Summer Dining Near Virginia Beach

1. Island Creamery 6243 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague, VA (757)-336-623610321488_748961795156437_1488874594926057890_o

Head to Chincoteague Island in Virginia to enjoy the highest quality of hand-made frozen desserts. Island Creamery has been preparing fresh-baked waffle cones to accompany their creamy, rich aromas of over 34 frozen flavors since 1975. You can choose to treat yourself or a friend to ice cream, sherbet, sorbet or both non-fat and low-fat frozen yogurt. In the mood to relax? You can take your delicious frozen treat or even a cool, frozen cappuccino to enjoy on their outdoor deck. Island Creamery is open from 11a.m. until 10p.m. during the summer, offering some of the freshest ice cream in the state.

 

2. Breakfast at Citrus 2265 West Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA (757)-227-3333

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As seen on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Citrus definitely ranks top-of-the-list for grabbing the most important meal of the day. Citrus offers a selection of fresh fruit, buttermilk pancakes, any-style eggs and more, complemented by a sparkling, summertime mimosa bar for their visiting guests. A special feature of Citrus’ menu are their special breakfast dishes that change weekly. Even those watching their figure can enjoy a “healthy choices” menu offering calorie-conscious food choices. You can also order select Citrus’ menu items to-go (by the pound), a perfect option for a family picnic or a double-date during an afternoon at the beach. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch so you’ll only get to cool off with Citrus during the summertime mid-day.

 

3. Whitner’s Real Pit Barbeque 869 Lynnhaven Pkwy Virginia Beach, VA‎  23452 (757) 689-8215

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No summer is complete without indulging in BBQ’d food and Whitner’s has VA beach-goers covered with smoky favorites. In the mood for smoked turkey, chicken, ribs, pork or brisket? Whitner’s offers all four options and a few other meats along with a variety of country-side dishes to make the meal complete. Restaurant guests can chow down on a meat dish, two side dishes and a slice of cornbread for less than $10, what a deal! Whitner’s was also a restaurant featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” as a tourist and neighborhood favorite. This restaurant is only open after 8p.m. Thursday through Saturday so an earlier dinner is ideal to enjoy.

 

4. Tautog’s Restaurant 205 23rd Street Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 422-0081

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Everyone knows that summer is the best season to indulge in succulent seafood on the shore. Tautog’s on Virginia Beach offers a full menu of seafood salads, soups sandwiches and entrees, each no more than $20. Guests can also choose from a full-selection of wines and beers, both imported and domestic. Tautog’s prides themselves on delivering top-notch customer service and a fine-dining experience so eating in-restaurant is sure to leave customers satisfied. They’re only open for the evening but they welcome night-owl guests each day of the week. Additionally, on Thursday nights they feature live music performances (schedule can be found on doctaylors.com). Depending on the week you choose to dine-in, you’ll be available to order seasonal specials off of a “Weekly Selections” menu with exclusive seafood selections.

 

5. Baja Cantina 206 23rd St Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 437-2920

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.55.39 AMGrab some authentic Mexican food on the Virginia Beach shore at Baja Cantina. High-quality meets prices you can’t beat with $1 beers and tacos on Monday nights and every Baja Cantina menu item under $10 all week long. They open for lunch at 11a.m. and continue serving up delicious fish tacos and well-mixed margaritas until 2a.m. seven days a week. You can indulge your inexpensive Mexican comida in their outdoor seating or inside at their full bar. Baja Cantina is the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed evening with good friends.

 

Guide to Ohio rib festivals — Memorial Day through June

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of grilling season. BringMeThat — an online food delivery service that launched in Ohio (our CEO hails from Strongsville) — has prepared a guide to help you find the tastiest and the closest cook-offs. Enjoy!

Marc’s Rib Cook-Off | Cleveland, OH | May 24-27

This four-day rib festival represents something like the launch of the summer grilling season. Billed as “Northeast Ohio’s biggest and most popular backyard BBQ,” it will center around an amateur grilling competition to determine who can cook up the best ribs and the best sauce. Featuring musical performances by Rick Springfield, Buddy Guy and Bret Michaels. Admission $5.

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off | Berea, OH | May 24-27

Come out on Memorial Day weekend to join in the 15th annual Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off. Held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, the festival includes an 80s night, a country music night, a bike night and a Miss Berea competition. There are activities for all ages (and kids get in free).

From Berea’s FAQ:
Q: What kind of food is available?
A: Ribs, ribs, and more ribs, which you can wash down with a slab of ribs. For those who desire something other than ribs, we have a wide range of alternative fare available, from hot dogs to funnel cakes, french fries, strawberry crepes, pierogies, cotton candy and other traditional festival fare.

Meigs County Gold Wings & Ribs Fest | Pomeroy, OH | June 7-8

Come celebrate motorcycles and ribs at this two-day festival in Pomeroy — located in southeast Ohio. There will be contests for Ohio’s Best Ribs and Ohio’s Best Wings. It’s not just about ribs, though. There will be motorcycle shows and Art in the Park, and for those who’d prefer not to eat ribs, the festival menu also includes roast beef and Italian sausage.

Photo by Terence via Wikimedia

Photo by Terence via Wikimedia

Bedford Rotary Rib Fest | Bedford, OH | May 31 – June 2

There will be plenty of delicious ribs being cooked at the Bedford Rotary Rib Fest and there will be live entertainment, but the centerpiece of this event is the Vintage Bike Show held on June 1. It’s one of only three such shows in the Midwest. Come to see the best vintage bikes in more than nine different categories.

* It’s not specifically about ribs, but we also recommend checking out the Taste of Cincinnati festival, happening May 25-27 (Memorial Day weekend).