Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of downtown Norfolk at The Painted Lady with today’s deal. Choose from three options:
- $10 for $20 worth of lunch or brunch fare
- $17 for afternoon tea for two (a $34 value)
- $25 for $50 worth of dinner fare
Reservations are recommended, especially for brunch or dinner.
The Painted Lady serves upscale lunches, dinners, brunches, and afternoon tea in the renovated interiors of two side-by-side Victorian mansions stuffed with historic furniture and numerous fireplaces. Afternoon tea for two is served amid this chic vintage atmosphere in a fashion equally pleasing to the Queen of England, Queen Latifah, and your childhood stuffed-animal collection. A pot of tea of the sipper's choosing attends the table, along with an assortment of tea scones, sandwiches, and mini desserts. For semi-midday to midday meals, The Painted Lady lends her name and artistry to her signature homemade chicken salad ($8.50), served with fresh fruit and a homemade muffin, or an Orleans omelette with andouille sausage, shrimp, onions, peppers, and swiss ($10). A Shenandoah wrap ($8.50) snuggles roasted turkey with Boursin cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, field greens, and tomatoes, alongside pasta salad, potato salad, or seasoned french fries. Fresh lump crab cake ($9.95) handily meets mouths on a portable brioche potato roll filled with lump crabmeat, smoked jalapeño aioli, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw.
When Virginia sounds its five-mile-wide dinner gong, The Painted Lady will get you started in genteel Southern style with a fried green tomato stack (a tower of tomatoes and goat cheese drizzled with roasted red pepper sauce, $8.99) and pan-seared U-10 scallops ($13.99) served over creamy risotto. To the scintillating tune of a live piano playing only the most urbane selections by Slayer, dine on a signature dish of blackened salmon Oscar filet ($24). Or try a chef's cut of steak, such as a 12-ounce New York Strip ($21), with an optional truffle-butter sauce or gorgonzola crust (both $4) and a selectable entourage of sides including smoked gouda mac or collards (both $5). A staple of downtown Norfolk, The Painted Lady adds a delicious elegance to the mundane everyday task of eating, similar to showering in a ballroom gown or using a yacht to fetch the mail.
The Virginian-Pilot awarded The Painted Lady the silver for Best Fine Dining and Best Kept Secret for 2008. The Virginian-Pilot also featured the restaurant, as did Hampton Roads Parents. Seventy-seven percent of Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant, and TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes:
- For the past decade or so, tea rooms have popped up around Hampton Roads, and found fans ready and waiting to partake of fine teas, scones, and clotted cream served on tables with doilies. The Painted Lady is a fabulous example of this genre, and well worth the trip... – Jerry Cronin, Virginian-Pilot
- The presentation was spectacular; the service friendly and attentive; the taste was sensational. It was just a very nice evening, and we look forward to returning soon. – GG, Urbanspoon