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Jan 11, 2011 10:41 AM

Virginia Beach in March, need a couple of restaurants

I'm going to VA Beach in March. It was supposed to be to meet our son on spring break, but now he says he's going somewhere with his friends. Oh well.

I'd like a few recommendations if possible. My favorites are generally not white table cloth type places. I just spent $100 at a Morton's Steakhouse and it hurt me even thought the steak was great! We are staying at a time share, so we have a small kitchen but won't eat in all the time.

Basically, just looking for nice little places, Mom & Pop or otherwise.

We probably are going to try to go to A Chef's Kitchen in Williamsburg, VA which I've heard good things about and a friend of mine is the sous chef there. That will probably be our one extravagance.

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

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  1. Hey Shann,
    Here are some of the Mom & Pop type places I like in the area.

    The BoardWok is a Chinese-Polynesian-American fusion type restaurant owned by a guy named Kev. The food is always fresh and good, and fairly reasonable.

    Not far from there is a place called Margie and Rays. It is an old style Mom and Pop mostly fried seafood place. They have a shared dinner called the Hurricane Margie for about $35.00 that will feed up to four people. They also usually have good specials.

    There is a restaurant called Tautogs in an old beach house at the beach. It is reasonable, and they have parking which is a plus down there.

    In Chesapeake, there is a reasonable seafood restaurant called Pirates Cove.

    If you are willing to drive as far as Williamsburg, then there are a couple of places in North Carolina that would be about the same distance. The first is the C & W Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City, NC. Straight out of the old south, and worth the trip. Sit at the Bar. On the way to the Outer Banks in Coinjock, NC is a place called the Coinjock Marina Restaurant. They have awesome seafood and Prime Rib. They give every table a basket of freshly cooked potato chips and dip. I love the stuffed flounder, and like I said the prime rib is the best.

    Outer Banks
    7734 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505

    1. Doc Taylor's for breakfast is a VA Beach must, as is Chick's Oyster Bar if you like seafood (or even if you don't, their burgers are pretty good). Both are very casual and inexpensive. If you like Italian Il Giardino and Isle of Capri are very good, but note that IOC can be a bit on the expensive side. Tautog's is good as well. You'll hear a lot of locals recommend Coastal Grill but I wasn't that impressed with it.

      Coastal Grill
      1427 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

      Chick's Oyster Bar
      2143 Vista Cir, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

      Isle of Capri
      3900 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

      1. Thanks for your suggestions! I'm putting together a list. This is one thing that my wife lets me do when planning vacations. Luckily its my favorite part of planning a vacation, so we are both happy.

        1. Also, The Leaping Lizard cafe off Shore dr. is great for lunch and serves dishes made with regionally sourced ingredients. Gets packed quick though! I second the motion for Board Wok, that place has GREAT General Tso's- made with real, all white meat chicken.

          Leaping Lizard
          4408 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

          1. M&R's is good, but a little out of the way. The much better located Surf Riders are just as good, with several locations. Doc's is good - Citrus Breakfast & Lunch is slightly better. Both open only for b'fast and lunch. Don't bother with the Italian offerings - pretty unimpressive and not the m&p kind of places you want. Possibly the real gem is Mojito Cafe at 28th and Pacific. Full menu of Latin faves, prepared with love and passion.

            Citrus Breakfast & Lunch
            2265 W Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

            Surf Rider
            550 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

            Mojito Cafe
            300 28th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451