13th Annual Platinum Plate Awards

For 13 of my 20 years as a food journalist, I’ve coordinated the Platinum Plate Awards, the annual recognition from Coastal Virginia Magazine of notable restaurants in our region.

Keep in mind that these are the opinions of myself and the critics. You may agree with them or not—we all have opinions—but these come from folks who dine out often and, in many cases, have worked in the food service industry, too.

But that doesn’t diminish what you like or don’t like. Food is personal and goes beyond simply nourishment. It's comforting and exciting all at the same time; it's made with love, and it's vital to life—and that's all that matters.

Good dining to you in the new year.

 

The Top 10 Restaurants in Coastal Virginia

fin seafood newport news salmon and sweet potatoes1. Fin Seafood Restaurant, Newport News

If chef/owner Kenny Sloane (you’ll know him with his signature mohawk, which he calls his “fin”) isn’t in the open kitchen at his Newport News restaurant, he may be out in his garden. “At Fin, everything is fresh, local, organic, backyard produce,” Sloane says. “There is not much we don’t get locally.”

Over the summer, I had an ethereal honeysuckle sorbet, made with nectar from the wildflowers picked by the chef himself.

Of note: Fin offers five- and seven-course tasting menus every night.

 

terrapin restaurant rodney einhorn2. Terrapin Restaurant, Virginia Beach

Located in Virginia Beach's North End at the Oceanfront, Terrapin offers an intimate dining experience showcasing chef/owner Rodney Einhorn’s award-winning, contemporary American cuisine and curative use of seasonal farm-fresh ingredients.

Terrapin’s elegant but warm and welcoming dining room features a striking zebra wood bar that offers a view of the action in the open kitchen. Comfortable outdoor dining on Terrapin’s terrace is available seasonally.

Tip: get the fried chicken, offered Wednesday nights as a special with truffle mac and cheese and a glass of Pinot Noir.

 

zoes steak and seafood3. Zoës Steak & Seafood, Virginia Beach

Zoës is an intimate, upscale-but-not-pretentious 16-table fine dining restaurant, pleasing palates by Chef Jesse Wykle.

Wykle is one of only a handful of local chefs who have been invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard Foundation House in New York City. Zoës is one of only a dozen Four-Diamond restaurants in Virginia.

The chef’s creative menu focuses on seafood and steaks; steaks range in price from $15–$150. Complementing those is an extensive wine list with 1,600 selections; prices vary from $10–$17,000; it is in the Top 600 wine lists in the world, named by Wine Spectator.

 

harper's table suffolk va4. Harper’s Table, Suffolk

Located in historic downtown Suffolk, Harper’s Table delivers on food, service and charm. The southern-centric menu showcases chef/owner Harper Bradshaw’s experiences in personal life and as a chef. “We tirelessly work with local producers and farmers to source local ingredients in the peak of season,” Bradshaw says.

One bite of his signature pork belly biscuits will make anyone speak with a drawl, y’all; they are amazing.

 

stove the restaurant portsmouth5. Stove, the Restaurant, Portsmouth

Chef/owner Sydney Meers has enchanted us with his edibles for decades now, starting with the first incarnation of The Dumb Waiter. At Stove, where he has settled in nicely in the quaint Port Norfolk neighborhood, the surprisingly subdued jewel-box dining room reflects his work as a visual artist, while the plates coming from the open kitchen reflect his offerings as a culinary one. Then there’s the Cougar Lounge.

We always have to start with the house-made pimento cheese, and the bowl of classic Étouffée always pleases.

Get Sydney's recipe for Choco-co-berry Torte.

 

coastal grill virginia beach6. Coastal Grill, Virginia Beach

A favorite among locals for more than 25 years, Coastal Grill’s classic signature dishes feature freshly caught regional seafood, traditional American fare and the top seasonal ingredients.

Known for the extensive and ever-changing blackboard specials, we’ve loved all the offerings, regardless of what they are. Executive Chef Chris Reynolds knows his way around seafood, and this year we’ve savored soft shells, flounder and more here, perfectly prepared in his kitchen.

 

regency room at williamsburg inn7. Regency Room at Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg

Off the heels of new renovations, this grand dame still delivers after decades of serving up fine, local fare. The experience is intimate and inviting, and a more relaxed approach in both ambiance and dress code make for an upscale but comfortable visit.

