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After a long day in the sun, the relaxing coolness of a familiar bar can restore the vim and vigor lost to those nasty UV rays. That's where PBR Hampton Roads comes in. Within the cozy dimness of its wood-lined interior, the bar quenches thirsts with a robust selection of draft beer and craft brews, many of which stand on display within the bar's sleek geometrical shelves. The kitchen reinforces the welcoming vibe, serving hearty plates of 1-pound burgers, big burritos, and pulled pork drenched in Jack Daniel?s barbecue sauce. Nights end on a sweet note, too; in addition to favorites including turtle brownies and apple dumplings, cooks also deep-fry peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches for dessert.

1976 Power Plant Pkwy
Hampton,
VA
US

To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.

Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.

From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.

3610 Von Schilling Dr
Hampton,
VA
US

In 1977, Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas had a vision to open a restaurant chain that combined fast service with made-from-scratch comfort fare. They labored to perfect Bojangles’ signature blend of seasonings to flavor its menu of fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, and homemade sides.

Though the eatery has ballooned to more than 500 locations, each one still uses Jack and Richard’s 35-year-old biscuit recipe. The flaky, buttery morsels germinate in a multi-phase process that involves 15 mixing steps, 18 rolling steps, and 2 years of intensive wilderness training.

1015 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton,
VA
US

Strap in for speed and follow the fast-tracked wisdom of NASCAR-licensed drivers at Stock Car Driving Experience. Ultimate Ride Package guests will take a seat beside a veteran stockcar speed demon and encircle the full track at Old Dominion Speedway for five heart-pounding laps, in addition to laps for warm up, cool down, and victory. Stock cars are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph, and because you'll be on a speedway track, your dashboard speedometer is sure to get plenty of exercise. If you opt for the Extreme Driving Experience, you'll fly through the same shotgun ride of the Ultimate Ride, and, to fulfill your insatiable throttling thirst, you'll take the driver's seat for a full 15 laps of automotive bliss. All instruction is done onsite, so guests don't have to worry about buying their own stock car or mail-order driver in advance.

11 Dale Lemonds Dr
Hampton,
VA
US

In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.

The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.

3400 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton,
VA
US

When it comes to whipping up classic Italian cuisine, the team at Baci Italiano doesn't take shortcuts. Take the spaghetti, for example, which comes with meatballs that are crafted in house. Or the lasagna, which chefs painstakingly prepare by layering pasta with the kitchen's signature meat sauce. They're similarly deliberate when they curate toppings?such as calamari, applewood-smoked bacon, and ricotta cheese?for their 12" personal pizzas, built upon a choice of traditional or whole wheat crust. They even add authentic touches to their veal medallions, crowning them with a layer of Di Parma prosciutto imported from Italy, and baby spinach leaves that were rocked to sleep with Italian lullabies.

5101 Kilgore Avenue
Hampton,
VA
US