Restaurants & Food

2021 Restaurant Weeks in Coastal Virginia

The holiday season may be over, but it’s the most wonderful time of year for Coastal Virginia foodies. Over the next few months, participating restaurants throughout the region will be offering dining deals in conjunction with each city’s Restaurant Week.…

Fox Tail to Pair Worldly Flavors, Vintages in Phoebus

When you dream of opening a cozy, intimate wine bar with big international menu flavors to match, you can’t let a pandemic put the cork back in your unbottled enthusiasm. And, like many local restauranteurs, the owners of the new…

5 to Try at Yendidi Restaurant

Images courtesy of Yendidi Restaurant Coastal Virginia has become a melting pot for international fare. Adding some spice to our regional restaurant offerings is Yendidi Restaurant, serving flavorful, authentic Ghanaian and West African cuisine. Yendidi opened for takeout back in…

Crazy for Cocoa Bombs

It wasn’t tick-tick-tick that signaled the explosion. It was TikTok. Viral videos of cocoa bombs last fall triggered legions to crave the cold-weather conceit, a thick chocolaty shell that bursts open to unleash a fusion of hot chocolate mix and…

Moe Stevenson: A Craftsman of Comforting Cuisine

If comfort food were an art form, Motier Stevenson could be hailed as Coastal Virginia’s Leonardo da Vinci. Stevenson is chef and co-owner of My Mama’s Kitchen, a homey restaurant near Norfolk’s East Beach dishing out Southern-style cuisine with a…

Spiced Cranberry Curd Tart Recipe

That eye-popping crimson color. That silky sweet-tart cranberry curd with just a hint of classic holiday spices. And last, but certainly not least, that delicate crunch of a blissfully buttery pistachio crust. Wow your family, your guests—or, hey, even just…

Oyster Academy Is Delicious Fun

If the phrase “lunch and learn” conjures up images of boxed sandwiches and boring slide presentations, that’s probably because you’ve not had the privilege of washing down sublimely fresh, just-out-of-the-Rappanhanock bivalves with your choice of Virginia wine at the Virginia…

Next-Level Holiday Side Dishes

Photos by Jenna McKenney While very much beloved, those old faithful side dishes can often get the short end of the stick in terms of our creativity. As we prepare to gather around the table with friends or family this…

CoVa Happy Hour Recipes - Fall Edition

Nov. 7 - Slane Irish Coffee (Click to enlarge) Nov 13 - Jacks Honey Cider (Click to enlarge) November 20 - Sonoma Cutrer (Click to enlarge) December 4- The Old Forester Old Fashioned (Click to enlarge) December 11 -Jack Daniel's…

Main Street Morsels in Downtown Suffolk

You stroll past a rustic-chic restaurant whose founder cooked at the legendary James Beard House. Turn the corner, there’s a sushi bar whose chef-owner trained under Iron Chef Morimoto. Take several steps down the street, and chili-spiked watermelon and pineapple…

Requiem for a Foodie Friend: Jane Gardner

I’d love to be meeting Jane Gardner for lunch today. Alas, the extraordinary woman Coastal Virginia knew as an award-winning reporter and trailblazing female anchor (at a time when that gender-descriptor was requisite), died on July 11. That’s how I…

5 Fall Beers from Coastal Virginia Breweries

Fall ushers in cooler temperatures, amber-colored landscapes and a new season of craft beers. The light, citrusy flavors of summer IPAs transition into richer, spiced autumnal offerings from Coastal Virginia breweries. Here are five fall brews that are perfect for…

Apple Fritters Recipe for the Fall

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager European and early versions of apple fritters in the U.S. often called for whole apple slices dipped in batter and lightly fried. The all-American staple people have come to know and…

Local Artist’s Pie Goes Viral

Pie fashion is high fashion for Virginia-based sculptor Karen Freidt, who swapped art supplies for kitchen utensils in her recent dive into creative baked goods. The former NASA employee experimented with elaborately carved pie crusts ranging from floral landscapes to…

Droofin Delivers Wine and Beer across Coastal Virginia

Norfolk-based startup, Droofin, is set to deliver wine and beer to thirsty residents on the Southside of Coastal Virginia. “Droofin is exclusively an online beer and wine ordering platform that delivers chilled, ready-to-enjoy products to your doorstep,” according to owner…

Equinox Coffee Co. Creates Weekly Nox Box Amid COVID-19

Equinox Coffee Co. remained open for takeout throughout stay-at-home. “We could be one point of normalcy,” says Heidi Joy Delacruz who manages the cozy coffee shop in Norfolk’s Park Place. To reach those who weren’t venturing out, she and owner…

Commune Launches Student-Led Restaurant in Norfolk

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commune’s Norfolk location closed its doors. The sustainable restaurant is set to reopen this Saturday, Aug. 15 with a new culinary concept, CommunexCROP. In partnership with The CROP Foundation (CROP), an organization dedicated…

Virginia Cheese Co. Opens Following COVID-19 Delay

Ashtyn Greene was close to unveiling her Virginia Cheese Company in Norfolk’s Freemason District when COVID-19 nixed that. But she’s resilient (her mom chose her name because a complicated pregnancy meant she would have to be strong, like an ash…

Norfolk’s Grandiflora Wine Garden Prepares to Open

Besides a newborn baby, nothing expresses faith in the future like a garden. That’s why the plantings and progress at Grandiflora Wine Garden, a nascent three-room inn and wine bar in Norfolk’s Chelsea, delivered a pop of optimism during our…

Summer in a Mason Jar Tomato Jam Recipe

Photos by Kathy Keeney | Recipe by Jacqui Renager As backyard gardens begin overflowing with sun-ripened beefsteaks and Coastal Virginia farm stands are boasting a rainbow crop of heirlooms and old favorites, tomatoes rightfully take center stage on summer plates.…