Under Executive Chef Travis Brust (winner, Best Chef, a few years back at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas), the menu is exceedingly creative and features Virginia’s seasonal bounty.

Crabmeat Randolph is an amazing decadent-but-not-too-rich way to start a meal.

 

fat canary williamsburg8. Fat Canary, Williamsburg

Fat Canary, opened in 2003, has received AAA’s Four Diamond award every year and recently garnered kudos for OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Best Restaurants in America. Chef/owner Thomas Power, Jr., a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, writes a creative, approachable menu.

Fat Canary is adjacent to The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square in Williamsburg, also owned and operated by the Power family since 1971.

A meal of large, sweet pan-seared sea scallops still lingers on the palate; bravo Chef Power.

 

Le Yaca French Restaurant Williamsburg9. Le Yaca French Restaurant, Williamsburg

Owners Chef Daniel and wife Joy Abid have created a comfortable, relaxed Old World feel in their French restaurant; the amazing food from the kitchen seals the deal. “My cuisine is simple, concentrating on high quality ingredients with respect of seasons,” chef says. 

Several unique dining rooms accommodate guests. Soft colors, ivory linens, fresh flowers and attentive service set the tone that you are in for something special. And you are.

Prix Fixe menus at lunch and dinners are the way to go; our Saumon Grillé Vinaigre aux Truffes was world class.

 

still worldly eclectic tapas10. (tie) Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas, Portsmouth

When we feel like a little getaway, Still fits the bill. The space, located in the English basement of an 1858 manor house, is intimate, cozy and secretive—perfect for a speakeasy, which Still does a good job replicating.

The creative, eclectic small bites from Executive Chef Mike Farrell pair perfectly with the classic cocktail offerings from the whisky and wine bar.

Oh, Tater Tots, you’ve stolen our heart with your bacon-wrapped, cheddar cheesiness, dipped in chili ketchup goodness. 

 

circa 1918 newport news10. (tie) Circa 1918 Kitchen + Bar, Newport News

A darling shotgun steampunky dining room in the heart of charming Hilton Village is the backdrop for the creative cuisine of chef/owner Chad Martin. We’ve followed Martin for decades, back to his days with Fire & Ice and Blue Hippo. He excels in taking fresh, seasonal ingredients and crafting them into delicacies that are cutting edge.

Tip: try the Duck Meatloaf, seriously. Or make someone at the table order it and sneak bites throughout the meal.

 

More Platinums

blue talon bistroBlue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg

Executive Chef David Everett has tempted our taste buds since his days at Ford Colony. At Blue Talon, the temptation has a French accent.

This eatery offers a casual atmosphere that allows diners to relax and enjoy an upscale experience based on “serious comfort food.” An expansive wine list from sommelier Adam Steely serves more than 40 vintages by the glass, and the zinc bar offers handcrafted classic cocktails, a leading selection of absinthes, pastis and cordials as well as single malt whisky.

We love the Sautéed Calf's Liver smothered in shitakes, bacon and onions.

Byrd & Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse, Norfolk

Opening in 2006, the owners of Byrd & Baldwin set out to fill a void of a traditional steak and chophouse in downtown Norfolk. Housed in the circa 1906 building of the same name, Byrd & Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse sets out to deliver a memorable dining experience, and in our case they fulfilled their mission.

The restaurant only serves grain-fed Midwestern all-natural beef aged on site and prepared, on our visits, deliciously by Chef Carlton Spurlock and his staff.

The Cellars of Church Point Manor, Virginia Beach

Tucked away in the cellar of an 1860s farmhouse, The Cellars is perhaps one of the most unique restaurants in our region. An upscale experience in a cozy atmosphere augments the “French Country with a Southern flair” cuisine from Executive Chef Matt Weishampel.

The Cellars was the winner of OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award in Best Overall (32nd nationally) and Most Romantic Restaurant (in Coastal Virginia).

Coastal Shrimp and Carolina Gold Rice satisfies the body and soul.

eat paellaEat: An American Bistro, Virginia Beach

Located in the North End of Virginia Beach, chef/owner Erick Heilig focuses on fresh, local ingredients in his American Regional eatery. The space is hipster-chic and the service professional and prompt.

