jessys enchiladas verdes and tortas but am not as much of a fan of the tacos, still like El Rey the best for tacos and burritos (burrito El Rey). Love the barbacoa and carne asada there mmmmmm

                                                                                                      2. Today my husband and I went to the Bier Garden in Portsmouth and it was wonderful! The restaurant itself it a beautiful old building with a nice outdoor patio. We walked in and the owner was sitting at a table peeling potatoes and onions; we knew it would be good.

                                                                                                        I decided to try the German beer sampler and we split a pretzel roll with horseradish mustard to start - so good. For our entrees, my husband had the Dad's Special Sandwich - a grilled pork loin on rye with their beer battered french fries. I had the Bratwurst with their homemade sauerkraut. Both were fabulous, especially with the beer. Overall, it was a really good time and I can't wait to go back. Their beer menu is overwhelming with over 300 kinds from around the world so I'll have to explore that more on the next visit :)

                                                                                                        Foodjack - I think we should put this on our Tastebuds "list" if we have one!

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                                                                                                        The Bier Garden
                                                                                                        434 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704

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                                                                                                        1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                          Alright, I know there's a lot of reviews here for Norfolk and VB and I do agree that they are the culinary capitals of Tidewater, with some amazing places in Williamsburg as well. However, I'm in Hampton and Chesapeake primarily and would like to know if any of you have some good reccos? I have tried this place called Rose Bay that I liked in Chessy.
                                                                                                          Thanks for your help ahead of time.

                                                                                                          1. re: Dreamworks

                                                                                                            Fellow hound Foodjack is in Chesapeake, so I'm sure he'll weigh in more on this... I, however, really like Pirates Cove in Chesapeake - really good seafood and generous portions.

                                                                                                            1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                              Kris, I love the biergarden, we go there quite a bit in the spring/summer, really fun to take the ferry over from waterside. Dreamworks, dont know any places in Chessy xcept for Yumi sushi, love em esp the godzilla and halloween rolls mmmmm

                                                                                                        2. The midget has just gotten back from egypt and reports that there is worse food in the universe than that found in hampton roads. The good news is we are going to San Antonio and Austin for the 4th of July. Snows's ,Blackies ,Kreuz, City Market, Louis Muellers etc and the Austin food trailers - here comes the midget. Gonna bring back as much brisket as I can get on the plane

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                                                                                                          1. re: thespiritualmidget

                                                                                                            Very helpful!

                                                                                                          2. Not exactly a restaurant, but I just took a paella class at La Tienda in Williamsburg, and I highly recommend it. You learn to cook paella, eat all of it you want, and have a couple of glasses of sangria and tapas. If you haven't been to La Tienda, it is a beautiful store with the nicest people.

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                                                                                                            1. re: VAfoodie

                                                                                                              Does anyone know where I can get wagyu/kobe beef in Hampton Roads? I'm also looking for sukiyaki.

                                                                                                              1. re: kwflora

                                                                                                                I know that the Village Butcher on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach carries Kobe. You might need to call ahead to make sure he has it, if not, he can definitely get it. Brad the Butcher is the man!

                                                                                                                1. re: kwflora

                                                                                                                  Sukiyaki meat or sukiyaki the dish?
                                                                                                                  For the dish, I would recommend Kyushu (not sure if I am spelling it correctly) Its off Newtown rd.
                                                                                                                  For meat, they the local japanese markets hidden throughout the area. There is one at the corner or Aragona and VB blvd.

                                                                                                              2. Just saw a commercial last night for The Outer Banks Seafood Company in Virginia Beach (Redmill). Anyone ever been?

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                                                                                                                Outer Banks
                                                                                                                7734 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505

                                                                                                                1. Today my husband and I went to Blue Talon in Williamsburg for lunch. The food was great but the service left something to be desired. It seemed as though because we weren't dressed in polo shirts and Sperry Top-siders like the rest of the clientele, we were treated very poorly. Dirty dishes were never cleared and our waitress had very limited contact with us. She took care of the tables around us with great attentiveness, but we were always the last to get our drinks, food, check etc. Apparently our money wasn't green enough...

                                                                                                                  For the food, we started out with Charcuterie which was delicious. The waitress never told us what was on the plate, so I'm not exactly sure what we were eating. There was a sopressata-like sausage crusted in herbs, and then some kind of summer sausage that was also very tasty. What looked like smoked duck breast was good, but way to rich; the housemade cornichons took care of that. For our entree, my husband got the Grilled Asparagus salad with lardon, brie and a poached egg - he loved it. I got the chopped salad with salami, ricotta salata and, the best part, spiced nuts - it was fantastic.

                                                                                                                  Overall, I would definitely go back to taste more food, but I would request another waitress.

