Tupelo Honey Cafe
Lights were strewn above the patio, vintage plates floated in front of multi-colored window panes and a classic white pew sat near the entrance while guests anticipated a southern supper with Town Center’s newest addition: Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe.
Arriving just before 7 p.m., the husband and I placed our name on the waiting list and parked at the bar. One Honeysuckle and Lavender Flip and one Hoptopus double IPA, please. Fizzing from the soda water, my cocktail was a divine blend of Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka and housemade lavender sweet and sour mix garnished with curvy lemon zest and lavender seeds.
Once we were seated at our table, we were greeted by Precious, our sweet waitress. Wondering whether or not we should start with the fried green tomato or fried avocado, she insisted the latter was her favorite.
Appearing like crispy potato wedges were actually slices of fried avocado coated in crunchy breadcrumbs. Served on a bed of salsa and whipped sour cream, this was a nice, light start to prepare us for our hefty meals.
But, first I must tell you about the complimentary buttermilk biscuits. Feathery, like they were baked with pieces of heaven’s clouds, the biscuits were glorious. They were served with blueberry compote and, of course, their famous Tupelo Honey. A quaint chain of restaurants, Tupelo Honey Cafe is named after Tupelo Honey, which they get from Southern Georgia and Northwest Florida. However, due to the shortage of bees, their honey is not for sale at the time, Precious told us.
So, we of course proceeded to douse the remainder of our meal in this rare honey.
Once I told the husband I was ordering the Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($17), he insisted he was ordering the same. Typically I try to convince him to order something else so we can share a variety of entrees. Instead I bit my tongue because I knew there was no way I was going to share my fried chicken.
The buttermilk fried chicken was fried to a perfect crisp, yet remained juicy. I even drizzled a bit of their special honey, and it was a match made in heaven. With a spread of mashed cauliflower, fried okra and many more sides to choose from, I went for the rich baked mac and cheese and a shaved Brussels sprout salad with a honey vinaigrette; I mean a girl’s got to get her greens in, too. Homesick for my grandma’s good ol’ southern, made-from-scratch meals, the charming Tupelo Honey Cafe hit the spot!
Tupelo Honey Cafe is located at 4501 Main Street in the Town Center of Virginia Beach.
Their hours are Monday–Thursday 11 to 10 p.m., Friday 11 to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 to 9 p.m. They also have happy hour Monday–Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring small plates and drink specials.