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Looking for some good places to eat in Va Beach.
Not into the real touristy stuff with fried everything and boardwalk fare.
More like diamonds in the ruff places, good seafood, and engaged service.
Any tips?

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  1. We were in Virginia Beach last month. We had similar ideas about meals as well: stay away from the tourist places. While I wrote up our meals on my blog, I am not trying (well not too hard...) to push my blog. However, we did like Mojito Cafe quite a bit. If you like Latin influences, it is a good choice. We tried Nick's Seafood, and liked the local flavor of it. Finally, we ate at Belvedere's for breakfast and liked that too. You can take a look at our blog at http://alphageekfood.blogspot.com/ for more details. You could also just poke around. When we opened our eyes, we found many interesting looking places to eat.

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    1. re: alphageek

      Great will have a look, last time we there I only ventured around the boardwalk, was very underwhelmed. The new hotel had some trendy place that was attractive but way over priced for the net experience, and the rest of the beach haunts were over priced and provided poor to average eating experiences at best.

      1. re: alphageek

        I really enjoyed Mojito Cafe last fall while in town visiting my aunt. I had a rice/bean bowl with roast pork, a side of tostones, and bread pudding for dessert. Delicious.

        1. re: alphageek

          is Mojito Cafe still there? I tried their website and it is gone, replaced with one of those cyber squatter sites

        2. We loved the pizza place with "pi" in its name, a couple blocks off the boardwalk. Great sangria.
          I have to admit that I liked Mahi Mah's.

          1. It all depends on how far you are willing to travel. If you want to stay close to the beach and want a high end option, try Terrapin. Its pricey but you get what you pay for. Probably the best kitchen in the entire Hampton Roads region. Mojito Cafe is great but very small. Be prepared to wait for a table on a busy night. If you want to head about ten miles south near the Pungo area, Boardwok is great Asian American food. Everything is made fresh to order. Also, there is a fairly new Lao/Thai cafe called Som Bao. The food is delicious and the Lao options are an education (a tasty education).

            1. Keith, Here are some local favorites for seafood: Rockafeller's, Tautogs, Rudee's, Mahi-Ma's, Big Sam's, Waterman's and C.P. Shucker's. All are at the Oceanfront area. On the Bay check out: Lynnhaven Fish House, Bubba's, Chick's, and Alexander's. Others located away from the ocean and Bay: Lucky Oyster, Captain George's and Yukai Buyffe. Enjoy your visit.

              1. Leaping Lizard Cafe is a bit away from the Oceanfront area, but very good.

                1. Try Bubba's seafood restaurant. They have the best broiled crabcakes in the area. Everywhere claims to have the best but most are full of fillers. Located on the lynnhaven inlet on the chesapeake bay you must sit outside on the deck along the water. Not super fancy ---plastic cups. But the best crabcake. Fresh catch yes they do fry but they also broil and grill the fresh catch. I think softshell crabs might be available too - but you have to eat them fried. Crabcakes are best broiled
                  Belvedere is a must for breakfast small tucked away in an old hotel along the boardwalk. Diner style interior and very friendly staff sit at the counter and watch the guys cooking on the grill
                  Also tautogs is in an old beach house good dinner spot with great dinner specials seafood but not your typical fried stuff. Check out their menu online