Destination: Downtown!  pt.1 Restaurants

When you’re coming into the city, you’ll find that theres this warm feeling resonating in your chest.  Regardless of the season, you can’t help but catch a chill when you’re coming across a bridge or hitting your exit ramp off the highway and you see the glow of the lights.  Immediately filled with that sense of wonder, “where should we grab dinner, is there any good street art? hows the shopping, whats it like to live here?”

Welcome to our city: Norfolk.  Bursting at the seams with culture, nightlife, fine dining, while also rich in history, Norfolk accommodates all travelers, artists, connoisseurs, and families of all shapes and sizes!

Here in our series Destination: Downtown!  well be giving you a quick run down of some must sees and experience you need to have in norfolk, broken down into their various categories!

In this part 1 we’ll be covering restaurants, some new, some old…. Some are green, some are cheesy! Lets get right to it, here we go!!!

 

  1. Doumars!

Well kick it off with something old!

Doumar’s is one of the oldest family-owned and -run establishments in Norfolk, with a history of more than a century. Doumar’s claim to fame is their apparent invention of the waffle icecream cone back in 1904, when restaurant founder Abe Doumar created this dessert dish for the St. Louis World’s Fair of that year. This drive-in eatery is a haven of sweet treats, from homemade icecream, to gluttonous sundaes, to must-try limeade, all of which visitors can enjoy from the comfort of their car. The renowned ice-cream cones are still made on the original cone machine, which was designed and built by Abe himself. If diners don’t have a sweet tooth, Doumar’s also specialise in burgers, hot dogs, and good old-fashioned NC BBQ fare!

2. Voila!

Located on the corner of Botetourt and York Street, in the historic area of Norfolk, is the local gem Voila! A little hidden away, this restaurant certainly lives up to its name when discovered by diners. The venue features eclectic décor and soft lighting that create an ambient yet animated setting where impressionist artwork and opera posters decorate the walls. Voila’s menu, designed by restaurateurs and owners John and Maggie Tsouris, comprises fresh ingredients seasoned with home-grown herbs, and features a three-course prix-fixe, which includes the key French- and Greek- inspired dishes available at the restaurant. The sumptuous menu is also accompanied by a selection of hand-made cocktails.

3. Grain!

You can find Grain located on the roof of the Hilton Norfolk The Main. With one of the best selections of craft beer in Norfolk, this rooftop lounge brings the indoors out and the outdoors in with an open air patio and fire pit set against spectacular views of the Elizabeth River. Play a game of lawn chess in the patio’s backyard garden vibe or rack-up a game in the upscale billiards room, Grain is your destination to relax and unwind.  Grain’s chef Chris has successfully launched multiple businesses, curated award-winning menus, and developed a unique understanding of Coastal Virginia cuisine.

 4. Griled Cheese Bistro!

If you haven’t experienced this place, oh my gosh!  PUT IT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST!  The GCB is beautifully cozy eatery offering tasty comfort foods, house-made beverages, craft beer and wine.  The menu features a wide variety of grilled sandwiches and all of them include quality cheeses, freshly baked specialty breads and local produce consisting of farm-to-table seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our creations show our unique twist on everyone’s childhood favorite. You’ll also find some mouthwatering salads and desserts, of course all with one common ingredient… cheese!  You absolutely have to try the hangover or the violet, mouthwatering!

5. Gershwins!

Okay we HAD to include this place, the ambiance, the drinks, the food…. THE PIANO STAIRCASE ENTRY!  Gershwin’s is a 1930’s themed bistro, featuring live entertainment including classic American standards like Sinatra and Cole Porter.  The vibe is a 30’s era, Manhattan style and the servers wear tuxedos and offer unparalleled service.  You will enjoy superior cuisine… priced like a family bistro

 

That does it for this edition of Destination: Downtown!  We hope you’ll check out the restaurants listed and that Norfolk will steal a tiny piece of your heart!  Until next time, we hope you’ll stay tuned for part 2, which will cover the downtown bar scene!

 

beautifully cozy eatery offering tasty comfort foods, house-made beverages, craft beer and wine. Our menu features a wide variety of grilled sandwiches and all of them include quality cheeses, freshly baked specialty breads and local produce consisting of farm-to-table seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our creations show our unique twist on everyone’s childhood favorite. You’ll also find some mouthwatering salads and desserts, of course all with one common ingredient… cheese!

The Grilled Cheese Bistro is a beautifully cozy eatery offering tasty comfort foods, house-made beverages, craft beer and wine. Our menu features a wide variety of grilled sandwiches and all of them include quality cheeses, freshly baked specialty breads and local produce consisting of farm-to-table seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our creations show our unique twist on everyone’s childhood favorite. You’ll also find some mouthwatering salads and desserts, of course all with one common ingredient… cheese! Just walk in, take a seat and enjoy uncommonly good food, outstanding service and our welcoming atmosphere.

 

 

 

Destination: Downtown! pt.1 Restaurants

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