Planning a vacation to Virginia Beach? Consider these food places, which are five of our local inspector's favorite restaurants, when you're deciding where to eat.
The Boardwok Restaurant
1993 Sandbridge Rd.
AAA Inspector 55:
This fabulous, family-run spot melds flavors from throughout Asia with a Hawaiian flair for an unbeatable, fresh menu. The "Hot & Sour Soup" is made fresh to order and is not to be missed. Other favorites include lumpia, pepper jack wontons, noodles with the chef's special roast pork and vegetables, curried scallops and an "East Meets West" omelet.
Eurasia Cafe & Wine Bar
960 Laskin Rd.
AAA Inspector 55: NOT FOUND
The chic wine bar offers excellent sophisticated dishes in an intimate modern spot adjacent to a wine shop. The menu ranges from upscale sandwiches to creative small bites and entrées. Specialties include local oysters (fried or raw), vegetable spring rolls, candied bacon BLT, pimento-deviled eggs, shrimp and smoked Gouda gritcakes, and fabulous soups such as potato leek and hot n' sour.
AAA Inspector 55: How do I choose between the great pizzas, hand-cut pastas, and wonderful appetizers?
What started as a pizza truck has become one of the most popular spots near the beach for fabulous, gourmet pizza prepared in a wood oven, which is the heart of the kitchen. Other great offerings include deviled oysters, handmade pastas, shrimp and grits, and roasted tuna.
AAA Inspector 55: I love the desserts and the great sandwiches that come from the kitchen of this cozy cottage.
This tiny cottage is charmingly decorated with sunny lemon wallpaper and vintage style. The menu offers a delicious selection of sandwiches such as chicken salad on fresh-baked breads. Dessert is not to be missed—everything is made in house, including croissants, macarons, tarts, and cakes.
AAA Inspector 55: Absolutely the freshest and best sushi and sashimi around, as well as a great hot & sour soup.
The setting is beautifully sparse and crisp with an icy white bar and creamy walls accented by modern art at this longtime favorite. You'll find traditional dishes, but the real draw here are the fabulous creative sushi rolls and new-style sashimi, which are beautifully presented like true works of art. The hot and sour soup is the best I have ever had; the chef smiled and said it was his mother's recipe. Don't miss the saketini cocktails.