A longtime favorite of ours is the veggie lasagna, a freestack of noodles and vegetables in a creamy, dreamy sauce.

Read about Eat's Paella here.

Mizuno Japanese Bistro, Virginia Beach

Sexy, thy name is Mizuno. Sleek and elegant with clean, simple lines, this eatery looks like a restaurant you’d find in a major city, but the relaxed atmosphere and friendly, attentive service remind you that you are indeed in Coastal Virginia.

Japan-born (and sushi-trained) chef/owner Wataru Mizuno uses many local ingredients in his creative, amazingly-executed menu. It’s also a varied menu, but I gravitate toward ordering from the fresh and fabulous sashimi and sushi offerings.

Mizuno was featured as one of our 8 favorite sushi restaurants; see the whole list here.

River Stone Chophouse, Suffolk

The impressive two-story Arts-and-Crafts-inspired River Stone Chophouse opened in 2008. Executive Chef Chris Jones’ menu feature in-house dry aged steaks, fresh seafood and poultry.

The feel is intimate, and a bar area provides a full service raw/sushi bar; there is an extended fire pit patio. The second floor features four rooms for group dining.

The Warm “Deviled” Crab Dip is divine; we also love the Surf and Turf dinner for two, which includes two New York Strips, mashed potatoes, broccolini and a whole Maine lobster to share.

Salacia Virginia Beach​Salacia Prime Seafood and Steaks, Virginia Beach

With a dining room like this, you know you are in for something special. A small-ish room makes it cozy and clubby. A soaring ceiling, modern accents and expansive window to the surf and sand make the AAA Four Diamond-designated restaurant upscale.

Seafood is always a treat here; Salacia and sister eatery Catch 31 source fresh and local, and the steaks—aged prime beef—are truly something special. We’ve enjoyed meals this year with former chef Brad Kelly and new chef Dan Elinan.

Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Norfolk

Todd Jurich’s Bistro has been a pioneer in the wave of fine dining restaurants in downtown Norfolk, first opening in 1992.

Chef/owner Todd Jurich is known for his farm-to-table menus, which are especially strong in Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay fish and shellfish. Many local farms supply produce for his American Regional dishes, too.

Jurich’s Pumpkin and Crab Soup is bowl-licking good.

The Trellis Bar & Grill, Williamsburg

Already a legend when Chef David Everett purchased The Trellis, the chef/owner continues the restaurant’s tradition of using fresh, seasonal ingredients, many from small-scale artisan farmers.

Contemporary and comfortable, with a lovely patio overlooking Duke of Gloucester Street, The Trellis is a great place to sit and enjoy a fine meal.

Everett excels at forcemeats, so we love to start with the House-Made Pork Pate. The Double Cut Pork Chop is absolutely delicious.

vintage tavernVintage Tavern, Suffolk

Vintage Tavern, open since 2006, serves what they call seasonally Southern cuisine. We concur. Every meal we’ve had here has been firmly rooted in both the season as well the region.

From Chef Kenny Reynolds’ open kitchen comes dishes that honor local farmers, watermen and other produces. The Route 17 Pig Plate, piled high with pulled pork, house made sausages and molasses-brushed ribs (along with slaw and mac and cheese) is amazing.

A quaint tavern-style bar, cozy fine dining room, garden terrace and veranda are all full of charm.

Waypoint Seafood & Grill, Williamsburg

Waypoint Seafood & Grill, opened since 2012, is Williamsburg’s latest culinary destination from Chef Hans Schadler. The menu is a celebration of Chesapeake ingredients and includes items grown at local farms and caught in regional waters.

“The pure flavors and rich ingredients presented in the seasonally-changing entrees represent modern regional American cuisine with classical culinary roots,” Schadler says.

Must try: Oysters the Waypoint Way.

 

Platinum Plates, A–Z

219 An American Bistro, Norfolk

Open since 2010, the corner location on Granby Street at Brooke Avenue is a great vantage point for watching Norfolk go by while enjoying regional American cuisine; crab cakes are always a favorite.

Gold Level Winner

456 Fish, Norfolk

From the cozy dining room, complete with images of Norfolk days gone by, a variety of seafood items are served; the crab-stuffed flounder was a treat during one of our visits.

