Although they're called taste buds, without proper attention, they can easily turn into viciously passive aggressive taste frenemies. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fresh, local fare at Boot, located in Norfolk.
Boot sources its fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms to ensure a sustainable dining experience that cultivates regional character while deepening its roots in the community. The restaurant's evolving menu is infused with French and Italian influences, but it maintains its true footing in homegrown Virginian vittles. This season's savory starters include a fresh arugula and field-greens salad with cherry balsamic vinaigrette and parmesan ($7), and an aromatic plateful of Eastern Shore clams steamed in tomato pepper broth with grilled bread ($11). For dinner ($17–$26), anchor mouth bones into Boot’s fresh, Atlantic–caught fish of the day, and landlubbing herbivores can get a meatless mouthful of local veggies served on the chef's vegetable sampler. For a comforting punch of protein, opt for the grilled rib-eye steak with sweet-potato fries and Boot's special sauce.
Twirl forks in fresh plates of pasta ($17–$22, less for half orders), such as the black fettuccine tossed with seared scallops and thyme citrus butter or the potato gnocchi, which rolls in a tomato ragu with an entourage of braised chicken, leeks, carrots, and parsnips. Catch up with bygone gym teachers over energizing cups of fresh-squeezed juice, or sate stringent sweet teeth with Boot’s housemade sodas and syrups.