Virginia Beach Cuisine Scene

Local chefs are incorporating many aspects of Virginia Beach’s coastal culture into their cuisine to create a memorable dining experience.

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Local & Loving: Delicious Eats in Virginia Beach Part 1

Farm-to-fork and tide-to-table dining. Take advantage of the fabulous dishes that area chefs bring to the table, using their creative license to create distinctive dishes combining ingredients from local farms and seafood.

Catch 31 takes pride in featuring oysters, shrimp, tuna, cobia and striper that they get from mid-Atlantic coast watermen each morning. You can always expect to find a tempting selection from their daily fresh catch options, and their divine signature entrees are served with seasonal vegetables.

Mahi Mah’s serves up fish grilled, broiled, blackened or bronzed—or wrapped around sushi rice and wasabi. Their crab cakes are made with hand-picked Virginia blue crab, and they make their own specialty chowders and bisques each morning. Add to this a Wine Spectator’s award-winning wine list and a large selection of beers, and you have a meal to remember.

Another place to find great seafood is Chix Sea Grill & Bar. Choose from selections like flounder stuffed with Chesapeake Bay crabmeat, shrimp and crab nachos or oysters on the half shell. Check out their happy hour specials and signature drinks to complement your meal!
Check out Nautilus Restaurant for options like their famous creamy She-crab soup, deep sea scallops, chicken Rockefeller and stuffed jumbo shrimp with crab imperial. Their seafood buffet includes seasonal chef specialty salads, a raw bar with cocktail shrimp and raw oysters and a fine selection of seafood.

At Shoreline Grill guests can experience spectacular oceanfront dining on the boardwalk patio. Feast on entrees such as shrimp burgers, homemade North Carolina style shrimp served with lettuce, tomato and red onion, or the catch of the day served blackened, broiled or fried and with a side of veggies.

Perhaps you’d like a little music with your meal. Dine at Abbey Road on 22nd Street for good food, good times and 101 international beers available inside this popular Beatles-inspired restaurant. You’ll love their selection of beef, seafood and vegetarian entrees as you listen to Beatles hits and browse the grand assortment of nostalgic memorabilia.

Savor a meal at Chop’s Seafood and Steaks, offering seafood and naturally juicy steaks. Choose from a menu of specialty dishes like their potato encrusted crab cakes with Mediterranean couscous and Dijon pesto or their wet aged king cut fillet accompanied by truffle and parmesan Brussels sprouts, broccolini or their famous bacon mac and cheese.

At Cotton Southern Bistro, Executive Chef Jeff Brown uses familiar recipes and farm-to-table ingredients to create a menu that’s extraordinarily local. Favorite selections include fried green tomatoes layered with herbed goat cheese and drizzled with roasted red pepper coulis, Southern, golden brown fried flounder and chicken n’ biscuits, tender chunks of boneless breast stewed with celery, carrots, onions and peas and served over homemade biscuits.

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