Platinum Plates Award Winners 2012
Our tenth annual list serves up the best restaurants in Hampton Roads
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The dining experience goes way beyond the meal—it carries over into our conversations with others and into our memories. Dining is far more than just eating.
We take food—and restaurants—seriously here at Hampton Roads Magazine because we know they are part of the fabric of our society, not only on a large scale, but on a regional scale, too.
For the past 10 years, we have offered our Platinum Plate Awards, our ranking of restaurants in Hampton Roads. Let’s raise a glass to the owners, the chefs, the waitstaff, the bartenders and to the food, for it is a very special thing indeed.
The Top 10 Restaurants in Hampton Roads
Score – 97.8892
Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks Restaurant
We’ve followed Executive Chef Brad Kelly’s development since he came to Salacia in late 2010, bringing with him experience from such notable restaurants as Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia, La Cote Basque in New York, Charles Nob Hill in San Francisco and The Inn at Little Washington here in Virginia.
Kelly, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., was most recently chef de cuisine at Lautrec at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, Penn., just outside Pittsburgh. He was twice named Chef of the Year in Pittsburgh and has won the Steel Chef Competition in that city.
In two year’s time, Kelly, working with Salacia manager Nikolay Dimitrov, has cooked up something special—very special in fact. The food is fresh, innovative and beautifully executed. The service is professional and attentive without being obtrusive.
And then there is the dining room. Expansive views of the boardwalk and ocean add to the sexy, trendy dining room decked out in summer white and cobalt blue with dark wood accents.
They are all perfect ingredients for the number one restaurant in Hampton Roads.
3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach
Score – 97.8664
Amid an elegant colonial dining room backdrop, Executive Chef Scott Simmons, who joined Swann Terrace last year, offers seasonally changing menus that feature local flavors and foodways, prepared approachably using classic techniques. We have enjoyed Simmons’ continued local focus and reinterpretations of familiar dishes and also love the myriad of special events always happening at Swan Terrace.
5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach
Score – 97.7922
Stove – The Restaurant
We’ve long loved chef/owner Sydney Meers and his quirky, eclectic take on food and life in general. This intimate dining room is his stage, not only for his folk art that adorns the walls but also for his always impressive array of neo-Southern cuisine. Attention to detail shows in every bite, from Smoochie Bear Ham to Sextuple Truffle.
2622 Detroit St., Portsmouth
Score – 97.6969
Chef/owner Jerry Weihbrecht offers a varied, ever-changing menu with seasonal and sometimes playful ingredients. Regardless of what comes from the exhibition kitchen, it is always wonderful. In addition to the chef’s charm, the dining room itself is charming with lots of wood accents and plush pillows and seat coverings. Wine selections from sommelier Marc Sauter are incredible.
713 19th St. #102, Virginia Beach
Score – 97.3187
Chef/owner Rodney Einhorn brings a sophisticated approach to dining by using local ingredients prepared with classic techniques; the same sophistication resonates in the tidy dining room, well-appointed in soothing midnight blue hues, exotic woods and lush textures. A wonderful bar menu and in-house sweets take the cake.
3102 Holly Rd. Pinewood Sq. #514, Virginia Beach