Virginia Beach, Virginia – Fun and Food

by kitchenarian on June 30, 2011

I live at the center of the earth. Within a 2 hour driving radius from my home, I can be at the beach, in the mountains, at the horse races, at my state capital and even at the nation’s capital.  Last week, we chose the beach.

At least once during the summer we spend time at the beach with friends – 4 adults and 7 children ranging in ages from 9 to 20. We are always guaranteed to have lots of laughs, fun, and great food. Because my friend’s husband grew up at the beach and because she spent every childhood summer there with her family, there always seem to be people stopping by to visit.  It’s great.

One night last week, we had guests over and had a good old fashioned fish fry. This particular evening I did not cook, because our guests brought along a  friend who cooked his famous fish tacos. I did make a hot spinach appetizer to enjoy on the upper deck and Sous Chef baked chocolate chip oreo cookies, but that’s not really cooking. I wish I could give you the recipe for the fish, but I think it is a closely guarded secret.  That night we feasted on fish tacos with homemade guacamole and cole slaw.

While at the beach, we always have an adult night out leaving all the kids at home with pizza. They love it and we love it too.  Dining out together is such a blast. We are firm believers in enjoying appetizers and sharing everything we order.

This time, we went to a restaurant in Virginia Beach called Fire and Vine.  The restaurant offers up-scale cuisine and specializes in wood fired pizzas and steaks.  Here is a look at just a few of the items we indulged in:

I just love the southern classic dish, fried green tomatoes, and I must say this appetizer did not disappoint – it was absolutely delicious. The tomatoes were fried perfectly, served with an herbed goat cheese mousse and drizzled with a balsamic syrup.

In fact, it was so good, we had to order a second one!

We knew that ordering a wood-fired pizza was a must, so we finally settled on the Greek Pizza. This pizza had all of my favorite toppings: kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, red onions, roma tomatoes, pepperoncinis, and smoked feta. Drizzled on top was olive oil, more of that delicious balsamic syrup and fresh herbs.


Dinner consisted of another small pizza (this time jerk chicken), ribs and skewered wasabi tuna. The presentation of the ribs was fabulous and, of course, we all tried them. I fell in love with the truffled macaroni and cheese served in the petite cast iron pot.

Dessert was molton chocolate cake with Kentucky bourbon flambé. Such a great dinner with amazing friends.

If you are ever in Virginia Beach, be sure you stop by the Fire and Vine restaurant.  Here is a link to this restaurant and a couple of other “must visit” food spots in the area:

Fire and Vine
Il Giardino
Taste Unlimited Sandwich Shop
Sugar Plum Bakery

Make sure when you visit Virginia Beach that you take a walk on the famous boardwalk and stop by to see King Neptune. Welcoming both locals and visitors, the 34-foot cast bronze Neptune statue stands on the boardwalk at the gateway to Neptune Park and the threshold of the sea.


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Roxana GreenGirl June 30, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Hello neighbor,
It’s always a pleasure to stumble upon a fellow Virginian. We haven’t been to Virginia Beach in years, maybe we poke there this summer.


Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs July 1, 2011 at 2:03 am

It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your vacation. I have never been to this part of the world, but maybe one day I will be lucky enough to.


Veronica Gantley July 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

I love this post. I am from Virginia Beach and still live here. I had no idea you used to live here. I love Muffin Monday by the way. I make a mean blueberry muffin and you always come up with new ways to enjoy the muffin. I also love love love your pictures. You are an inspiration.


yummychunklet July 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

I haven’t been to Virginia Beach since I was in college. Those dishes look fantastic and tasty!


Tiffany July 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

Oh my WORD, those fried green tomatoes look amazing! I’m glad you had a great trip!!!


Brooks at Cakewalker July 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi Kitchenarian, I can relate to your feeling of living in “the center of the earth” being far away from the ocean and all. A nice pictorial of your visit to Virginia Beach. Thank you for sharing and have a terrific July 4 holiday!


Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan July 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

So glad you had a wonderful time on vacation! You are lucky to be that close to a beach. I mean, in NYC we’re surrounded by water but it’s not the same. And the Hamptons aren’t fun. They’re just annoying most of the time.


Sandra's Easy Cooking July 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Looks like you had fantastic time.. pictures look amazing!


Kita July 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I must not be too far from you because I am 2 hours from all of that as well! It makes for great weekends or long nights!

My parents go to the Virginia Beach boardwalk every year during the holiday season just to see the light display. I’ll have to ask if they have ever stopped by to see Neptune!


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