Farm-to-Table Eats in Virginia Beach
The farm-to-table food movement is focused on meals expertly crafted with locally sourced ingredients that are not only delicious and nutritious but sustainable for the environment and future generations. Fortunately for hungry families vacationing in Virginia Beach, there are plenty of dining destinations where you can dig into plates featuring everything from crisp summer corn and plump, juicy strawberries from nearby Pungo to fresh fish and crabs caught in the waters of our Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Commune restaurant has become a favorite with locals and visitors alike for its gloriously colorful, bursting-with-seasonal-flavor food and sustainable sensibility. Featuring just-picked veggies from its very own New Earth Farm and a 2,000-square-foot garden literally outside the restaurant’s back door, Commune’s breakfast and lunch menu changes with the seasons and diners rave about everything from their Ham and Jam Biscuit and Pancake Stack to Big Backyard Salad and Heirloom Grit Bowl. At nearby Prosperity Kitchen & Bakery, the same owners offer up fresh-baked breads, pastries, pizza and more.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, there is probably a farm-to-table option right around the corner. Check out fan-favorite sandwich spot TASTE, where ingredients for their ever-popular signature Dagwoods like the Northender and the Boardwalk come from family farms. Pair a local craft beer with a Bacon Cheeseburger or a Fried Green Tomato BLT at 1608 Crafthouse, which prides itself on its farm-to-table concept. Snack to your heart’s content on spring rolls with local pork at Aloha Snacks, whose chef recently won Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network. And Harvest’s healthy “farm-to-beach fast casual” breakfast, salads and sandwiches will soon be available al fresco with a new rooftop lounge scheduled to open at its 18th and Atlantic Avenue location this spring.