Places Where Culinary and Experience Truly Meet

Homework is done, classes are finished, and the pastor just dismissed the church service. Yet smiling demeanors and encouraging attitudes dissipate the moment you arrive at the car because you know what’s coming next. You’re going to hear that age-old question yet again, and the car is about to become the house of indecision. You fervently hope that someone else has an answer. You pray that this time it will be different. Instead of “I don’t know” or “I don’t care,” please let someone have a fresh idea!

We’ve all been there. That dreaded question, “Where do you want to eat?” Accounting for everyone’s pallet can often be like trying to find Waldo in a book that he was never in to begin with: frustrating. But this is a weekly challenge that no longer has to be left up for debate. Below are several eateries in the Hampton Roads area that will keep the taste buds satisfied, personalities cultured, and relationships in harmony.

The Bee and the Biscuit

1785 Princess Anne Rd Virginia Beach, VA 2345

Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? It is the most important meal of the day, after all. Whether you’re craving a biscuit that melts in your mouth, flavorful omelets and benedicts, or an infamous plate of avocado toast, this cottage-style restaurant that serves fresh farm-grown produce is just what you’re looking for. Not in the mood for breakfast? They have a lunch menu full of cleverly titled sandwiches, wraps, and salads. But don’t misinterpret what ‘all day’ means, since they are only open from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. If you’re the kind of person who likes to have that Instagram-able picture taken of coffee drinks that taste as good as they look, then plan a trip to this place where a charming atmosphere invites you to catch up with friends over a memorable meal.

Lamia’s Crepes

401 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23510 or 216 Town Center Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Tucked away on busy Granby Street in Norfolk, resides a creperie bursting with Parisian appeal. Witness French crepe making in action as an employee translates and transforms the words of your order into a culinary piece of art. The walls hold beautiful scenic images of the iconic Eiffel Tower, transporting you across the world without ever leaving Norfolk. It’s not the biggest place for dinning in, so if the few chairs inside and tables out front are taken, be prepared to take your crepe to-go. Nonetheless there’s a crepe or two to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth and one, two, or three for a person craving something savory. From the ham, swiss, and tomatoes Bretonne to the classic strawberry and banana with Nutella and chocolate sauce, this Parisian spot should be added to your list of to-do’s soon. If nothing in the above description enticed you, then you should also note that ice-cream can be added to anything – making the best sweet crepes even better!

Mack’s Great American Grill

801 N Battlefield Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23322 or 4300 Colley Ave Norfolk, VA 23508

There’s something really special about a good burger that just can’t be argued. It’s on grills and tables everywhere to celebrate the Fourth of July because it’s an American classic. Mack’s not only offers delicious and distinctive burgers, but they also serve smokehouse platters, fresh seafood, and an array of appetizers that the whole family can share. The prices are reasonable for the amount of food given, and the quality customer service makes the dining experience even more enjoyable. It’s a great place to casually hang-out with old friends and even make some new ones! With one location in Chesapeake and Mack’s Barge in Norfolk, you’ll be able to leave either place planning your next trip back.

Yama Chen’s Sushi Roll House

1501 Cedar Rd, Unit 116, Chesapeake, VA 23322

If you’re already in the Chesapeake area because you’ve just visited Mack’s Grill and need something to diversify your pallet, then head on over to Yama Chen’s on Cedar Road. The variety of sushi rolls is phenomenal, and the taste of homemade sauces atop the beautifully plated sushi is just as impressive. If you find it hard to decide what single roll you’d like to enjoy, there’s the option of purchasing a combo where you can have two rolls of different flavors. A friendly staff and beautifully decorated atmosphere immediately welcomes the customer and remains consistent throughout his/her visit. And if you’re puzzled on what to try first, order the California Roll. You won’t be disappointed.

Plaza Azteca

4501 Haygood Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Mexican cuisine can easily be a kind of comfort food for anybody. We are familiar with the burrito, the quesadilla, and the taco without even questioning their description. You taste and smell the distinctive flavors and spices just at the mention of their names, and once you arrive at Plaza Azteca, those cravings are satisfied. Upon being seated at the table, the friendly wait staff serves warm tortilla chips with salsa, queso, and guacamole for your enjoyment. For those interested in sporting events, there are multiple T.V. screens that are easily viewable. Price, quality, and quantity of food are highly reasonable, meeting all of your Mexican food expectations.

Julia Selwyn is a contributor to the Daily Runner.

Julia Selwyn

Julia Selwyn

Julia Selwyn is a Department Head for the Daily Runner.