Author: Patrick Evans-Hylton

One Special Spud: The Hayman Sweet Potato

Tradition says it gets its name from a sea captain who brought it here after returning from some faraway journey. Just where he obtained the potato in the first place has been lost over time. And indeed the Hayman was almost lost over time altogether. Original seed remains hard to find, but there are still crops planted here and, as far as we know, here and nowhere else in the world.

5 Fabulous Soups That Bowl Us Over

We always love a good soup, but this time of year, as days get shorter and shadows get longer, and when the air has a sweet crispness to it, almost apologizing for the hazy, hot and humid summer, we crave a good soup.

Fresh and Fruitive Dishes to Dine For

Enter Fruitive, a five-year-old restaurant and juice bar that offers healthy, creative eats so good you may be saying, “Where’s the beef? Who cares?”

Open Air Eats: Best Places for Outdoor Dining

A most magical thing happened last month: the earth’s axis shifted to its maximum tilt on June 20, making the northern hemisphere the closest to ol’ Sol as we’ve been in a year. This move, the June solstice, officially ushered…

Summer Six Pack

Any time is a good time for a locally crafted beer, but in late spring and early summer, as the grill is fired up and the Adirondack chairs make their way to the porch, we really start craving a cold,…

Pungo Strawberries: Berried Treasure

Somehow, it just isn’t spring until we eat our fill of ripe, red, sinfully delicious strawberries from the Virginia Beach hamlet of Pungo. Throughout the season, folks can find their way here and either pick their own berries from the…

The Flavors of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a world traveler, consuming his passion for exploration and adventure, along with some good eats along the way. Cuba one day, Africa, France, Key West or Spain the next. And Idaho. Yes, Idaho. The famed writer has…

Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Salad

If Cheers were set in a fish house and oyster bar, Sam Malone might have been slinging bivalves behind the bar. Comfortable. Convivial. That’s Harpoon Larry’s. From an extensive seafood-centric menu, we gravitate toward the oysters. An extensive list gives…

A Very Virginia Valentine’s Day

No doubt that you and your significant other are the perfect pair. (At least you’d better say that in public, amiright?) Here are a few ideas for a perfect pairing come Valentine’s Day dinner: The Dish: Rack of Lamb from…

Fig Jam Vinaigrette

Here’s a piquant Fig Jam Vinaigrette with just a bit of sweetness to make things interesting: you could make it with the fig jam you’ve put up this year, or grab a jar from a local farmers market (our pick…

8 Meatless Meals We Love

It seems as if we’ve all been told by our mothers growing up to eat our vegetables. Turns out many of us are doing just that. For a number of reasons—including health, moral and religious concerns, folks are celebrating the…

Shrimp and Grits, With a Flair

A sold-out crowd wandered from table to table, nibbling on creative dishes from some of the region’s top chefs. It seemed that each “yum” was more pronounced than the next. This scene plays out each year at the March of…

Stroll for Your Supper

The seventh annual WHRO Strolling Supper Party, showcasing Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Platinum Plate Award winners takes place Feb. 28 at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. The event includes a food-themed silent auction, live entertainment and samples from some of Coastal…

Restaurant Week Roundup

Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week has just ended, but not to fret. Here are some more Restaurant Weeks that will bring delicious dining deals to Coastal Virginia in the coming months. During these weeks, area restaurants will offer specially priced lunch…

Stout Braised Pork Shoulder Sandwich from 1608 Crafthouse

If these walls could talk, they’d tell stories of some really great meals. This building was originally Lucky Star, one of the region’s most celebrated eateries. Then it was a location of Mannino’s, another lauded restaurant. And now it is…

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…

How To Host a Cookie Swap

A timeless gathering during the season is an old-fashioned cookie swap, an opportunity to gather with other folks and share a batch—or two—of your cookies, and in return leaving with an assortment from the event. It’s made even more fun…

What to do with Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sometimes the best part of the meal isn’t the meal itself, but rather the leftovers. Beyond being frugal and making food stretch to two offerings instead of one, there is something about having leftovers that stimulates the creative side in…