In downtown Norfolk, on a bustling part of Granby Street just steps from the Norfolk Scope Arena, Granby Theatre, and Flatiron Park, you'll find Scotty Quixx Lounge & Bistro, a one-stop entertainment destination that serves up world fusion food alongside a schedule of live music and DJs. The hot spot also keeps things classy, welcoming guests decked out in accordance with a “smart casual” dress code with cocktails crafted from top-shelf spirits. On the food side, an eclectic menu includes fish tacos, burritos, and quesadillas as well as rib eye steaks, chicken alfredo, and fish and chips.
The clever chefs and libation-bearers at Baxter's Sports Lounge ply diners with an expansive menu of small plates, gourmet entrees, and drinks for game-day sustenance. Beneath the more than 70 flat-screen televisions indoors or on the breezy outdoor patio, revelers tickle taste buds with more than 15 small plates ($6.50–$10), including truffled Azar's hummus ($6.50), served with warm pita bread and the occasionally sentient chickpea. Fill beleaguered bellies with more substantial fare from the list of enticing entrees, including the avocado, mango, and sweet-chili-aioli-stuffed ahi-tuna tacos ($11), or the parmesan-laced seafood mac 'n' cheese ($16). Asian barbecue sauce envelops pork shank ribs, and sweet-tooth-sating desserts, such as the passion-mango cheesecake ($6.50), infuse tongues with crisp fruit flavors and coat chins in passion-fruit crumble.
Neatly packaged in a converted Victorian house, Press626 offsets its shell of Dickensian charm with a cream filling of locally sourced noshables. A small yet diverse menu perks up even the most jaded palates with appetizers such as rosemary sun-dried tomato shrimp ($11.95) and baked chèvre goat cheese ($10.50) before insulating stomachs against stray cannonballs with duck confit in a tart-cherry-cabernet reduction ($19.95) or pumpkin risotto ($13.95 vegetarian, $17.95 shrimp). Those who prefer their meals bookended by bread will gravitate toward the monster steak sandwich, accented with caramelized onions, pepper-jack cheese, cilantro, and chipotle aioli on sourdough ($8.95). For dessert, relive childhood without the early bedtime and constant bogeyman ambushes when you order homemade jumbo cupcakes served with a glass of chilled milk ($5.99).
Whether they're delicately rolling rice around veggies and seafood or arranging a visually arresting plate, Soya Sushi Bar & Bistro's culinary experts approach every step of their sushi making with artistry. They fill rolls with ingredients such as quail eggs and fatty tuna and craft california roll variations such as the Lion King, a cali roll with caviar sauce, which never fails to send guests home with a hankering for Elton John's unique brand of adult-contemporary piano rock. Sushi aside, chefs douse Chilean sea bass in a sweet ginger onion ponzu reduction, whip up classic tempura udon, and pair stir-fried veggies with hibachi-style lobster, chicken, and scallops.
The flavors of three tropical nations meet in the kitchen of Lola's Caribbean Restaurant, where Chef Roberto Sierra prepares Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican classics. He marinates fresh seafood for his ceviche, mashes plantains to serve with shrimp, and flavors steaks with house-made chimichurri sauce. Land and sea come together in dishes such as the Zancocho, a medley of tender oxtail, flank steak, chicken, Dominican sausage, and shrimp that a Daily Press writer described as "a rich, flavorful stew." Though the menu brims with meaty dishes, Chef Sierra prepares vegetarian entrees by request. White tablecloths and a glowing chandelier create an ambience that feels relaxed, yet elegant—much like wearing a larger person's tuxedo.
Though flavorful Italian cuisine is at the core of Cogan's Pizza, taste buds aren’t the only sensory receptors that perk up when visiting the vibrant eatery. The interior provides a visual feast with huge chandeliers casting subtle twinkles across pressed-tin ceilings and walls covered with posters and music memorabilia. The music motif also engages ears and vocal cords with regular live performances and karaoke.
At the bar, more than 30 beers flow from a lineup of seasonally rotating taps, each carbonated with the perfect number of bubbles to wash down cheesy and meaty pies. For patrons who adhere to a more plant-based diet, the cooks can also top crusts with faux meats, soy cheese, or an evil aunt’s favorite orchid. Pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and subs stacked with roasted chicken, italian sausage, or roast beef round out the menu.