Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Deck Restaurant ~ Portsmouth, Va

Cuisine:  American, Seafood, Steaks

Restaurant Features:  Restaurant is located on the water, Bar, Indoor and Outdoor Dining, Parking at dock but a little walk to the restaurant down the dock.

Location:  Portsmouth, Va
Address:  10 Crawford Parkway at Tidewater Marina Dock B
Phone:  (757) 398-1221
Monday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Mon 5-10
Tues-Sat 11-4 & 5-10
Sun 10-2 & 2-10

Atmosphere:  The Deck is located in Portsmouth right across the water from Waterside in Norfolk.  It is literally sitting in the water at the end of the dock.  It is a beautiful view from the dining room.  The bar is in another part of the building so you don't see it from the dining room.  The tables all have table cloths and cloth napkins.  While you may bring children, it is most definitely a date night atmosphere.

Sunday Brunch:  Traditional breakfast, omelets, eggs benedict
Appetizers:  Little neck clams, oysters on the half shell, oyster rockefeller, calamari, spicy blackened tuna bites, spinach and artichoke dip, seafood dip, shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, oysters or scallops, crab cake, crab stuffed mushrooms and mussels
Soups:  Hatteras clam chowder and she crab soup
Salads:  Classic caesar salad, steak salad, mesclun greens, seafood salad, house salad
Entrees:  Pasta primavera, chicken parmasan, linguine with clam sauce, gorgonzola cheese sauce, beef tenderloin, new york strip, cowboy steak, pork osso bucco, crab cakes, crab meat in butter sauce, seafood combos, crab leg dinner, baked crab augratin, shrimp, scallops, oysters and fresh catch
Hamburgers:  Cheeseburger,  crab topped cheeseburger, bacon cheese burger, mushroom and swiss burger and a fried egg topped burger.

Desserts:  ?
Brunch:  $8.95 - $13.95
Appetizers ~ $8.95-$14.95
Soups ~ $4.95 - $5.95
Salads ~ $3.95 - $11.95
Entrees  ~ $17.95 - $44.95
Desserts ~ ?

What we ordered:  We both ordered a dozen oyster rockefeller.  My husband ordered a side of fries and I ordered a bowl of she crab soup.  We ordered hush puppies as an appetizer.  The hush puppies were in the top 5 best I have ever had.  The she crab soup was amazing.  The oyster rock was made with fresh spinach with very little swiss cheese and very little bacon.  To be honest I didn't like them and only ate 2.  My husband loved them and ate his 12 and the rest of mine.  The french fries were your standard french fries but were hot and crispy.

Service:  The service was excellent.  We were greeted by the hostess immediately after we walked in. We were seated in a lovely dining room with windows all around for a perfect view. We were seated for just a few seconds and the waitress took the drink orders and brought them quickly. She gave us time and space to make up our mind on our dinner and came back to get the orders.  She was very polite and very nice.  It was a lovely dining experience.

Overall Impression:  I will definitely go back but I will choose something else.  I am sure my husband will get the oyster rockefeller.  I wish it hadn't been raining so we could have taken our time walking down the deck.

Swell The Locals Break ~ Virginia Beach

Cuisine:  American, Seafood, Pizza and Sandwiches
Restaurant Features:  On site Parking, Bar, Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Location:  Virginia Beach
Address:  2181 Upton Drive, Suite 400
Phone:  (757) 689-3340
Tues - Fri:10:58 am-1:58 am
Sat:6:58 am-1:58 am
Sun:7:58 am-1:58 am

Atmosphere:  Swell is decorated in colors and the decor is most definitely a beach atmosphere.  They have a lot of surfboards and surfing pictures.  You can choose to sit in the main area which has a bar in it or an area off to the side where there is no bar.  You can also be seated outside which is like a covered deck area.  It is a really fun atmosphere.  This is not the kind of bar that a family can't eat in at least in the daytime.

Breakfast:  I am assuming the usual breakfast items, however since I went for lunch I really don't know.  I will update this when I do go for breakfast.

