At first glance, Keagan's Irish Pub and Finn McCool's don't seem so different. Both are thoroughly Irish establishments, serving traditional dishes of shepherd's pie, bangers 'n' mash, and fish ’n’ chips in dining rooms adorned with dark woods and stonework accents. Both also feature regular karaoke nights and live-music acts that regale patrons with songs so catchy they're under investigation by the CDC. But Finn McCool's stands out from its sister restaurant in one important aspect—its seafood bar, replete with broiled oysters and clams, steamed shrimp and snow crab, and sautéed mussels that arrive to tables solo or in hefty combination platters.
Lush greenery and pigment-soaked flowers surround Pungo Grill's converted 1919 cottage where visitors can snuggle up on an outdoor deck and revel in southern hospitality. The kitchen's creations are equally comforting, with platters of Louisiana–styled etoufee, chicken-and-sausage gumbo, and pan-fried catfish sending savory wafts down the length of long banquet tables and into inspiration journals of high-end perfumers. In addition to its homestyle menu, Pungo fills glasses with a full bar's worth of frosty libations and miniature ice sculptures.
Located at the rear of Virginia Beach Resort Hotel, TradeWinds Restaurant faces the Chesapeake Bay. A covered patio, buffered only by tall grasses, abuts the waters, which wash over every aspect of TradeWinds, from the bayside ambiance to the menu's locally sourced oysters, salmon, and crab. Fresh seafood pairs with new york strip steak at dinner and with salads and sandwiches at lunch. During Sunday brunch, the bright dining room fills with the aromas of made-to-order omelets and seared yellowfin tuna slathered in a variety of spices and sauces.
Heritage Natural Market's selection of organic produce, supplements, and body-care products keeps body motors primed and well maintained with salubrious ingredients. Stock fridge crispers and cryogenic chambers with fresh fruits and vegetables, and load up home canteens with Zico premium coconut water ($4.29/liter), coffee, and tea. Bags of bulk rolled oats ($1.25/lb) and organic cinnamon powder ($.54/oz) make wonderful contributions to a well-balanced breakfast and a well-balanced horse trough. Heritage also boasts a vast selection of gluten-free and raw foods, as well as local, all-natural ground beef ($8.29/lb). Customers can boost depleted nutrient reserves with whole-food multivitamins ($26.99 for 60) and attempt to prevent, or lessen, the effects of aging with Nature’s Plus Resveratrol ($26), which may slow the spindly hand of Father Time. Skin regularly ravaged by sun rays or microscopic tycoons incessantly developing epidermal strip malls will find respite in the gentle healing powers of organic, raw food based body-care products, such as Badger certified-natural sunscreen ($15.99).
Cuisine Type: Ethiopian
Most popular offering: Vegan and gluten-free options available
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu contains our most traditional and favourite items. The vegetable dishes are totally vegan, since half of our population abstains from meat and dairy part of the year for religious reasons. We use authentic spices and cook everything from scratch. Traditional coffee ceremony is available. The coffee is roasted by us daily, Ethiopian-style.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
The chef is a renowned cook in our community. She is in charge of the food preparation for numerous Ethiopian gatherings.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
The cabbage is my favorite.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer catering with advance notice.