o Trista: This is my husband’s and my absolute favorite restaurant here. You cannot go wrong with this place! Southern comfort food made seriously classy. You have to try their brunch. Another suggestion: their Fried Green Tomato stack and their desserts (bread pudding and Pour Amour. YUM!). Also, good wine list.
o Trista: Please do not write this place off by their random exterior. Inside is classy, trendy and has that modern, bistro feel to it. Great wines by the glass, and good seasonal menu choices based off what’s locally available. Has become one of my default go-to restaurants. Also, check their website; they have lots of deals, ½ priced wine nights, ½ priced entrees, etc.
- Ynot Pizza, Virginia Beach Multiple locations around town
o Trista: Good, old-fashioned, New York style pizza! I love their specialty pizzas. Seriously, so good.
- Citrus, Virginia Beach
o Trista: The “it” breakfast/brunch joint in Va Beach. Some awesome Bellinis, Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Love their flavored pancakes, their sweet potato biscuits and their unique and different take on Eggs Benedict. Also, they use local ingredients!
- D’Egg, Norfolk
o Trista: Classic, urban breakfast/lunch diner. Good sandwiches and good sides!
- Press 626, Norfolk
o Trista: I LOVE THIS PLACE. So cool and trendy. Awesome wine, awesome food, awesome atmosphere. Not a single bad thing on the menu! Their grilled cheese will change your world. No joke. Their brunch is seriously good too.
- Tortilla West, Norfolk
o Trista: Fun, off-beat restaurant. Food is some of the best Mexican I’ve had in Hampton Roads. And they have a Margarita bar…do I need to say more?
- Orapax, Norfolk
o Trista: Great Greek restaurant. Good family atmosphere. Inexpensive and delicious. Friday and Saturday nights are $1 wine nights!
- Cogan’s, Norfolk
o Trista: Really good sandwiches, really good pizza and really good beer! Fun, laid-back atmosphere to hang out either during the day or night.
- HK on the Bay, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Great “locals hangout”! Good food and fun atmosphere.
- Catch 31, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Classy, upscale restaurant on the Oceanfront. Good for a date night. Some of the best seafood I’ve had in Virginia Beach.
- Gasthaus, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Fun hole-in-the-wall restaurant with real, authentic German food and beer.
- Pasha Mezze, Norfolk
o Trista: Trendy fun restaurant with delicious Middle Eastern theme. Food is very good, and atmosphere is very cool.
- Saffron, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Absolute best Indian food in Hampton Roads. Colorful, flavorful delicious dishes. If you’ve never tried Indian food or this restaurant, you are missing out. But make sure you go with someone who knows what to order otherwise you might feel lost.
- Baker’s Crust, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Similar to but slightly more upscale than Panera. Great specialty coffee drinks, crepes, and pizzas. Lots of bang for your buck and the food is so flavorful! Great for lunch or dinner.
- Pho 79, Virginia Beach
o Trista: I absolutely love this little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant! The Pho is amazing and it’s so cheap!
- Otani, Virginia Beach
o Trista: The sushi is great, and the hibachi is awesome! They put on a good show and the food is cooked to perfection. Good date or family night, lots of fun.
- Croc’s Bistro, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Great wine list, with a fun and interesting menu. Food is great and they clearly take pride in their locally sourced ingredients.
- No Frill Bar and Grill, Norfolk/Virginia Beach
o Trista: The outside looks like one of those greasy dives, but this inside is very trendy. Good inexpensive drink options, and great salads and sandwiches.
- Taste, Virginia Beach
o Trista: Local grocery store meets sandwich shop. Sandwiches are out of this world good. A little bit expensive for sandwiches but totally worth it!
- Metamorphosis Salon and Spa, Virginia Beach
o Trista: I’ve got some seriously curly hair, so I’m always a little tentative to try new salons. Metamorphosis consistently gives me the best hair cuts and highlights I’ve ever had. It’s sort of tucked back from
- Reed Manning Salon, Virginia Beach
- Great Neck Recreation Center, Virginia Beach
- Studio Bamboo Yoga, Virginia Beach
Places of Worship:
- Symphonic, Norfolk
- Wave Church, Virginia Beach
- The Birch, Norfolk
- Waterman’s, Virginia Beach
- Chick’s Oyster Bar, Virginia Beach
- Bad Ass Coffee, Virginia Beach
- Fair Grounds, Norfolk
- The Banque, Norfolk
- First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach
- The Oceanfront, Virginia Beach
- Chesapeake Beach, Virginia Beach
- Sandbridge Beach, Virginia Beach
- Crystler Museum, Norfolk
- MaCarther Center, Norfolk
- Norfolk International Airport, Norfolk
- Texture, Norfolk
- Leaping Lizards, Virginia Beach
- Five Points Community Farm Market, Norfolk
- Trader Joes, Virginia Beach
- The Fresh Market, Virginia Beach
- Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market, Virginia Beach
- Farm Fresh, Virginia Beach