Since 1999, Rajput Indian Cuisine has been delighting taste buds with authentic Indian cuisine that's garnered glowing reviews and accolades, including three 2013 Hampton Roads Magazine Readers' Choice Awards for Best Overall Restaurant, Best Indian Cuisine, and Best Buffet, as well as three 2013 Virginian-Pilot Readers' Choice Awards. Diners settle into crimson dining rooms with white-tablecloth-draped tables before savoring lamb or goat curries, tandoori chicken delicacies, and spiced seafood with foliage and framed artwork hanging overhead. The restaurant welcomes vegetarian and vegan diners with an extensive roster of meat-free fodder, and chefs keep the operation green by incorporating organic ingredients and high-fiving every tree limb they pass. Additionally, Rajput Indian Cuisine will soon be opening a third location in Suffolk's Harbour View West Shopping Center.
Lanterns dangle around the perimeter of Bent Fork Grill's outdoor patio as diners kick back in the dwindling daylight. Here, and inside the restaurant's brick abode, a menu of grill-fired American staples reads like a brochure of the country's culinary heritage. From the kitchen, the scent of grilled meats mingles with the tangy aroma of Carolina-style barbecue as platters prepare to pile on the hand-pulled morsels. Chili crafted from scratch adds dimension to Nathan's hot dogs, french fries, and nachos loaded with jalapeños and onions, and specialty burgers don zesty toppings such as wasabi mayo or blackened seasoning to keep their patties warmer than swaddling them in hand-knit burger cozies.
Upon foundations of Hereford beef, ground turkey, chicken breast, or black-bean vegan patties, the burger wizards at Pounders Burger Bar & Beverages construct their masterpieces. Old Bay seasoning and an egg sunny side up crown some of their specialties, though customers can also assemble dream burgers with toppings such as truffle crème fraiche and bourbon BBQ aioli.
Meatloaf and pulled pork are among beef substitutes on Pounders' sliders; general burger alternatives, meanwhile, include crab cakes and grilled-cheese sandwiches with a melted blend of gruyere, cheddar, and swiss. To complement feasts, Pounders' bartenders and soda jerks spike milk shakes with alcohol, mix martinis, craft root-beer floats, and pour beers into pints, rather than into 100 shot glasses.
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries was initially opened in 1981 by brothers Dave and Fran DiFerdinando, who admired the piping-hot and addictive french fries of the Ocean City boardwalk. Since then, they’ve expanded their menu of made-to-order hand-cut fries so patrons can pair potato products with never-frozen, always-fresh burgers. Patties can be customized with unlimited toppings and sauces that will pique your hunger tooth and activate dormant burger glands at the base of your skull so that your jaw unhinges a little. The menu also includes hot dogs, chicken tenders, and milkshakes.
Sunset Paradise dishes out Caribbean cuisine in a tropical dining room decorated with orange, green, and yellow walls, floors, and tablecloths. One wall is proudly painted with the flags?fashioned to look like they're rippling in the wind?of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the US. The kitchen references those two nations by serving American-style barbecue chicken and jerk chicken, as well as chicken noodle soup and the Sunset Paradise, a soup with beef tripe and dumplings. Other traditional Caribbean foods include curry goat, red snapper in gravy, and currant rolls.
A synthetic three emanates a hip, bluish-purple glow in the middle of Volcano Sushi & China Bistro's dining room, where guests can kick back in intimate booths or sidle up to a long, marble bar. There, peruse the pan-Asian menu while sipping Japanese beers or a glass of sake. During both lunch and dinner, the sushi chefs construct a huge selection of sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls—including more than 30 specialty rolls lined with white tuna, shrimp, and Bazooka Joe comics.