Global Eats Part II



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Photos by Jim Pile, David Uhrin and Ryan Miller

We’re exploring Global Eats in Part I, Part II and Part III with 101 enticing international restaurants that put Coastal Virginia’s culinary culture on the map.

 

English and Irish

 

DoG Street Pub, Williamsburg, English restaurant
DoG Street Pub

DoG Street Pub

It is quite fitting that a British gastropub takes residence in Merchants Square just steps away from the 18-century streets of Colonial Williamsburg. This 80-year-old bank-turned-restaurant and bar prides itself on preserving history with a modern twist. Wash down "rubbish-free" dishes like black pudding—warm sausage with sautéed apples, onions and a fried egg—shepherd pie or fish and chips (complete with mushy peas) with an extensive selection of both draft and bottled brews from around the globe. 401 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-293-6478, DoGStreetPub.com
—MMS

 

Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

On any given night, Granby Street is hopping with action. At the center of it all is Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, serving up great food, a wide selection of libations and what they call craic—fun, entertainment and enjoyable conversations. Conveniently located within walking distance from the many entertainment venues Norfolk has to offer, O’Malley’s is the perfect spot for a pre-concert meal in an exciting and boisterous atmosphere. It’s an especially fun place to hang out when the Virginia International Tattoo is in town. 211 Granby St., Norfolk, 757-333-3330, IrishPubNorfolk.com
—BB

 

Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub

Where the streams of whiskey flow, where you’ll find a pour of the perfect pint of the black stuff and there’s live music worth a jig, this Irish Oceanfront pub full of fervor has eats deserving of some banter. Have a go at the Hot and Hearty Irish Stew, Meat and Potato Pie, or satisfy your hunger with their Crab Cake Platter or Fresh Oysters Lightly Fried, served proudly as part of the Virginia Aquarium’s Sensible Seafood program. 2914 Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach, 757-417-7701, MurphysPub.com/Murphy/VaBeach
—RM

 

Blarney Stone Pub

If you’re cruising along U.S. Route 13 on the Eastern Shore and are suddenly overcome with an urge for great food in a fun atmosphere, you’ll want to turn toward Onancock and head for the Blarney Stone Pub. Named after a block of limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle in Ireland that is rumored to give the gift of gab to anyone who kisses the stone, the restaurant’s menu flatters with such treats as corned beef spring rolls, shepherd’s pie or bangers and mashers. 10 North St., Onancock, 757-302-0300, BlarneyStonePubOnancock.com
—BB

 

Finn McCools Fish House & Tavern

While attributing its name to the figure of Irish folklore and fitting its beguiling barroom imported from the Emerald Isle with a wooden finish framing its draft handles and whiskey in the jar, there’s also a sensational seafood selection at this fish house and tavern. From red snapper and blackened mahi to the raw bar of oysters and a steamer platter combining clams, mussels and shrimp, the restaurant takes pride in their options from the sea. If you’re feeling more turf than surf, take a bite of corned beef and cabbage or a Gaelic steak boxty, a potato pancake filled with steak and smothered in gravy. 3388 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-689-0829, FinnMcCoolsVB.com
—RM

 

Worldly Meals on Wheels

 

4 Spices Mediterranean Food

Global eats hits the streets with 4 Spices serving up tempting Mediterranean fare. Grab a bite of their shawarma, grilled chicken marinated in their namesake blend of spices wrapped up and covered with creamy tzatziki and harissa; falafel with fried chickpea dumplings, cucumbers, cilantro and fried eggplant in pita bread; or their kefta ground beef wrap and Tunisian tuna wrap, each fittingly paired with sides of hummus or grape leaves with rice. 757-837-3612
—RM

 

Sofrito Food truck, Puerto Rican food truck
Sofrito

Sofrito

This appealing food truck spices things up with a fresh twist on the most beloved dishes found in Puerto Rico. Take a bite out of their savory empanadas packed with beef, chicken, chorizo or vegan Baja roasted corn and black bean or their Barbacoa Beef Tacos, braised beef in a spicy red chili sauce. For heavier portions, fill up on a Cuban, panini or burrito, each sure to satisfy your Caribbean cravings. 757-408-2245. Facebook.com/SofritoJose
—RM

 

Deutscher Imbiss

Defined as a small place or hut to get a quick snack, the German Imbiss is a popular staple in Deutschland, with each town or village having one or several of them to quickly satisfy hungry stomachs. You can get traditional favorites such as bratwurst or currywurst, schnitzel bites, käsespätzle, German potato salad and/or pommes frites. Then you’ll just have to find a comfortable place to sit while you enjoy a genuine taste of Europe. Check their website to see where they’ll be setting up (preferably near somewhere that serves great beer). 757-933-1307, DeutscherImbiss.com
—BB

 

Cubania

The first true Cuban food truck to hit the scene in Coastal Virginia, Cubania brings a blend of tastes made with love you’d find from home-style cooking as well as spectacular street food. The Cubano with pork, ham, Swiss Cheese, pickles and mustard is a must, served similarly in their Cuban Bowl with pork, rice, black beans and fried plantains. 757-317-0120, Facebook.com/CubaniaFoodTruck
—RM 

 

