Try It Racing puts raceway rabble-rousers in the passenger or driver's seat of authentic stock cars while cruising along professional speedways. With the Ultimate Ride package, aspiring rubber-burners buckle up alongside a licensed driver to race around the track at full speed. At the short tracks of Orange County Speedway or Langley Speedway, passengers will circle the track for five full laps, plus warm-up and cool-down runs, for the full oval-inspired experience. Those choosing to motor around the 3/8-mile Old Dominion Speedway can follow in the tire marks of its past drivers, including Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Allison.
The food is always hot at Chuck's Famous Chicken & Seafood, where chefs fry up chicken, shrimp, and fillets of whiting and catfish. Southern-style sides complement each piece of crispy, golden meat, including collard greens, hush puppies, corn on the cob, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, and fried okra. The menu also includes sandwiches, livers and gizzards, and garden salad.
The chefs at Palm Tree Caribbean Restaurant bring the flavors of the islands to locals with traditional meat dishes and freshly caught East Coast seafood. Rich, spicy curries and jerk seasonings alight upon tender cuts of goat, chicken, and shrimp with accompaniments of yams, plantains, or rice and peas. The chefs cook up soul-food specials Thursday through Saturday, offering a Southern counterpoint to the oxtail and fish dishes that populate the menu throughout the week. Each item on the menu can be wrapped up in easily transportable carry-out snack boxes or chosen to cater events, allowing guests to enjoy the island fare anywhere.
From its four locations around Hampton Roads, Cinema Cafe combines old-fashioned American cuisine with first- and second-run films. The multisensory experience has garnered the movie houses a total of 11 gold medals in the Virginia-Pilot's Best of Hampton Roads 2012 awards. Thanks to a roaming wait staff, diners can place their orders mid-film and enjoy them right in the theater, a practice that discourages pizza scalpers from stalking customers in the lobby.
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.