Gold Level Winner

Aldo’s Ristorante, Virginia Beach

Aldo’s is a fine dining wine bar and Italian restaurant open for some 27 years now. The feel is Old World and upscale but relaxing and unpretentious. Pizza is always a favorite, and we love the sassy and saucy puttanesca pasta.

24K Level Winner

baker's crustBaker’s Crust

Baker’s Crust has evolved since 1993 from a self-service 36-seat sandwich spot to a full-service restaurant (with multiple locations) offering breakfast favorites, artisan sandwiches and specialty dinner entrees. The from-scratch European-style artisan breads complement it all.

24K Level Winner

Bardo Edibles + Elixirs, Norfolk

Bardo offers Pacific Rim and Asian-inspired cuisine, with a little kitsch thrown in for fun. For nearly 12 years, Bardo has been an intimate space to dine with forward-focused cocktails and sake.

Gold Level Winner

Blue Seafood and Spirits, Virginia Beach

Blue is a 60-seat chef-owned and operated restaurant with a focus on fresh, quality seafood in a casual but upscale setting. Chef/owner Charles Thain utilizes the abundance of local seafood and produce in his dishes. The chocolate bread pudding is a sweet ending.  

24K Gold Level Winner

The Bier Garden, Portsmouth

Check the passport; this fun, family-owned German restaurant, located in the heart of Olde Towne Portsmouth, specializes in southern-style Old World cuisine and serves up more than 300 beers from around the world.

Gold Level Winner

Big Italy, Virginia Beach

Big Italy consists of three restaurants in one: Pi-zzeria, Mama’s Italian Kitchen and Café Amarino; each location offers a different spectrum of Old World cuisine, from pizza to finer dining dishes to espresso and gelato. Trust us: try the house-made lasagna.

Gold Level Winner

The Boardwok Restaurant, Virginia Beach

Located in the Red Mill area of Virginia Beach, for 15 years The Boardwok has served up contemporary cuisine with an Asian flair. Favorites include Rockfish with Asian Vinaigrette and Wok-Flashed Green Beans.

Bodega on Granby, Norfolk

An Old World look that includes dark wood and a coppertop bar complements a small plate menu in the spirit of Spanish tapas. The empanadas are muy bueno.

Gold Level Winner   

Captain Groovy’s Grill & Raw Bar, Norfolk

Open since 2007, Captain Groovy’s is a fun fish shack-style restaurant offering casual dining with a raw bar and fresh seafood from Executive Chef David Watts. We crave the clam strips.

Gold Level Winner   

Catch 31, Virginia Beach

Open, bright and airy, with expansive views of the beach, Catch 31 offers fresh seafood and a full raw bar (we always start with oysters). The feel is relaxing and beachy, and so is the menu. A good choice is the fresh catch, prepared in a number of ways, including broiled, bronzed, blackened or mesquite wood grilled.

24K Gold Level Winner   

Chix Seaside Grille & Bar, Virginia Beach

Since 1977, Chix has served fresh seafood platters and an eclectic menu ranging from burgers to tacos. Steamer bags carry on a Chesapeake Bay tradition: The Feast includes steamed shrimp, crab legs, clams, corn, kielbasa and baby potatoes.

Gold Level Winner

Cobalt Grille, Virginia Beach

Open for 15 years, Chef Alvin Williams’ food is classed as Euroclectic, American Contemporary and Fun Dining. Customer favorites are Beef Wellington, Rockfish topped with Lobster, Crab & Lemon Beurre Blanc, Fried Oreos and Dip Sum Doughnuts.

24K Gold Level Winner

East Coast Taco Company, Suffolk

Located in historic downtown Suffolk, chef/owner Jose Moncada serves up authentic Mexican cuisine with a strong local produce influence. An extensive menu offers favorites, and there are chef-inspired nightly specials.

Gold Level Winner     

Eurasia Café & Wine Bar, Virginia Beach

We’ve long loved Eurasia and its upscale-but-approachable, creative menu with a decidedly Asian twist. Lunch is always enjoyable, but dinner is amazing; we enjoy the sesame-encrusted ahi tuna.