Karnage Asada

A multicultural and transcontinental street food experience, Karnage Asada fuses Latin American and Asian cuisine with its enticing eats. Kapow Nachos collide house-made kimchi with fried tortilla chips and black bean corn salsa and cheese with a choice of meat and the Smack Down Sauce while the knock-out Dragon Whip Beef Burrito dynamically merges seasoned rice and pinto beans with meat with their wasabi slaw. 757-828-7559, KarnageAsada.com
—RM 

 

Seoul 757

It’s classic Korean, somewhat Latin American and downright delicious. Seoul 757 pulls pages from a traditional recipe book while flipping the script on Korean foods with dishes like their Korean BBQ Tacos with beef, spicy pork or chicken and kimchi slaw, and their alluring bibimbap, a rice bowl with carrots, bean sprouts, cucumber and kimchi, bulgogi (Korean barbecue), spicy gochujang sauce and topped with a fried egg. 757-377-3646, Facebook.com/Seoul757Taco
—RM 

 

Latin American

 

Luna Maya, Norfolk, Latin American restaurants
Luna Maya

Luna Maya

“Luna”tics have followed every phase, from inception two decades ago as a teeny Aragona Mexican cantina to cool, creamsicle-colored, first Ghent incarnation to current Colley home: industrial-chic, über-hip, radiating buzz with an expanded Latino menu reflecting sisters/owners Karla and Vivian Montano’s Bolivian heritage. Guacamole still rocks, but so too pastel de choclo con chorizo (Bolivian casserole). They’ve amped up vegan/vegetarian options for health and sustainability (even black beans now eschew ham hocks and bacon), yet never compromise flavor. With delirious happy hours, hot-date sizzle, family-friendliness, no wonder this “moon” is always full. 2010 Colley Ave., Norfolk, 757-622-6986, LunaMayaRestaurant.com
—MM 

 

Cholo's Peruvian 

Family-friendly fare clearly made with love and a mix of Peruvian spices warms the heart and the palate at this inviting and brightly decorated eatery. Don't miss ceviche mixto—a lime juice- and cilantro-marinated conglomeration of fish, shrimp, calamari and mussels—or the comforting lomo saltado, a traditional dish of beef tenderloin sautéed with onions and tomatoes. And of course, supermarket rotisserie chicken is no match for pollo a la brasa, roasted birds marinated for 24 to 48 hours in a sauce made with Peruvian peppers and spices and served in quarter, half or whole portions. 2728 N. Mall Drive, #117, Virginia Beach, 757-416-5817, Facebook.com/CholosPeruvianRestaurant
—MMS

 

El Sabroson, South American

One of Williamsburg’s hottest restaurants takes south-of-the-border to a new level. El Sabroson has traditional Mexican dishes, but with so many vibrant culinary traditions in Latin America, owners Dustin Kilgore and Pedro Ramos find no reason to stop there. The influence of Ramos, who is Peruvian, comes out in dishes such as charcoal rotisserie chicken. Williamsburg’s significant Salvadoran population has brought their taste for dishes like the revueltas pupusas. Many diners are so inspired by the distinct Latin experience that they load up on hard-to-find groceries at Tu Tienda next door to fill their pantry with goodies. 122 Waller Mill Rd., Williamsburg, 757-220-4135, ElSabroson1Va.com
—BS

 

Taste of Brazil

You’re busy 24/7 with four kids and a food truck and your husband gets deployed. What to do? Open a restaurant, reasoned São Paulo-raised Patrice Vilarino Kilcoyne, who was taught to cook on a wood stove by her restaurateur grandmother during holidays in the Brazilian heartland. While seeming to create time, she’s also created a relaxed little Riverview spot for savory/sweet empanadas, steak plates, fried yucca, corn pudding and more. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus wine, beer and cocktails. And the food truck’s still rolling too. 4117 Granby St., Unit C, Norfolk, 757-822-6186, Facebook.com/VaTaste
—MM 

 

Bilu’s

Tricky to find (Bilu’s address says Newtown Road, but it faces Baker Street), this bright, spacious, authentic Colombian restaurant rewards with friendly, hospitable vivaciousness—rhythmic music, rotisserie chicken, juices (guava, mango, citrusy lulo), spirits, a bountiful bakery and platters of bandeja (grilled meats including top round, pork and Colombian sausage with rice, beans, sweet fried plantains and corncakes), stewed goat, seafood a la plancha and paella piled high. The eponymous Bilu Britto recently opened a smaller outpost—focusing on Mexican food (tacos and chiles)—across the street. 544 Newtown Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-499-1027, BilusRestaurante.com
—MM

 

Pupuseria y Taqueria El Sabor De Mi Tierra

Known for their pupusas (a popular El Savadoran dish made of thick corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses or beans), this Latin restaurant serves a varied menu, rich in flavor and tradition. For breakfast go sweet or savory—platanos con crema or huevos con chorizo, frijoles, platanos y crema. Later on, choose from their assortment of tortas, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, soups or antojitos Latinos (Latin street food). A simple kids’ menu, selection of natural juices and several cervezas round out the menu. 1948 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, 757-545-0555, PupuseriaElSaborDeMiTierra.com
—BB 

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