When a pair of former Virginia Beach lifeguards came up with the idea to open the first Chicho's Restaurant in 1968, they had one goal in mind: use nothing but fresh ingredients to make the best pizza they could. Decades later, this simple philosophy has grown into a statewide franchise where every topping is freshness and every pizza is hand tossed. A flavorful layer of marinara, garlic and herb, or hot and spicy sauces cover traditional and thin-crust pies scattered with more than 20 toppings in specialty and build-your-own combinations. Boneless chicken bites and wings soak up 10 different sauce varieties, including Cho's fire, garlic parmesan, and teriyaki. After two-handing a 5-ounce burger or hearty sub, guests can improve hand-eye coordination or get rid of cursed quarters by playing the games in Chicho's arcade.
Backed by live music and sleek décor, the culinary savants at 45 Degrees Martini Lounge concoct more than 60 specialty martinis to complement their shareable cuisine and meaty sandwiches. Diners can feel free to mix and match inventive tapas plates and appetizers, including seasoned steak bites, garlic shrimp, and tilapia stuffed with more crabmeat than a sea captain's pillow. Or dig into standalone entrees such as bison burgers, and then head over to the stainless steel bar to sip flavorful beverages.
Rich blue walls and red curtains make up the dining room, which also serves as a stage where local jazz musicians perform and open mic nights where patrons sing odes to their favorite cut of meat.
Running off the infectious sonic fumes from his I Am Not a Human Being album and upcoming full-length Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne lands his spaceship for a speaker-blowing stop on the extended leg of his summer tour. The Grammy winner touts an impressive curriculum vitae, punctuated by CEO status, unabashed genre crossing, and standout lyrics woven together with sagacious metaphors. Although Tunechi fans can anticipate a high-octane performance rife with hit singles as well as mixtape favorites, the tour's white-hot opening acts acclimate concertgoers with equal parts R & B silk, rap grit, and synth-powered spunk. Frequent Lil Wayne collaborator and Miami boss Rick Ross partners with breakout diva Keri Hilson, club-bangers Far East Movement, and velvet-voiced Lloyd for a hard-hitting evening that rivals at-home puppet shows outfitted with homemade pyrotechnics.
In 2010, local restaurateurs Dean and Sue Gonsior opened FIREBREW Wine Bar & Bistro, an eatery named after their passion for the taste an open flame imparts upon bistro fare and the frothiness of a handcrafted witch’s brew. The menu brims with sizzling pizzas, hot sandwiches, and other entrees that emerge fresh from a Fire Deck oven visible from the dining room. To complement the flame-kissed grub, a bar equipped with flat-screen televisions stocks a multitude of draft and bottled beers from breweries that include Sam Adams, Yuengling, and New Belgium, and self-service wine and beer stations allow patrons to sample 24 wines and a selection of craft beers. While dining, guests can prepare for personal battles by enjoying the views or staring into the flickering flames of the encased fires that line the outdoor patio.
Lendy’s chefs' salute walls lined with patriotic military paraphernalia when preparing the American menu headlined by tender buffalo wings doused in an escalating array of spicy sauces. Served by the dozen, Lendy’s signature wings can inflame taste buds in a quintet of fiery sheathes, from Hot and Killer to Atomic and Below Hell, which laces habaneros and diced photos of George Clooney into its bubbling lochs. Spice-averse palates may also opt for barbecue, garlic-parmesan, and teriyaki sauces, which complement pots of a rich, homemade ranch dipping sauce. Lendy’s menu also boasts an ample selection of handheld eats, including a homemade crab-cake sandwich ($8.49), as well as hand-breaded flounder fried golden brown and flanked by five crispy shrimp ($14.99). Served raw or steamed, clams and oysters ($4.99/half dozen; $6.99/dozen) glide into the open arms of taste buds with the grace of a butter-slathered figure skater. Twelve 42-inch’ LCD TVs shimmer in the background, and, though not included with today’s Groupon, a full bar wets whistles with an ample array of frothy suds.
Theater of the Stars, an Atlanta–based regional theater company, has entertained audiences around the globe with more than 700 family-friendly productions. This season, the players travel to the Sandler Center to present the Tony–winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, which explores a Jewish peasant's efforts to preserve old-world traditions as his daughters adopt modern ways of life and massive quantities of kittens. Groupon buyers enjoy seats within 100 feet of the stage, tearing up as the cast sings "Do You Love Me?" and the theater's top-notch acoustics render each sound exquisitely clear. A complimentary Fiddler on the Roof poster helps visitors to ponder their own cultural conundrums, such as whether to say "bless you" or "stop that" to sneezing strangers.