Tag Archives: Fine Dining

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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The Green Onion – Gourmet en masse (Grade: A-)

During hurricane season in Hampton Roads, which is basically the entire year except for November through February, it doesn’t really “rain” like it does in other places.  Ordinarily, “rain” equates to drops falling from the sky and watering your flowers … Continue reading

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