24K Gold Level Winner     

Fire and Vine, Virginia Beach

The focus here is fire: seasonal, fire-roasted recipes, paired with vine; the eatery offers an extensive list of New World wines, as well as regional craft beers. Peter Stine recently took over the kitchen, and we loved the steak and seafood offerings we ordered.

24K Gold Level Winner

Gosport Tavern, Portsmouth

Gosport Tavern offers tavern-style cuisine with a twist, in a fun and comfortable setting. This is a true neighborhood spot, catering to the folks in Olde Towne Portsmouth with a focus on American craft beer and American whisky. A rooftop deck opens in 2016.

Gold Level Winner

Hot Tuna, Virginia Beach

Since 1982, Hot Tuna has been a local favorite along the Great Neck Corridor. Fresh, local ingredients fuel a menu that includes calamari, soft-shell crabs, ahi tuna and burgers. There is also a focus on specialty cocktails.

24K Gold Level Winner  

La Bella in Ghent, Norfolk

La Bella in Ghent is a family-owned and operated, independent Italian restaurant opened in 2007 by chef/owner Andrea DiCarlo. The feel is Old School, Jersey Italian and the food is straight from Sicily. Note an extensive gluten-free and vegan menu. We love the Veal Saltimbocca, rich with prosciutto, sage, cheese and sherry sauce.

24K Gold Level Winner

Lager Heads Restaurant, Virginia Beach

To call Lager Heads a burger joint would be a disservice. There is a focus on burgers, and we’ve tried all 12, but other menu items, including steaks, chops and seafood are there too, as well as 20 craft beers hand-selected from around the country.

Gold Level Winner

lynnhaven fish house​Lynnhaven Fish House, Virginia Beach

Fresh catch is served up in a dining room with a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay. From Executive Chef Jim Reis comes signature dishes like Cedar Plank Salmon, Seafood Tower and Filet Mignon. The eatery has been owned by the Kyrus family for 36 years.

24K Gold Level Winner

Mahi Mah’s, Virginia Beach

Located right on the beach, gorgeous views are afforded at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Throughout all the meal services is a focus on seafood. From mid-day on, sushi rolls appear. A favorite of ours, however, is the Carolina Pork Melt—a true regional treat.

24K Gold Level Winner

Mannino’s Italian Bistro, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach

Mannino’s is a casual-upscale Old World-inspired Italian restaurant infused with New York stylings. We love the Linguine Pesto Genovese, and chef/owner John Mannino’s crab soup is legendary. There are three locations across Coastal Virginia.

24K Gold Level Winner

Metropolitan Oyster Exchange, Virginia Beach

Chef/owner Maureen Cucchiaro augments freshly shucked Eastern Shore oysters in this comfortable, quaint eatery with an upscale/fish shack feel. Other fabulous food (gumbo, jambalaya, lobster) are offered alongside craft beers and creative cocktails.

24K Gold Level Winner

Nawab Indian Cuisine, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg

From a warm, comfortable, paprika-hued dining room come dishes with flavors of India, from clean, simple delicate tastes to those that explode with spice and heat.

Gold Level Winner  

Norfolk Seafood Co. & Big Easy Oyster Bar, Norfolk

In Norfolk Seafood Co., traditional seafood offerings are served Old School style, among them crab, flounder and scallops. Upstairs at the oyster bar, look for menus that include oysters, shrimp cocktail and she-crab soup.

Gold Level Winner   

Opus 9 Steakhouse, Williamsburg

In a decidedly upscale atmosphere, quality cuts of prime beef are served along with vintages that have garnered the Wine Enthusiast’s Award of Excellence every year.

24K Gold Level Winner

Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant & Market, Chesapeake

How fresh can fresh catch get? Off The Hook operates both a fresh seafood market and an adjacent full-service seafood restaurant. Specialties from the kitchen of chefs Stephen Gellas and Mary Prader include locally caught/harvested seafood and locally grown produce. A mid-summer meal of grouper we enjoyed was, well, off the hook.

24K Gold Level Winner  

Passion the Restaurant, Chesapeake

Passion, open since 2008, is a casual, fine dining eatery. From Executive Chef Garett Barner comes dishes including rack of lamb, shrimp and grits and fresh catch seafood; the she crab soup is fabulous.

