Although Keith and Terry Wygant look to the Mediterranean for 905 Cafe & Grill’s culinary inspiration, they strive to use ingredients that are close to home. Locally sourced fish sizzles in the kitchen, homemade burger patties never see the inside of a freezer, and the house chili—which, the menu asserts, should have its own Facebook page—simmers under Keith's careful supervision. Blackboard specials such as popcorn-shrimp po’ boys, meanwhile, add unpredictability to the menu, shifting alongside the bar's catalog of seasonal beers and cocktails.
From breakfast hashbrowns to Cajun tartar sauce, many meal components are homemade, fueling the restaurant's neighborhood charm. This laid-back vibe becomes even more palpable on the outdoor patio, where music often accompanies bites, or on Sangria Saturdays, a popular alternative to other restaurants’ Tap-Water Tuesdays.
The aromas of freshly-cut raw seafood fill the 100-seat dining room at Daiwa Sushi. That, of course, is because the eatery's sushi chefs craft more than 30 traditional maki rolls and 22 sashimi selections. They don't just follow conventional recipes, however—they also express their creativity in 22 eclectic house rolls, many of which feature fish and veggies that have been seared, fried, or marinated in spices. As sushi chefs do their thing, the cooks in the kitchen emit their own melange of tempting scents as they prepare traditional Japanese dishes that range from udon noodles tossed with chicken and tempura shrimp to fish cakes and crab. The dining room hibachi grills, meanwhile, send up plumes of fragrant steam and smoke around simmering morsels of steak, shrimp, and scallops, allowing whoever steals the last piece to vanish unnoticed into the night. To help diners wash down their bites, Daiwa also serves domestic and imported Japanese beers, and curates a compact, yet diverse list of sakes.
Located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Tokyo Fresh Asian Bistro & Bar populates its lengthy menu with modern and traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisine. Amid modern decor that features an indoor fountain and a long, snaking bar, chefs dish out two-piece sushi orders such as smoked salmon, white tuna, and octopus. They also whip up specialties, including honey-walnut shrimp and the Seafood Festival in a Nest—lobster tail, scallops, and shrimp served in a nest of smashed potatoes.
Thanks to Katy's Take-Out, families can enjoy barbecue at home without the hassle of heating up the grill or the mess of cooking in the kitchen. Patrons can order online then sit on their doorsteps with napkins tied around their necks waiting for their meal to be delivered while chefs cook ribs and chicken on an industrial-sized grill. Katy's menu also includes beef brisket sandwiches plus classic southern side dishes such as fried okra, hush puppies, and baked mac and cheese.
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.
Lillian?s Seafood Restaurant unflinchingly commits to homestyle cooking and comfort food with a southern influence. Seafood gets an entire page of the menu and tempts diners with staples such as jumbo crab cakes, fried clam strips, and broiled lily pads. The rest of the selection is just as familiar, featuring everything from Carolina-style pulled pork to fried chicken and baby back ribs. Even with this variety of fare, Lillian?s Seafood Restaurant ensures that every entree echoes the eatery?s dedication to satisfying bellies with casual homestyle cooking.