The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Truffle Parmesan Popcorn from Eva's
Last year for my birthday, my husband bought me a popcorn maker. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t think I wanted it. I don’t even like popcorn that much, I thought to myself. But wouldn’t you know that popcorn maker has come in so handy on those evenings when I have a craving for something salty. Most of the time I want to be a little bad but not extra bad, so I’ll go light on the butter drizzle and just a sprinkling of white cheddar flavoring. Now I’m always careful to keep a supply of kernels and cheddar powder in the pantry for when the craving hits—and I’m also careful to realize that my husband knows me better than even I do sometimes.
Since I have my supply of popcorn paraphernalia at home, it would be unlikely for me to go out to a restaurant and order popcorn from a menu. But at Eva’s on Colley Avenue, two words caught my attention when I was reading the description for their popcorn: Parmesan and Truffle. Done and done.
In case you haven’t visited yet, Eva’s opened in June 2014 in the Highland Park neighborhood of Norfolk. They serve beer and wine as well as mixed cocktails also made with beer and wine. Their focus is French cuisine, but they’re not uppity about it. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and although the establishment is small, it’s trendy and easy to spend a good amount of time sipping, noshing and people watching.
Anyway, back to the popcorn. It was delivered rather simply in a turquoise bowl. Delicate pieces of parmesan were shaved on top, and as I leaned in for a whiff, the decadent aroma of truffle oil took over. I picked up a single popped kernel and let the flavors awaken my palate as the kernel softly dissolved. From there, it was all a blur as I felt as if I was shoveling handfuls of the popcorn into my mouth as fast as possible until each kernel was devoured—and then I kind of wanted to lick the bowl for one last taste of truffle, but that wouldn’t have been proper in a brasserie.
I tried a couple other dishes that evening. Their oysters on the half shell with citrus mignonette is salty and citrusy and absolutely pleasing. Spring for the caviar; you won’t regret it.
I’ll be back for the dreamy selection of desserts and also for brunch, but I’m not ashamed to say that I have already returned the very next day with my husband just for another bowl of that Truffle Parmesan Popcorn. True, I could probably shave some parmesan and drizzle some truffle oil on my popcorn at home, but for just $4—I’ll enjoy it at Eva’s as I take in their lovely atmosphere and undeniable je ne sais quoi.