Appetizers:  Lumpia, wings, tuna bites, crabby bites, cheese fries, cheese sticks, hot spinach and artichoke dip, nachos, potato, skins, fried portabella mushrooms, calamari, pepperoni bread.

Soups:  Soup of the day.

Salads:  Local chop salad, caesar salad,mandarin chicken salad and greek salad.

Entrees:  Swell offers a huge selection of entrees such as shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, new york strip steak, fried flounder, chicken breast, grilled salmon, fresh catch and a combo platter.  They also offer a veggie pasta and a island pasta.

Hamburgers:  Cheeseburger,  crab topped cheeseburger, bacon cheese burger, mushroom and swiss burger and a fried egg topped burger.

Sandwiches:  Cheese steak, pork BBQ, tuna club, chicken breast, crab cake, asian chicken wrap, turkey burger, chicken caesar wrap, cuban panini and fish sandwich.

Pizza:  Cheese pizza, island style pizza, grilled chicken pizza, pork BBQ pizza, veggie pizza, or choose your own.
Desserts:  Smoothies, cheesecake roll, apple pie ala mode, bread pudding, chocolate lava cake, brownie sundae and kids sundae.

Breakfast:  Will update
Appetizers ~ $4.99 - $9.49
Soups ~ $4.99
Salads ~ $7.49 - $8.99
Burgers ~ $7.99 - $9.99
Sandwiches ~ $7.99 - $9.99
Pizza ~ $9.49 - $14.99
Entrees  ~ $10.99 - $18.99
Kids Meals:  $3.99
Desserts ~ $.99 - $5.99

What we ordered:  This was our first visit to Swell so my husband being the Cheeseburger lover he is ordered a Kahuna Cheeseburger and fries and I ordered the fried shrimp with a side salad and mac & cheese.  When I received my salad I thought, Wow, what a huge side salad. The salad was a wonderful start to the meal.  It tasted and looked fresh and came with tomatoes, green pepper, onion, cheese and croutons. Next came the meals and I noticed right away how much cheese was on the mac and cheese.  I like a lot of cheese on my mac and cheese and this fit the bill.  There were 8 large shrimp that were fresh and dipped in panko and fried.  They were delicious.  The cheeseburger my husband ordered was huge.  I would say 1/2 pound.  It was perfectly cooked and so were the fries.  Everything was hot and made to order.  It was a great meal. 

Service:  The service was good.  We were greeted by the hostess about a minute after we walked in. She asked us where we would like to sit and we chose to sit outside of  the bar area.  We were seated for just a few seconds and the waitress took the drink orders and brought them quickly. She gave us time and space to make up our mind on our lunch and came back to get the orders.  She was very polite and personable.  All in all it was a pleasant surprise.

Overall Impression:  I will definitely go back.  I can only say one bad thing about Swell and that is that they don't make their sweet tea fresh. I think it may be nestea. Other than that, it was a perfect dining experience.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Angie's ~ Chesapeake, Va

Cuisine:  American, Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features:  On Site Parking
Location:  Chesapeake, Va
Address:  335 South  Centerville Turnpike
Phone:  (757) 482-9614

Atmosphere:  Restaurant is a family Restaurant.  Most of the patrons are families or older couples.  This restaurant does not have a date night atmosphere.  It is clean and bright.

Appetizers:  None

Soups:  Changes Daily

Salads:  Tossed Salad, Greek Salad, Grilled Chicken Garden Salad, Southern Chicken Salad, Chef Salad

Entrees:  Angie's serves breakfast, lunch and dinner so they have the normal breakfast entrees including eggs prepared your way, omelets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches.  Lunch and dinner entree are hamburger steak, liver, grilled chicken breast, delmonico steak, new york strip steak, romanian steak, trout, catfish, crab cakes, shrimp, scallops, spaghetti, manicotti, stuffed shells, veal parmesan, chicken Parmesan.  They also have hamburger, chicken, spaghetti and shrimp kids meals.

