Disclaimer: Our meal at Tupelo Honey was complimentary (we did pay for the cocktails), but as always, all opinions are completely my own.
Tupelo Honey officially opened it’s 11th location in Virginia Beach on Monday. And I’m really, really excited about this. I’ve been to their Asheville location, and last year I celebrated my birthday at their Charlotte location. I’m a big fan of their creative spins on classic southern dishes, their inventive cocktails & diverse craft beer selection, and the eclectic decor.
They had a soft-opening week, and I went for dinner last Thursday night. I brought my blog-friend turned real-friend Susan, and my friends Sarah & Courtney along with me, and we all had a great time!
They were doing things a little bit different for their opening. Instead of letting people order off of their regular menu, they had four small menus they were randomly passing out… But, lucky for us, the menu they gave our table didn’t have any of their gluten free options, so their very accommodating staff (thanks Tony & Matt!) let us order from all four of their menus.
As a table of four, we were allowed to choose two appetizers, 4 (different) entrees, and two desserts, and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. But, since it was a girls night, we all ordered alcohol as well 😉
Sarah’s was the prettiest… (‘Carolina Peach’ Mai Tai | Bacardi ‘Superior’ white rum, triple sec and house-made tropical fruit juice punch)Courtney’s was the classiest… (‘Violet Beauregarde’ Champagne Cocktail | Silver Fox vodka, St. Germaine, blueberry puree, fresh mint, fresh lemon and sparkling wine)Mine was the most simple, but the most delicious (‘Tupelo-Ritaville Margarita’ | Margaritaville tequila, Tupelo Honey-liqueur, house-made fresh sweet & sour and a chili-salt rim).
For our appetizers, we chose the Appalachian Egg Rolls & the pimiento cheese. The pimiento cheese was more queso-like than I was expecting, but it was so good. The dip is typically served with tortilla chips, but to accommodate the gluten intolerant member of our group, they served it with gluten free bread. And, since there was a lot more cheese than bread, they even re-filled the bread bowl for us =)For my entree, I went with the scallops (surprise, surprise). It was served with risotto, and this dinner was absolutely perfect. The risotto was delicious and the scallops were amazing.
Sarah went with probably the most southern thing on the menu… fried chicken, goat cheese grits & mashed potatoes. I tried the grits and the mac and cheese, both were wonderful. Susan went with the pork chop. It was topped with figs, served on a bed of sweet potatoes, and served alongside asparagus. This dish was very sweet, but the pork was wonderful. Very tender, and moist, and the figs were a wonderful accompaniment. Courtney had their burger, which was good, but the mountain of fries she got… oh my. She commented that she rarely ever takes fries home, but she did ask for a to-go box for these. For our desserts, we had the most quintessentially southern desserts imaginable: banana pudding & pecan pie. Both were good, but the banana pudding was by far the favorite. Even Susan couldn’t help herself, despite knowing she was setting herself up for a night of… intestinal discomfort. It was an absolutely wonderful night, with good friends & amazing food. They’re now open in Town Center (right by West Elm & Anthropologie… woo boy…), and are open for lunch, dinner & brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a meal, or a cocktail. I promise you won’t regret it!
(And if you go, ask for Tony, the server we had. He was phenomenal!)