Six: A Little Bar Bistro

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   by MICHELLE WASHINGTON photography by KEITH LANPHER Sometimes on Monday nights, sometimes a couple nights a week, a regular customer who drove to Norfolk from Hampton to eat at Crackers wooed the owner, Chris Glover. Why don’t you come over my way? Phoebus verged on up-and-coming status, he said. The reopening of The American Theatre in 2000 provided a jolt to the … [Read more...]

Prime Time

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by JANINE LATUS photography by TODD WRIGHT The NASCAR satay at Bardo Edibles & Elixirs is a corn dog, elegantly presented. The one-dollar chicken dinner is a hard-boiled egg. Even though the restaurant is known for delicacies like tuna carpaccio with shiitake dust, and massaman curry vegetable sauté, it also hosts quarterly Bizarre Foods dinners with items like … [Read more...]

Edwards Ham

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From the spark of an idea, the Edwards family has built a legacy of taste. by Janine Latus photography by Adam Ewing      SURRY – Sam Wallace Edwards III pulls open the doors and thick gray smoke smelling of hickory and ham rolls out like a fog. His father built this business, and his grandfather before him, and Sam has known since he was a boy how to stick an ice pick into … [Read more...]

Circa 1918

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  by Denise M. Watson photography by Adam Ewing Serendipity probably has been the ingredient most essential to Chad Martin’s success.  Well, the high-energy drive that took him from waiting tables to becoming one of the most lauded chefs in Eastern Virginia added something. A curiosity for learning certainly spiced up his repertoire during his dozen years … [Read more...]

Shore Dinner

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Hosting a dinner party is the perfect intersection of creativity and faith. You pull into existence a menu of that which is fresh, that which is pleasing to all the senses. And as you bring together flavors, so too you gather people, and know that fellowship will follow. On this gorgeous evening, 10 lovers of food communed at Mimosa Farm on the Eastern Shore, where they feasted … [Read more...]