1. Island Creamery 6243 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague, VA (757)-336-6236
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
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
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
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
Grab 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.