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                                                                                                                  Blue Talon Bistro
                                                                                                                  420 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

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                                                                                                                  1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                    sorry your experience sucked but gald you had good food, never really been much of anywhere on that side of the water (except county grill). See you on your bday :-)

                                                                                                                    1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                      we are going to the blue talon for din for our anniversary :-) hope it's good! Super xcited as I LOVE french food! Have a marry Christmas if I don't talk to you!
                                                                                                                      J

                                                                                                                      1. re: bythebayov

                                                                                                                        Nice! Let me know how your experience was!

                                                                                                                    2. Here is a list of favorite places and restaurant that i enjoy a lot.

                                                                                                                      Favorite restaurants in Virginia (Hampton roads)

                                                                                                                      219 Bistro, 219 Granby Street, Norfolk 757-627-2896. This is an amazing bistro with great food and great wine. It has something of a french bistro, for lunch or an early dinner. The food is great, the Crabcakes and the Lobster & Blue Crab Roll are to die for and the waiters are exceptionals, real french Garçons. I really love that place. It can be super crowded during lunch. I went numerous times and it's always super good. Just go !

                                                                                                                      Taste Unlimited, 757-627-3330. Well, this is not really a restaurant but more a take out with amazing sandwiches. You can't go wrong going to that place, so many choices, so fresh, so good. The Portobello is my favorite. There is different locations so check the website before. For lunch it is crazy busy. This is a well known place.

                                                                                                                      Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Norfolk, 757-622-3210. Todd Jurich is a chef-owned restaurant run by James Beard Foundation chef, Todd Jurich. This is an amazing restaurant. A special treat for sure. I was blown away every time i went. So chic with such great food. The wine list is impressive. The oyster stew, The fois gras, as well as The duck confit are so well done. They do have a cocktail hour special too with great options. I adore that place!!! I feel like Princess Grace going there, and this is a great feeling.

                                                                                                                      Passion Restaurant, Chesapeake, 757-410-3975. In Chesapeake, there is not a lot of good places to eat fancy-gourmet-good, you have to dig deep. But, this restaurant is really good with a really nice wine list. I like when there is great discoveries on the wine list and there is some over here. This is cozy with a romantic feeling. It looks like nothing from outside but inside it is very nice. The she-crab soup as well as the strip of veal are amazing. They have some specials on monday and tuesday. A nice surprise.

                                                                                                                      Vintage Tavern, 1900 Governors Pointe Dr, Suffolk, 757-238-8808. A very good place with a lot of attention to local produces. This is always crowded so be sure to make a reservation. The nature surrounding the area is magnificent. The charcuteries plate as well as The roasted pig plate are amazing. I have a deep love for meat but there is so many healthy, hearthy options over here so don't be fooled by my recommendations. The wine list is exhaustive. They also have a very classy bar where you can eat. It has a luxurious cabin in the woods feel.

                                                                                                                      Domo sushi, 109 Gainsborough Sq, Chesapeake, 757-549-7977. Ok, this is not a fancy place but this small japanese restaurant is great and the food is excellent. We have been to a couple of sushi places over here and for us, this one is the best. Everything on the menu is very good and we love the big Kirin and Saporo beers. This is as close as japan as you can be in Virginia. The chesapeake roll is very good.

                                                                                                                      Cafe Europa, 319 High St, Portsmouth, 757-399-6652. This restaurant is beautiful and the food is unforgettable. You will think you are having dinner in a great Parisian restaurant, the decor is exquisite. The most romantic place. The food is superb as well as the wine list. And the waiters as well as the host are very nice. We had an amazing wine (Bouchaine Carneros) and the veal with gorgonzola was excellent. We felt so Parisian-french in this place, at the end of the evening, we were fantastiques as well!

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                                                                                                                      Cafe Europa
                                                                                                                      319 High St, Portsmouth, VA 23704

                                                                                                                      Vintage Tavern
                                                                                                                      1900 Governors Pointe Dr, Suffolk, VA 23436

                                                                                                                      1. Thanks to this posting, my husband and I visited the Vintage Tavern and it was simply amazing! Not only was the charcuterie plate awesome, but the chef also sent out an amuse bouche of butternut squash eggnog that was fabulous! For dinner, we had scallops over a bed of grits and grilled rockfish that was delicious... The atmosphere was warm and tasteful without being stuffy. The service was impeccable. What a great stop while on the road during the holidays. This is a must for every chowhound!

