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Redwood Smoke Shack Announces Summer Opening in Norfolk

This March, the 50-year-old Dog-N-Burger Grille closed its doors at 2001 Manteo St. The beloved Norfolk restaurant supplied hundreds of port city locals with salty crinkle fries, juicy hamburgers and ballpark hotdogs. The time has come, however, to pass the…

Saturday Brunch at Saltine

Step into Norfolk’s Saltine and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a sophisticated fish market in New York’s Upper East Side. Multicolor subway tiles bolster expansive ice beds brimming with fresh catches from peel-and-eat shrimp, ahi tuna and…

Cape Charles Brewing Company on the Eastern Shore

A mother, sheriff and former cookie salesman walk into a brewery. What sounds like the beginning of a corny joke is actually the crux of the Marshall family’s craft beverage empire. Cape Charles Brewing Company is the result of a…

O’Connor Brewing Introduces Proper Lager to Year-Round Lineup

O’Connor Brewing Co. introduced their newest beer, Proper Lager, to their year-round lineup during a launch party on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Norfolk craft brewery. Proper Lager is a Helles-style lager made properly using procured ingredients for easy drinkability.…

The Stockpot Opens at Selden Market

Chef Anne Galante and partner Patrick Edwards opened the second location of The Stockpot earlier in the winter at Selden Market in Downtown Norfolk. The new comfort food café is larger than its first restaurant location in Virginia Beach’s ViBe…

Bold Mariner Brewing Company Plans Move to Ocean View

Bold Mariner Brewing Company recently announced plans to shut down its Lambert’s Point operations in order to pursue a shoreline brewery and taproom in Ocean View. Come springtime, the Norfolk-based brewing company will begin its redesign of the former Bank of…

Vessel Craft Coffee Expands with Second Norfolk Location

Vessel Craft Coffee announced it will open a second location in March on the first floor of Norfolk City Hall in Downtown Norfolk. The new location will include an expanded menu with drip, pour over and specialty coffee drinks, cold brew…

Chef Ralph Anderson Joins The Green Cat Team

Last December, big-time burger chef Ralph Anderson traded his grill for a blender during a switch to the Oceanfront’s popular health food spot The Green Cat Juice Bar & Market. Anderson left his eight-year run as the executive chef for Moliar…

Gloucester Brewing Company Makes Locally Inspired Beer

As Mike Brewer flipped through the Gloucester newspaper nearly three years ago, a county-wide proposal caught his attention. Plans to revitalize Gloucester’s Main Street were gaining traction, and at the center of the pitch was the call for a local…

O’Connor Brewing Company to Debut Small-Batch Cans

Just after the new year, Norfolk’s O’Connor Brewing Company announced plans to install a new in-house canning line. Onsite canning will not only allow O’Connor to increase its sustainability efforts, but will ensure superior quality control, flexibility for more frequent…

Cowboy Neil’s Offers a Fresh Take on Tex-Mex Eats

Shortly after Stoley’s closed its doors on a 14-year-old business, Neil Waranch claimed the space as the future home of Cowboy Neil’s Tex-Mex Cantina. The Tejano-inspired grill opened in Virginia Beach’s Great Neck neighborhood last fall and now dishes out…

Wine Tastings in Coastal Virginia

Happy hours are great, but something about a weekday wine tasting suggests both sophistication and time to, well, stop and smell the wine. We’ve rounded up the top wine tasting spots throughout Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Williamsburg. We’ve even…

6 Holiday Beers from Local Craft Breweries

The holidays are here in Coastal Virginia, and craft breweries have loaded their taps with wintry libations. We’ve rounded up six holiday beers from local craft breweries for you to enjoy by your firepit, alongside your holiday feast or simply in a taproom…

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant Opens in Virginia Beach

With the arrival of the Illinois-based chain, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Virginia Beach residents now have a new place to wine and dine. The Napa-style tasting room and eatery is housed in a sleek new building situated in Lynnhaven…

Off-Season Specials at Waterman’s and Chix

Locals, rejoice. We are now on the ebb of tourist season. Oceanfront parking meters have shut down for the winter and our favorite waterside restaurants are finally void of the dreaded summertime waits. While the shops and diners that line…

Farmhouse Brewing’s Inaugural Grand Illumination

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Back Bay Brewing's Farmhouse Brewing Co. transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland full of Christmas cheer and handcrafted beer. Wreaths and garland now adorn the 20th-century farmhouse and its grounds dazzle beneath a 16-foot Christmas tree. Adding…

New Realm Brewing to Expand with Onsite Restaurant

Andi and Zoe Photography The 3-month-old New Realm Brewing has been operating full steam ahead since settling into the former Green Flash facility earlier this year. The craft brewery has proved itself as a powerhouse addition to Virginia Beach’s beer climate…

Williamsburg Winery Tasting Room and Wine Bar

In storybooks, staircases often lead to enchanting places like a princess’s tower chamber or the glowing lantern room of a lighthouse. A hidden stairwell in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square leads to something even more entrancing—wine. Nestled between The Precious Gem and R.…

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Williamsburg 2018

On Nov. 1, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction returned to Williamsburg for an evening of culinary mastery and friendly bidding in support of the organization’s fight to end premature births. This year’s auction featured new chefs, new sponsors as well as a…

India Fest Preview with Nawab Indian Cuisine

Now in its 23rd year, India Fest will celebrate the prosperous exchange of Indian culture in our community with a free, full day of events at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 10. Organized by the Asian Indians…

Oyster Roasts in Coastal Virginia

Virginia's Eastern Shore Wine & Brine Come autumn, oysters are as popular as pumpkins, as they become seasonal staples in every holiday dish and are the inspiration behind many harvest celebrations along Virginia’s salty coast. Whether you enjoy them fresh, fried…

Virginia Wine’s Inaugural Coastal Harvest Party

Midway along Route 13 at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel lie the expansive farmlands and sparkling watersheds of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The humble thoroughfare is dotted with local motels and diners, farmhouse-style antique shops and a…

The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Blanca Food + Wine

A former gas station-turned hot dog stand in Norfolk’s Riverview borough recently underwent yet another facelift. Unlike its predecessors, the space’s newest inhabitant, Blanca Food + Wine, swaps classic American fare for elevated European cuisine. When Blanca owner and Executive…