When Chris and I travel we love heading to restaurants that we really like for a second time. We enjoy getting to work our way through a menu that’s carefully crafted and in a way we get to know the chef without ever actually meeting him or her.
We were only in Virginia Beach for four days, but Tupelo Honey was one restaurant we made sure to go to twice. Our first experience at Tupelo Honey was for brunch following my graduation. As usual I had done my research on Yelp but was a little wary since I read this was a chain.
But this turned out to be one of our favorite places in Virginia Beach! For brunch they had a prix fixe menu which we opted for on our first visit. I think it was only $30 for two appetizers and two entrees along with unlimited coffee. And their coffee was so good! If you’ve read the blog long enough, you know that we’re picky about our coffee - but it did not disappoint. Along with our meal they also served us their house-made biscuits, honey, and blueberry jam.
For my appetizer I got the Avocado Crostini which was spicy and sweet drizzled in a red chile and honey. I’m definitely going to recreate this recipe at home. I love the combination of spicy and sweet. Chris got the Pear Salad with Boston Bibb lettuce and farmer cheese.
I went for a classic for brunch but it came with a southern twist: Gulf Coast Lump Crab Benedict. Chris got the Apple Cider Pork Belly Hash. Check out the menu here for more! I’m inspired to add more southern ingredients to our menu - especially grits. They’re everywhere in Virginia.
We decided to return two days later for dinner on our last night in Virginia Beach before heading west to Charlottesville. Dinner was delicious too! I had the short rib in a sweet pea cream (and I don’t even like peas) and Chris had the venison (I don’t think we ever see venison on a menu in New Jersey!)
We didn’t have that much time to explore Virginia Beach but really enjoyed our meals and experience at Tupelo Honey. Our time was mostly spent on graduation activities and visiting family, so if you have any recommendations for great food in Virginia Beach, I’d love to hear.
NOTE: You also might have noticed that I’ve added a new tab under Travel (check it out!) - you can now click on the location you want to read more about! For now I just have Florence and Virginia Beach, but I’ll be adding Charlottesville next and more of our travels throughout the year.