Head to Stove for hearty eats from Cowboy Syd (he hates that chef word) whose specialty is house-cured meat he calls Smoochie Bear ham. It should remind you of tasso ham but with added spices and brown sugar. Find it in the “pork o rama” plate which also features house-made sausage, black pig pork belly, and city-aged ham on top of rutabaga and oyster mushrooms with D-Lish sauce. “It’s the Maker’s Mark of sauce,” he says, because it goes with everything. The quirky restaurant has two personalities -- a bar area that looks like the set of American Stuffers and a softly lit, relaxed dining room. Wherever you saddle up, try the spicy etouffee or shrimp and grits. You’re drinking bourbon, no buts about it. Stove serves dinner Tues-Sat, brunch once a month, and offers cooking classes.
Eat on Atlantic Avenue is slinging the best food in Virginia beach, proving an ocean address doesn’t mandate mediocrity or worse yet, salt water taffy. It's not afraid to tap into luxuries like A5 Wagyu beef and Portuguese octopus while at the same time offering a standout burger so good you could eat it off the floor. In fact, that’s why the Wagyu patty topped with truffle mayo and fancy cheese is called The Hasselhoff. You saw that viral video, don’t lie. Bar man Chad Cruea is the antithesis of lazy -- he makes his own EVERYTHING including Death Star ice cubes and has even figured out to make a vodka tonic with no tonic thanks to a SodaStream apparatus. That’s right kids, carbonated vodka.
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