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.
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.
In addition to its namesake plate, Black Tuna serves seafood, pasta, salads, and American cuisine. Start with an order of eponymous blackened-tuna bites ($10), or hunt for the elusive spicy battered jumbo buffalo shrimp ($10). Local favorites, neighbored with a salad and choice of veggie side (garlic mash, steak fries, baked potato, or veggie special), offer up numerous opportunities to fill your internal torso purse. Try tuna either blackened and Cajun drizzled ($19) or pan seared with parmesan, basil, mushrooms, and lump crab meat ($20). Non–fin fans will appreciate the chicken penne pasta ($13) swimming in creamy alfredo or the rib eye peering out from behind a curtain of caramelized onions ($22).
In order to fully relish the Nana Sushi dining experience, one must first sit back and admire the artistic presentation of his or her roll, then quickly resolve to devour it. Behind the sushi bar, chefs add colorful swirls of sauces to plates of freshly rolled maki, such as the spicy mango lobster roll, which is wrapped in pink soy paper before being surrounded by a ring of liquid hearts. The menu includes more than 20 of these specialty rolls, each with an appearance as special as a fireworks show viewed from outer space. In the kitchen, chefs sear scallops, shrimp, and teriyaki-glazed salmon across a blazing grill as well as sauté chicken and pineapple with mounds of fried rice.
Mazzika Mediterranean Restaurant's culinary artisans marry the piquant flavors of Middle Eastern fare with the mild aroma of the shared hookah pipe. The lunch and dinner menu reveals an assortment of delectable appetizers such as the labneh bi toum, a thick yogurt cream topped with olive oil and garlic ($3.99), which is great for pairing with a pita or fueling a yogurt-powered car. For heat-seeking stomachs, the shish tawouk platter fences away hunger with skewers of grilled marinated chicken breast served alongside rice, garlic puree, tomatoes, pickles, and a choice of hummus or salad ($10.99 / lunch, $14.99 / dinner). Fruity concoctions including the Monarch juice—a blend of kiwi, orange, bananas, and strawberry juice ($6.99) that demands to be stirred with a miniature scepter—finish the meal on a refreshing note. Meanwhile, a large variety of shisha flavors on the hookah menu make inhalation a perfumed pleasure. Choose a Mazzika Speciality hookah ($8.99), or add fruits and herbs such as apple, lemon, and mint with an Elie's Premium hookah ($12.99), in which shisha burns through the fruit at the top of the pipe, adding a natural flavor and inspiring partakers to blow smoke in the shape of pineapple rings.
With their in-house smoker and closely guarded recipes for spice rubs, Belmont House of Smoke gradually coaxes out rich flavors and tender texture from brisket, ribs, and award-winning wings. Pit masters stand guard over smokers as slabs of meat and beer-can chickens soak up flavorful vapors from a bed of blazing hickory embers. Guests gather around tables in the two-story dining room to share meals and toast beers poured from one of two separate bars. After meals, friends can play a game of pool or take live tunes from artists throughout the week.