Beer and a Bite: Going With the Grain
May15

Beer and a Bite: Going With the Grain

More than 70 tap handles stare back at me. What each pours is listed on a giant chalkboard behind the bar; another list of 16 bottled beers rotates on the TV to my right. Each option seems beautiful in its own way. I am but one among dozens pondering this and life’s other great mysteries at the Grain, a new beer haven inside The Main hotel on Granby Street with a fifth-floor view of downtown Norfolk and the Elizabeth River. It seems...

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Now open: Waterside District offers another option for craft beer drinkers
May11

Now open: Waterside District offers another option for craft beer drinkers

Norfolk added another great beer location to its lineup earlier this month with the opening of Waterside District, a highly anticipated, $40 million entertainment venue officials hope will continue to spur growth downtown. While dining options are plentiful at the new spot, craft beer lovers have an almost overwhelming selection from which to choose. With 248 total beer taps onsite, you can find local, regional, national, and...

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The Story Of Wharf Hill
Sep15

The Story Of Wharf Hill

By Victoria Bourne | Photography by Chrystal Culbert EXPERTS TOLD HIM NOT TO DO IT. The building was settling; there was rot and structural damage. The sidewalk was roped off because bricks were falling off the parapet and engi­neers felt the dilapidated early 20th century building had reached its struc­tural life-span. Lee Duncan bought the property anyway, and in May 2011 began work on what would become Wharf Hill Brewing Company....

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Esoteric
Jan14

Esoteric

By Irvin B. Harrell Photos by EJ Toudt Esoteric, the new restaurant just off Virginia Beach Boulevard, has a hipster vibe that seems out of place so close to the kitschy, loud atmosphere normally associated with the area. But that’s OK with owners Tim and Kristina Chastain, the heirs of a successful restaurant chain who decided to branch off and create something with a less mainstream appeal – hence the name. “We wanted a...

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Hashi: Bringing the Locavore to the Locals
Sep17

Hashi: Bringing the Locavore to the Locals

By Yajaida Pacheco Photos by Keith Lanpher Sixteen years in the restaurant business revealed to Ross Riddle a problem: fresh, locally produced food was almost exclusively the domain of high-end restaurants. This led the chef – a veteran of local favorites Pasta e Pani, Mizuno and Todd Jurich’s Bistro Riddle – to a new mission, one that allows him to take the good stuff directly to his customers. Riddle’s Hashi food truck has for more...

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Silver Hand Meadery
Sep17

Silver Hand Meadery

By Ben Swenson A Williamsburg couple plans to start producing mead, an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and water, just a short distance from where European honeybees first arrived in America. The Silver Hand Meadery is on track to begin sales in Williamsburg in November, according to owners Glenn and Sherri Lavender. The couple expects to produce about 15,000 bottles in the first year. Silver Hand also will have a tasting...

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