Spicy grilled fish tucked in crisp blue corn tortillas with salsa, Jack cheese, and sour cream make Five 01 City Grill's Screaming Fish Tacos one of their most requested items.
One Fish Two Fish
You'll feel like a local when you make your way down the gravel road to the pier that leads to One Fish Two Fish. They describe their food as a "contemporary market-inspired local fare--creative California flare." Chef Bobby Huber's fantastic seafood dishes--mahi mahi, flounder, crab cakes, salmon, bouillabaisse, and tuna--share space on the menu with roasted lamb, poached chicken, and filet mignon. Bobby's food lives up to the restaurant's promise--it's "upscale without the uppity!" I like the hint of spicy flavors in the Asian slaw as well as buckwheat noodles. The name Crispy Scallops, Soft "Sexy" Grits With Applewood Bacon and Tillamook Cheddar Gravy may confuse you at first, but after the first forkful, you'll understand completely. Crème brûlée is the grand finale to a wonderful meal; the warm candy crust gives way to a cool, creamy custard. Choose an outdoor waterfront table if possible. It's the perfect place to sip after-dinner coffee. 2109 West Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach; (757) 496-4350. Entrées: $16-$29.
Five 01 City Grill
The minute you walk in here, you're among friends. The managers make sure everyone is taken care of immediately. Spicy Sesame Hoisin Chicken Wings with caramelized plums and celery spears is a delicious twist on buffalo wings. They're spicy without being too hot and have a slightly sweet tang. I can't help licking my fingers for every drop of the sauce. Next, the Screaming Fish Tacos are calling my name. They look so pretty on the plate that I almost hate to destroy them. This is one of the best flavor combinations I've had in a long time. The only screaming you'll do is in celebration. While you can't go wrong with any of the seafood selections, my favorite is Crab "Norfolk" (sautéed jumbo lump crabmeat with shiitake mushrooms, fresh chives, lemon, and butter). Rib-eye steaks, pork chops, and char-grilled chicken are equally good. Finish with the Warm Chocolate Volcano Cake. 501 North Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach; (757) 425-7195. Entrées: $15-$23.
This article is from the August 2004 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.