Labor Day weekend at home in Va. Beach, VA was excellent…as always. In addition to relaxing on the beach, I spent ample time biking to friend’s houses, brunch, dinner and out to hear music all weekend long. There is a rock-n-roll half marathon every Labor Day weekend and the beach gets crazy! Surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, and kite surfing seem to be the activities of choice for many on the beach and there is never a dull moment!
For food and drink…
Eat is a great spot that serves really good food in a casual place. There is an outdoor patio and Monday night they sell all bottled wine at 1/2 price. Chick’s is a seafood restaurant and Raw Bar located on the waterway so you can dock your boat…or enjoy the scene and sunset from the outdoor picnic tables while you pick crabs, peel shrimp and drink beer or enjoy the specialty cocktail, Orange Crush. Next door is a great seafood shop called Dockside Seafood Market and Marina. Fishermen bring in local catch every day and the quality is top notch.
Sandwiches from Taste Unlimited are a must…the turkey, swiss on french bread with house dressing is one I’ve been ordering as long as I can remember. The stores (there are a few) also have small produce stands and many interesting food items and prepared foods and wines. Breakfast and brunch at Doc Taylor’s is delicious and be prepared for a party…Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas cost $1.95! Coming from NYC that seems impossible. The restaurant is built in an old house and the atmosphere is very Va beach-y. Next door is Tautog’s which is also built in an old beach house. It’s the go-to spot for casual drinks and also serves pretty good food…especially the hot crab dip! One Fish Two Fish is a popular and tasty restaurant also located on the water, Coastal Grill has amazing fish always cooked just right, and really good Martinis. There is a new bar/lounge on the roof of the Hilton called Sky Bar that has a South Beach vibe, nightly DJ’s and lounge ‘beds’ that surround the outdoor bar. Downstairs the bar at Catch 31 is also a popular spot for drinks and music.