Authentic Southern Italian dishes join Italian-American comfort fare at this family-owned restaurant, serving Virginians since 1976. Co-owners Anthony and Patricia Giambanco, their sons, and possibly your sons prepare a menu of popular subs, pizzas ($10.95+ for a small, $12.95+ for a large) and other Italian-American staples such as the cheese-filled manicotti ($9.95) and comfy classic lasagna ($10.95), baked in-house. The Roma steak special sub ($8.75) piles chopped sirloin steak with a flavor-hat of green peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, onions, cheese, and sauce, all collected in a pair of bread pants. Roma’s specialty pizzas dress up the discs with options such as the Ricotta pizza ($13.50 small, $15.50 large). Traditional dishes from the Old World reach Virginia with the lightly breaded chicken parmigiana ($15.75), juicy 12-ounce Delmonico steak ($17.95), and the veal scallopini special ($19.50), bathing happily in red wine, mushrooms, and roasted red peppers.
Inside this elegant eatery, undulating mirror segments reflect glimpses of signature kebab and kahari plates precariously stacked along the waiter's arm. Below small ceiling lights arranged like a constellation, tables are festooned with traditional clay-oven tandoori and masala dishes—but this is a small part of Noorani's ample repertoire, which ranges from Indian and Pakistani fare to a completely separate menu of traditional Chinese dishes. The staff prepares fresh fish and chicken coated in zesty sichuan, ginger soy, and orange sauces over noodles or tender rice. Guests, meanwhile, can load plates with cuisine from the 15-item daily lunch buffet and question regulars about Noorani Kabab House's live entertainment. The merriment syllabus presents comedy nights, concerts, and some guy who used a single chopstick to eat a bowl of hot-and-sour soup.
Every day from 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Eko Lounge Patio's genial personnel furnish patrons with quality cigars, tasty hookah, and a satiating menu of sandwiches and snacks. Tossed salads, fried fare, and assembled platters complement the aromatic smoke of stogies from such name brands as Padron, Rocky Patel, and Romeo y Julieta, whose scent inspires customers to communicate entirely in sonnets. Both an outdoor patio and an indoor lounge area host leisurely digestion and inhalation sessions, whereas a dance floor invites visitors to shake their groove things to the thumping tunes spun by DJs three nights a week. Eko Lounge Patio's weekly events include a salsa-dancing night, preceded by free lessons, and Tuesday-night karaoke sessions.
As a 20-year veteran firefighter, Shawn Gregory saw his share of action and understood how draining a day on the job can be. So when Shawn and his wife decided to open Halligan Bar & Grill––named after a common tool used by firemen––they wanted to pay homage to the brave individuals in the fire service. “I built this place kinda to be a clubhouse for me and my firefighter friends to kick back after a long hard day on the job,” Shawn describes on his website.
Alongside firefighter-themed gear decorating the walls, including helmet-covered lights and uniforms pinned to the wall, the original eatery’s pride and joy is a 1973 Seagrave fire engine donated by the Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department. The engine, cut in half, sits behind the bar and portions out libations from its pump panel-turned-beer taps. Fully operational lights dance across the bar, and sirens blare every time someone says the word “refill.” At Halligan’s second location in Glen Allen, bar stools flank an entire fire truck in the massive dining room, and the roof holds tables reserved for VIP seating.
Biting into a Padow's ham, pizza slice, or sandwich means taking part in tradition. George Padow founded his grocery store in 1936. Fifty years later, when his sons Sidney and Eddie transformed their pop's shop into a specialty foods shop, the brothers couldn’t open their multiple locations fast enough to keep up with demand—people loved their ham, preserves, and gift baskets. Expertly aged and cured pork is the Padow specialty—as are jumbo Virginia peanuts—but as a deli, it's also well-known for its made-to-order sandwiches and pizzas. Whether stocking up with a Dinner Survival Kit sampler, making one's own bread with an artisan dough mix, or painting the walls of one's kitchen with a proprietary relish or spread, generations have relied on the Padow family for lip-smacking food of top quality.
The lively rhythms of twice-weekly dueling-piano shows serenade revelers at The Beach House Bar & Grille, where a pair of veteran local restaurateurs imbue classic American grill fare with tropical island influences. Caribbean staples such as jerk chicken, mango salsa, and fresh grilled fish accompany classic burgers and steak sandwiches as well as cocktails swirled at a fully stocked bar. Every Friday and Saturday, a pair of pianists duels by performing songs the audience requests and rolling their sheet music into battle-ready épées. Between songs, patrons can gaze at the TVs that line The Beach House's, peach-colored interior or foray to a 1,000-square-foot patio for al fresco merrymaking.