Owner Jessica Jones-Healey founded Tidewater Studios for the Arts Inc. in 2009 as a noncompetitive forum for kids to practice performing and visual arts. Winner of a 2011 Virginian-Pilot Reader's Choice Award for Best Dance Studio and Best Performing Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Western Branch, Churchland, and North Suffolk, the facility inspires children with engaging explorations into the joys of hand-made art, hand-played music, and hands-free dance.
Neatly packaged in a converted Victorian house, Press626 offsets its shell of Dickensian charm with a cream filling of locally sourced noshables. A small yet diverse menu perks up even the most jaded palates with appetizers such as rosemary sun-dried tomato shrimp ($11.95) and baked chèvre goat cheese ($10.50) before insulating stomachs against stray cannonballs with duck confit in a tart-cherry-cabernet reduction ($19.95) or pumpkin risotto ($13.95 vegetarian, $17.95 shrimp). Those who prefer their meals bookended by bread will gravitate toward the monster steak sandwich, accented with caramelized onions, pepper-jack cheese, cilantro, and chipotle aioli on sourdough ($8.95). For dessert, relive childhood without the early bedtime and constant bogeyman ambushes when you order homemade jumbo cupcakes served with a glass of chilled milk ($5.99).
In downtown Norfolk, on a bustling part of Granby Street just steps from the Norfolk Scope Arena, Granby Theatre, and Flatiron Park, you'll find Scotty Quixx Lounge & Bistro, a one-stop entertainment destination that serves up world fusion food alongside a schedule of live music and DJs. The hot spot also keeps things classy, welcoming guests decked out in accordance with a “smart casual” dress code with cocktails crafted from top-shelf spirits. On the food side, an eclectic menu includes fish tacos, burritos, and quesadillas as well as rib eye steaks, chicken alfredo, and fish and chips.
The clever chefs and libation-bearers at Baxter's Sports Lounge ply diners with an expansive menu of small plates, gourmet entrees, and drinks for game-day sustenance. Beneath the more than 70 flat-screen televisions indoors or on the breezy outdoor patio, revelers tickle taste buds with more than 15 small plates ($6.50–$10), including truffled Azar's hummus ($6.50), served with warm pita bread and the occasionally sentient chickpea. Fill beleaguered bellies with more substantial fare from the list of enticing entrees, including the avocado, mango, and sweet-chili-aioli-stuffed ahi-tuna tacos ($11), or the parmesan-laced seafood mac 'n' cheese ($16). Asian barbecue sauce envelops pork shank ribs, and sweet-tooth-sating desserts, such as the passion-mango cheesecake ($6.50), infuse tongues with crisp fruit flavors and coat chins in passion-fruit crumble.
The cooks at the newly reopened Colly Cantina fill their revamped menu with surf inspired Mexican food such as citrus marinated mojo pork burritos and fresh fish tacos. 16 rotating beers on tap, five wines on draft, and specialty sangria, mojitos, and margaritas wash down kogi short rib burritos with cabbage and sriracha sauce and conch n' shrimp fritters.
Though flavorful Italian cuisine is at the core of Cogan's Pizza, taste buds aren’t the only sensory receptors that perk up when visiting the vibrant eatery. The interior provides a visual feast with huge chandeliers casting subtle twinkles across pressed-tin ceilings and walls covered with posters and music memorabilia. The music motif also engages ears and vocal cords with regular live performances and karaoke.
At the bar, more than 30 beers flow from a lineup of seasonally rotating taps, each carbonated with the perfect number of bubbles to wash down cheesy and meaty pies. For patrons who adhere to a more plant-based diet, the cooks can also top crusts with faux meats, soy cheese, or an evil aunt’s favorite orchid. Pasta dishes, hot sandwiches, and subs stacked with roasted chicken, italian sausage, or roast beef round out the menu.