I just moved here in October and need to try some new restaurants.
Some places we've been so far:
Cora: for brunch. Loved it. But, why don’t they serve booze anymore?
723 W 21st St, Norfolk
Aw Shucks: Thought it was pretty tasty, the 1/2 oyster poboy is a steal at $6.
Really enjoyed their York River oysters as well. 2200 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk
The Boot: Regretted it. I really wanted to like it, the room is great, the servers are nice, great beer selection... but the food left A LOT to be desired. Maybe we went too soon after they opened and they hadn’t worked out their recipes yet. I don’t know, it wasn’t good. My food was shockingly salty, the boyfriends food tasted good but came with half of the expected ingredients. Not a good experience. 123 W. 21st St Norfolk
Luna Maya: my food was FANTASTIC (tamales), boyfriend didn’t like his at all (enchiladas), chips and salsa were pretty bad, I think they buy their chips from the dollar store across the street or something. I thought it was a little pricey for what it is. Also, the room is terrible. 2000 Colonial Ave. Norfolk
Rajput: I like their buffet selection, lots of vegetarian stuff. I’m not a vegetarian but I prefer the meatless choices with Indian food. Excellent pudding with big chunks of mango in it. SO good. 742 W, 21st St, Norfolk
Cogans: pretty good, cheap booze. I like their plain old pizza better than the fancy ones they make. The breadsticks they serve are awesome. 1901 Colonial Ave, Norfolk
The Taphouse: Had an awesome portobella sandwich and some crazy eggrolls. Hillbilly Eggrolls? Redneck eggrolls? I don’t know what they were called, but they were good. I’d been there to drink before (great beer selection) but I had no idea their food was so tasty. 931 W. 21st Street Norfolk
Veneziano: Oh man, I really liked this place. It is a totally old school red sauce joint, cheap carafes of cheapo wine. I had cheese manicotti that was fantastic. My serving was enough for about 300 people but it tasted great reheated the next day. My boyfriend had veal marsala. He liked it alright, it was made differently than he expected so he was disappointed but it tasted great. Their soup was minestrone and I loved it. It’s not really a special occasion kind of place but it’s perfect for a great meal on the cheap.
4024 Granby Street, Norfolk
Philly Style Steaks & Subs: Just stopped in on Monday for lunch. Really tasty. Are they authentic cheesesteaks? I have no idea, I’ve never been to Philly. But, they taste great. 7456 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk
Havana: awesome, I had paella, boyfriend had a tuna steak, we had an appetizer but I don’t remember what it was. Everything was good however. Very tasty mojitos.
255 Granby St Norfolk
Pho 79: This place has become my fallback dinner joint. The atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired but the food is great. Love their spring rolls. I blame their Pho for curing me of a two week headcold that I couldn’t get rid of. Ate Pho, got better. Love it. Dirt Cheap.
4816 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach
Smokey Bones: I just shuddered as I typed the name. Bad, bad, bad. Big mistake. I should have known we were in trouble when we walked in and didn’t smell the “barbeque” cooking. I don’t usually bother with chains but every once in a while, they surprise you. Smokey Bones is not in that category. 4590 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach
Ensenada: Didn’t care for it. I’ve heard good things but my food didn’t really taste like anything at all, the service was sub par. Eh. 2824 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach
Kotobuki: in Ghent, the dressing on their house salad is awesome, the sushi is really fresh and the service is great. I read some online reviews saying it was overpriced but I thought that for what you get, it is pretty reasonable. 721 W 21st St, Norfolk
Domo: No good. Got carry-out for lunch last week, I thought it was kind ofoverpriced and all of my sushi tasted kind of watery. I'd rather Kotobuki anyday. 273 Granby St Norfolk
Speaking of lunch, Granby St Pizza is pretty good. Try the Italian Flag slice. The guy who works there (Owner? Boss?) at lunchtime is really nice as well. 235 Granby St., Norfolk
Minnie Lumpia: I really dug this place. We were the only customers, Minnie was ridiculously nice, the Lumpia were excellent. When we go back, I might get a different dish and a lumpia on the side. We both had a lumpia dinner and it was a little deep fried heavy for me. But, it tasted great. 4515 Colley Ave., Norfolk
We’ve been to a bunch more places but I can’t recall some names at the moment. We really like ethnic food of all kinds, I’ll try just about anything. We need some variety though. Cheap lunch? Fancy lunch? Lunch when mom comes to town? Good bar food? Fancy dinner? Weekday dinner? Where else can we go?