The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Cheese Blintzes
Cheese Blintzes at Dish
It was 10 a.m. on a foggy, stormy morning. After a morning workout my friend and I thought it was an opportune time to get our feast on over at Dish, a new Swedish diner on Shore Drive. I grew up in Virginia Beach, but Shore Drive has always been somewhat of a foreign territory. I thought it was an area too far from everything else so I never ventured to that side of Virginia Beach until my husband and I scored a place just a few blocks from First Landing State Park.
Dish’s location is easy to miss as it’s camouflaged in between condos and other businesses, though it faces the main road. It’s located right off the intersection of North Great Neck Road and Shore Drive. Upon entering, we were promptly seated in the cozy beach themed dining area with an accompanying bar. I scanned the menu and found my typical go-to breakfast favorite—Eggs Benedict—however I was in the mood for something more...Swedish. After about five minutes of perusing the menu, imagining each item being served right in front of me, my friend and I looked up at each other with a mutual decision for their cheese blintzes. I'd never had cheese blintzes, per se, but I’d always been under the impression they were a fusion between pancakes and crêpes.
Our blintzes arrived like little flutes with a whipped cream and glazed strawberry garnish ready to toot the sweetest sugar symphony. The blintzes were akin to light, fluffy, thin pancakes. Though denser than crêpes, the blintzes didn't have any crispy characteristics. The golden blintzes sang with each bite. The lush cheese filling was creamy, though heavy, possibly from a mixture of ricotta and cream cheese, but it remained sweet overall. The fresh strawberries were more like a fruit salad, lightly glazed in a glistening syrup.
After the last bite we were sugar-blitzed but not enough to further tip our sugar scales with their candy wall holding an assortment of goodies including gummies, orange-infused chocolate and of course Swedish fish. Needless to say, Dish’s cheese blintzes seriously teeter the line between breakfast and full-on dessert, and that’s a win-win in my book.