Desserts:  Changes Daily

Appetizers ~ none
Breakfast ~ $1.69 - $12.99
Soups ~ $1.99 - $2.99
Sandwiches ~ $$4.99 - $6.99
Burgers ~ $$5.59 - $5.99
Entrees  ~ $6.99 - 17.29
Kids Meals ~ $4.29
Desserts ~ ?

What we ordered:  I ordered the lasagna special ($9.99) and my husband ordered the Medium (8 - 10 ounces)Delmonico Steak ($14.79).  The lasagna was served with a side salad.  The steak came with 2 sides. My husband decided on french fries and okra but he could have had a salad or a cup of soup.  They serve a basket of bread and crackers before the meal and the best part is they serve real butter with the bread.  The lasagna was perfectly made with plenty of sauce and cheese.  The salad was fresh and crisp and came with homemade ranch.  The steak was cooked perfectly to my husbands specification.  The fries are from fresh potatoes and not frozen and the okra was cooked just right.

Service:  The service is quick at Angie's.  We were immediately greeted at the door and seated.  Almost as soon as we were seated they took out drink order and returned immediately with our sweet tea and a pitcher of tea for later.  Our meals came out very quick and they were bubbly hot.

Overall Impression: We go to Angie's all the time. The service and the food are consistently great.  I have never received bad service or a bad meal at Angie's.  The portions are large enough that you will leave with a take out box.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pungo Grill ~ Virginia Beach, Va

Cuisine:  American, Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features:  On site Parking, Bar, Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Location:  Downtown Pungo in Virginia Beach, Va
Address:  1785 Princess Anne Road
Phone:  (757) 426-6655

Atmosphere:  Restaurant is an old house turned into a restaurant (circa 1919).  You can choose to sit on their large deck, a closed in porch or inside.  There really is no decor to speak of.  There were a couple pictures on the wall but didn't really have a theme.

Appetizers:  Quesadilla anyway you like them, Nachos, Chili Cheese Fries, Wings, Mini Crab Cakes, Crab Dip and more.

Soups:  She Crab Soup and Louisiana Style Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

Salads:  House Salad, Grilled Chicken Salad, Sirloin Steak Salad and Shrimp Salad.

Entrees:  Pungo Grill offers a large selection of Chicken, Pasta, Beef, Burgers and seafood.  They have offerings such as Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken Breast, Parmesan Chicken, New York Strip Steak, Cheeseburgers, Catfish, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Cakes, Steamed Shrimp. Fried Shrimp, Yellow Fin Tuna, Flounder, Seafood Platter and much more.

Desserts:  Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Bread Pudding, Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Shortcake.

Appetizers ~ $6.99 - $14.99 
Soups ~ $4.99-$5.99
Burgers ~ $7.99
Entrees  ~ $12.99 - $22.99
Desserts ~ $5.99

What we ordered:  This was our first visit to Pungo Grill so my husband being the Cheeseburger lover he is ordered a Pungo Burger and I couldn't make up my mind between the Crab Cakes and the Shrimp Cakes so the waitress let me get one of each.  We were treated to toasted buttered french bread pieces that were topped with a spicy bruschetta.   My husbands Cheeseburger was huge and came with French Fries.  The hamburger, he said, had some spices that he wasn't crazy about but was good overall.  The French Fries were a bit soggy.  I chose to have roasted red potatoes and coleslaw as my sides with my crab cake and shrimp cake.  The shrimp cake was absolutely delicious with the right amount of spice for me.  The crab cake was good but had a little attitude, meaning it was a bit spicy.  I definitely liked the shrimp cake better than the crab cake.  The roasted potatoes were perfect, however, I didn't care for the coleslaw.

Service:  The service was decent.  We were greeted by the one waitress on the deck as we arrived.  We were the first patrons of the evening.  We were followed by 2 other families and a group of about 8.  We did have empty glasses.  It was about a 30 minute wait for our food but it was prepared fresh just for us.

Overall Impression:  I would go back.  Although the atmosphere wasn't impressive the food was very good.