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                                                                                                                        Vintage Tavern
                                                                                                                        1900 Governors Pointe Dr, Suffolk, VA 23436

                                                                                                                        Vintage Tavern
                                                                                                                        1900 Governor's Pointe Drive, Suffolk, VA 23436

                                                                                                                        1. My husband and I went to Fire and Vine (Laskin Road, VA Beach) for the first time last night and we had a good time. I found a gift certificate on Restaurant.com, so I figured I wouldn't feel that bad if it turned out to be awful. :)

                                                                                                                          We had a reservation at 7:30 and were seated fairly promptly. Our waiter Evan was very personable, but he was juggling about 6 tables, so our service was a little slow. My husband had the Chef's Table (glorified salad bar) and the Tavern steak. The salad bar was great; lots of freshly grilled vegetables, assorted cheeses, olives and salads. The tavern steak looked like sliced skirt steak on top of roast potatoes with a gorgeous fried egg on top - he loved it. I went big time with the 14 oz NY Strip ($38). It was huge and beautiful and was accompanied by onion rings and mashed potatoes. To be honest, the steak was so good that I barely touched the sides!

                                                                                                                          For dessert we decided to go with the made-to-order molten chocolate cake. It took some extra time, but that gave us more time to digest! It came out in a cast iron pot and Evan poured a shot of whiskey on top and set it ablaze. The cake came with a scoop of their homemade vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and a tart raspberry sauce....I was in heaven!

                                                                                                                          Overall, we had a good time and a great dinner. We will definitely be back.

                                                                                                                          1. need a few recs for visiting some stationed down there. (I'm in DC Metro area)

                                                                                                                            1) Need a decent sunday brunch place near Newport News, or within 30-40 min drive,

                                                                                                                            2) someplace in Richmond for a weekend lunch- we are going to the Picasso thing at VMFA, then back to NNews so somewhere that isn't too far off the path. and

                                                                                                                            3) a weeknight dinner with coworker in NNews, nice, not bar-like but say, under $25/pp not incl drinks!! Thai, Mexican ok, prefer not pizza or chinese

                                                                                                                            we like good food, don't need fancy surroundings
                                                                                                                            thanks all!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: MoCoMe

                                                                                                                              There are some great local restaurants on either side of Newport News. Check out downtown Hampton- Tap House has good food and an unsurpassed collection of micro brews. The restaurants next door (same street- King, I believe) are also good. Colonial Williamsburg has some local gems as well. Blue Talon and Trellis are sister eateries that rank as favorites in my book. Good food, interesting flavors, pleasant environment. Some servers at Trellis are a bit slow, but the food quality gets me every time! Enjoy!!

                                                                                                                              1. re: MoCoMe

                                                                                                                                I had been complaining about the lack of brunch places in Hampton Roads. Recently we tried Stove for bruch with some friends. They have just the most amazing imaginative food. Mostly fresh from local suppliers. One specialty is local pork products. We had the local country ham and pork belly. They also specialize in local cheeses. As a starter they serve just the best jam and butter. We tried a number of dishes and they were all great. Look at the online menu. The restaurant is in an out of the way funky neighborhood and the room itself was very warm and inviting. We plan on going back for dinner over Labor Day. We highly recommend trying.

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                                                                                                                                Stove
                                                                                                                                2622 Detroit St, Portsmouth, VA 23707

                                                                                                                                1. re: thespiritualmidget

                                                                                                                                  Our HR chowhound group went there in December for brunch - it was fantastic! We started with the pimento cheese and bloody mary's (some of the best I've had) and we all had different entree's. A little bit ago there was a Groupon for Stove which I bought, so we can't wait to go back.

                                                                                                                              2. Just wanted to share a recent delectable restaurant find! I've recently been seeking out small ethnic restaurants and came across a gem with Carmello's located in Loemann's Plaza in Virginia Beach. It's a Dominican restaurant/bakery run by a sweet younger Dominican couple. For dinner my husband enjoyed the chiccarones with mofongo and I had 2 appetizers; chicken croquettes and a dish I can't recall the name of but it was like a tamale with shredded beef and mashed plantain instead of masa. To drink I enjoyed naturales con leche y guava(think a slightly more liquidy guava smoothie). They also have a bakery case and while all the desserts look delicious I'm afraid I have spoiled myself on the quatro leches cake which is by far one of the best desserts I've had anywhere. This gem of a restaurant is definitely worth a visit!

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                                                                                                                                1. re: wanderingviolet

                                                                                                                                  Thanks. I am going to give it a try. As far as the comment on Stove go, I wouldn't eat there ever again. Just awful.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bimmertimmer

                                                                                                                                    Why do you say that? What was your experience?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: krisrishere

                                                                                                                                      I posted a thread titled "Stove in Portsmouth - Huge Dissapointment". Have a look.

                                                                                                                                2. I visit the 7 cities a whole lot. I want to know what's the best Pizza in the 757?