24K Gold Level Winner

the point at phoebusThe Point at Phoebus, Hampton

Quaint, with an urban-esque feel, The Point focuses on creative farm-to-table comfort goods made from scratch, as well as craft brews, spirits and signature cocktails. On a visit, we grooved on the Smoked Mushroom Stir Fry, local smoked mushrooms, carrots and other goodies over plantation rice.

Gold Level Winner

The Public House, Norfolk

The Public House in Ghent offers a creatively-spun pub menu with items like Chicken Pot Pie, two cheesy versions of mac and cheese, and burgers, including a chickpea veggie burger. A large whiskey selection and 31 draft beer lines augment the food.

Gold Level Winner  

Rajput Indian Cuisine, Norfolk and Suffolk

Open since 1999, Rajput offers an extensive menu, including vegan and gluten-free options. Featured are a lunch buffet, dinner buffet on Sunday and fine dining at dinner serving Southern Indian cuisine in an exotic setting.

Gold Level Winner  

Rockafeller’s, Virginia Beach

Since 1989, Rockafeller’s has offered great, straight-forward seafood and amazing views of Rudee Inlet from its large, two-story beach cottage-esque building. Brunch is wonderful, and at dinner a seafood sampler is in order, along with some hushpuppies studded with crab and shrimp. The coconut cake makes us swoon.

Gold Level Winner

rockafellers and rudeesRudee’s on the Inlet, Virginia Beach

Housed in a replica of a Coast Guard station, Rudee’s has served up seasonal specials, with a focus on seafood, for 32 years. We love the raw bar and fresh catch prepared Chesapeake Style with jumbo lump crabmeat, Virginia ham and Bearnaise sauce.

Gold Level Winner

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Virginia Beach

Celebrating 10 years in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, Ruth’s Chris still has their sizzle. From the fine furnishings and dark mahogany paneling to the well-appointed tableware and attentive service, the table is set—literally—for a big sizzling steak (broiled at 1800 degrees). We love the cowboy cut.

24K Gold Level Winner

Schlesinger’s Steaks, Newport News

Fireside seating, a fine dining atmosphere and plush booths are inspired by the fine chophouses of New York. So is the menu, which focuses on prime beef and fresh seafood. We love the filet mignon.

24k Gold Level Winner

Second Street, An American Bistro, Newport News

Brothers John and Mickey Chohany opened Second Street in 1985 and, from their modern American bistro, serve creative approachable regional fare in a casual-upscale setting. The herb-rubbed Grilled Bistro Steak is a winner.

Gold Level Winner

Supper Southern Morsels, Norfolk

In just a year’s time, Supper has been one of those places we love to go to for supper (and lunch, and brunch). Elevated Southern comfort foods and a focus on craft cocktails (and a hyper-local beer list) are served up in a shabby chic dining room or rooftop deck. Chef Ed Storey’s fried chicken is the bomb.

24K Gold Level Winner

Tautog’s, Virginia Beach

We love the simple, straightforward approach of seafood at Tautog’s, as well as the charming location: a 1926 beach cottage at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. All of our experiences have been wonderful, and we still think about a meal of local blackened tuna.

24K Gold Level Winner

The Terrace Room at Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg

The Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn offers a more casual dining experience that features traditional American fare with a modern expression. Signature dishes include Wagyu beef burgers, a Virginia-inspired Cobb salad and the world famous Williamsburg Inn crab cake.

24K Gold Level Winner

Thirty 7 North, Virginia Beach

We love Thirty 7 North: open, airy and surrounded by waters just off the Chesapeake Bay, Executive Chef Jamie Young capitalizes on the fresh feeling with local fare. Pan-Seared Scallops made us sizzle.

24K Gold Level Winner  

Waterman’s Surfside Grille, Virginia Beach

The panoramic view of sand and surf from the glass-front dining room whets your appetite for the fresh seafood Waterman’s has offered since 1981; the menu also offers items from ribs to pasta. An Orange Crush is a must.

Gold Level Winner   

Woody McGees, Virginia Beach

Seafood, Café/Bistro

Part bar, part bistro, an extensive menu offers a variety of dishes; a signature item is the Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with rosemary-bourbon gravy. Editor’s note: as CoVa went to press, we were sad to learn of the passing of owner Don Stull.

Gold Level Winner

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