With hundreds of cake flavors and designs, the options are nearly endless at Pinky Sweets Cupcakes and Confections. A rotating selection of cupcakes delights taste buds with flavors such as chocolate salted caramel, chocolate turtle, lemon coconut, and red velvet. Pinky's bakers also design specialty cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and they can arrange cupcakes on custom displays.
Pinky's birthday-party packages, which have themes ranging from spa party to tea party to tax-filing party, allow kids to take on the cupcake-decorating responsibilities while munching on snacks. They often feature a professional photographer.
Pollard's Chicken & Catering’s boasts that they have the best chicken in town, and in their case, it’s actually true. Many locations garnered gold-medal status in the Best of Hampton Roads 2012 poll, orchestrated by the Virginian-Pilot’s online affiliate HamptonRoads.com. Beyond morsels fresh from the fryer, the eatery’s titular dish comes in many other forms, from buffalo wings and kid-friendly tenders to barbecue pulled chicken sandwiches. An array of other meat adds diversity to the dine-in menu, including barbecue pork ribs and tender crab cakes.
Pollard's Chicken & Catering also lives up to the other half its name, with various outposts also taking top honors for catering in the HamptonRoads.com poll. Clients can piece together their own spreads by ordering bulk fried chicken and à la carte hors d’oeuvres, or choose one of nine party buffets, which, like a well-packed piñata, include meat and vegetables for 25 or more people.
The 100% vegan menu at Path stands as a tribute to the scrumptiousness of sustainable, locally sourced fare. Housed beyond a bright red door of a cottage, the ordering counter acts as a gateway to three-course meals, sandwiches, and vegan desserts. Local art and thank-you notes from carefree cows hang on the walls, and musicians perform for diners on weekend nights. Path's dedication to minimizing its carbon footprint also extends to its bike-delivery service, which is free for customers in downtown Norfolk and Ghent during lunch.
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.
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.
With its little tiki bar and plush, cushioned banquette that runs the length of one wall, the interior of Boon Thai Erawan is cozy and welcoming. Diners settle in here for made-from-scratch dishes, beginning with classic Thai-style spring rolls lined with basil and wrapped in translucent rice paper, and then later moving on to larger entrees of peppered steak in a secret Thai sauce or duck pineapple curry. Meals conclude with desserts such as fresh mango and sticky rice or homemade ice creams.