Category Archives: American

One Fish Two Fish – Shucking Pearls in Virginia Beach (Grade: A)

One of the most elusive mysteries of Hampton Roads is is it really that much to ask for a worthwhile grocery store why is it so hard to find decent seafood?  I mean, I live a block and a half … Continue reading

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Circa 1918 – Newport News’ New Dawn (Grade: A)

UPDATE:  Oh, Circa 1918, why have you forsaken me?  Was I too inattentive?  Not lavish enough in my praise?  Did I noticeably wince the last time the bill was more than $200 for two people at a wine tasting event? … Continue reading

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Conch & Bucket – Well, Your Friend is Kind of Cute (Grade: B)

The newest addition to what’s left of once-vibrant downtown Hampton should be an easy success story.  Conch & Bucket is a warmly lit, wood-lined restaurant with an inviting design, a strong wine focus, and an original menu.  And given the … Continue reading

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Brent’s Fine Food – “Elite” is a Relative Term (Grade: B-)

Brent’s Fine Food has a weird slogan:  “Where the elite meet to eat.”  Of course, it’s kind of odd that a restaurant has a slogan in the first place, and even stranger how Brent’s bandies theirs about without so much … Continue reading

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Stove, The Restaurant – Sweet, Savory and Slightly Surreal (Grade: A-)

“EaT HEER” the sign outside beckons. Say what? The paper towels in the restroom tell us:  “soon he new it was thyme 2-go & Really start cookies [cookin’?] cause the yeast was prof-n good & he KNEEDED 2 try dat … Continue reading

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99 Main Restaurant – Pure Escapism (Grade: A)

Ruth Reichl, one of the New York Times most-celebrated food critics, once wrote:  “Every restaurant is a theater, and the truly great ones allow us to indulge in the fantasy that we are rich and powerful.  When restaurants hold up … Continue reading

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Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Bar – Dive In (Grade: A-)

Parked out in front of Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Bar is a decrepit 70s-era conversion van with a giant lobster draped over it.  As far as I can tell, neither the van nor the lobster has moved in years, and both … Continue reading

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