16 To Eat: Restaurants Just off I-64, Part One

by Virginia Blog | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 | Updated: Mar 18, 2016

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We’ve given you great dining options just off of I-95 from Springfield to Ashland, so we thought suggestions for great places to eat just off I-64 from Richmond to Norfolk would be a logical addition. These restaurants are less than six miles off of Interstate 64, and they’re four-star rated on Yelp. Try them out and let us know.

 

Stella’s – 4.5 stars – Mediterranean, Greek – $$ – 2.4 mi. Exit 79 in Richmond

“The staff was great and the food excellent.” Linda T.

“My favorite Greek in RVA.” Khadeeja S.

“First of all Yum! And second of all, Yum!” Alice G.

Honoring both the rustic and modern sides of Greek cuisine, Stella’s is where the freshest ingredients come together with Mediterranean flare. Stella’s is one of the many beloved dining locations of Richmond. Lunch and dinner menus are offered and even a Sunday brunch to start your week off right. Offering both small and larger portions this is the perfect blend of the old and new. And though you may be surrounded by a minimalist approach to the space, there is nothing lacking in the flavor.

Seared scallop, pistachio arugula pesto, cherry tabouli. #rva #rvadine #stellasrichmond

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Garnett’s Café – 4.5 stars – Sandwiches, American (New) – $ – 3.1 mi. Exit 76B in Richmond

“An incredibly cute spot!” Julie G.
“I love this place so so much.” Heather L.
“Mad good sandwich!!!” Kristine M.

Looking for a classic? The neighborhood sandwich shop is right around the corner in the heart of the Fan in Richmond. The locals rave about the cake, pie, and coffee. With a comfortable counter or small tables, Garnett’s is intimate and sweet in both taste and atmosphere. Ask about the perfect picnic while you’re there. Take a basket full of delicious things for a walk to the park or river nearby. Awarded an Elby as the city’s Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant in 2014, Garnett’s is the perfect mix of homemade and new flavor you’ll fall for.

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Lunch and Supper – 4.5 stars – American (New), Southern – $$ – 1.7 mi. Exit 78 in Richmond

“HIGHLY recommend all of this food”. Keara G.
“So so good…Lunch and supper is the perfect place for any foodie!!”

In Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood, honest food is found at the best price. Lunch and Supper offers daily specials made with some of the freshest local ingredients. This location is loved by the community and its beautiful dishes will have you telling all your friends. And don’t worry about what meal you come for, it’s all great. Just ask, and they’ll tell you, “it doesn’t matter when you get here, it’s always the best meal of the day.”

Hanover tomato pie in the house! #RVAdine #eatRVA

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While you’re in Richmond be sure to stop by some of the many museums and galleries in the city. Bring the family to the Children’s Museum of Richmond or the Science Museum of Virginia where they can have a hands on experience as they learn. Or visit Maymont Park or Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, great places for a picnic and a chance to relax in some of the beauty that Richmond has to offer.

 

 

Le Yaca French Restaurant – 4.5 stars – French – $$$ – 5.8 mi. Exit 234 in Williamsburg

“Entirely out of this world.” Hasan A.

“Wonderful from start to finish.” Elizabeth T.

Found in Historic Williamsburg, Le Yaca French Restaurant is the finest for locals and tourists. Ranked in the Top 100 of the nation for Diner’s Choice Award, and as the Hampton Roads Number 1 Platinum Plate Award Winner, these numbers and spoonfuls are too great to miss. The restaurant offers vegetarian options and guests find a simple cuisine concentrated on high quality ingredients. Topped off with French and American wines, Le Yaca is one of the tastiest places around.

 

Antonio’s Ristorante Italiano –Italian – $$ – 4.5 stars – 2.8 mi. Exit 238 in Williamsburg

“Wonderful from start to finish.” Elizabeth T.

“I would come back over and over.” Heitham B.

“The service was outstanding and the atmosphere relaxing and comfortable.” Pam N.

When you find yourself in Williamsburg with the whole family it may be daunting to find family friendly dinning that the kids and parents will love. Look no further. Fresh, hot pizzas and authentic Italian dishes are mouthwatering and undeniable. With unbeatable seafood selections, Antonio’s Ristorante Italiano was voted the local favorite #1 Italian restaurant by the Virginia Pilot, the Daily Press, and the Virginia Gazette. Lunch and dinner are offered.

Antonio's Ristorante Italiano

Antonio’s Ristorante Italiano

While Williamsburg is known for its food, be sure to schedule in some more exciting experiences while you’re in town. History comes to life at Colonial Williamsburg where the whole family can see what it was like to live in Virginia during the colonial times. Need more excitement? Williamsburg has it with its theme parks including Busch Gardens and Water Country USA which are known for their massive roller coasters and an experience like no other.

 

 

Pho 79 – 4 stars – Specialty Food, Vietnamese – $ – 4 mi. Exit 250B in Newport News

“The staff is friendly and the pho is consistently delicious.” Christina W.

“Can’t go wrong here.” Matt N.

“Love this place.” Pei-Ju H.

Ready for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, thes Vietnamese rice dishes are all served with your choice of meat and rice noodles. Pho 79 is a hidden gem, tucked away in Newport News and known for its distinctive and different southern Vietnamese style food experience.

Hu tieu do bien. Wonderful on a cloudy, drizzly day. #pho79

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Viking Burger – 4.5 stars – American (Traditional), Burgers – $ – 2.5 mi. Exit 255B in Newport News

“It’s an experience. Come for the food, stay for the show!” Alicia P.
“Fantastic luncheon!” Marlene M.

Love burgers? Is it your destiny to find the best burger around? We found it for you. Viking Burger invites one and all to come experience any of the many astoundingly tasty burgers. Greeted with a smile, here you’ll find a fun and casual environment and a journey for your taste buds. Try the Thor Burger, the Loki Burger, or even the all mighty Odin Burger. Come in a business suit or a suit of armor; the adventure awaits.

 

Skrimp Shack – 4.5 stars – Cajun/Creole, Seafood, Soul Food – $$ – 3.6 mi. Exit 256B

“This place is awesome…this place never disappoints!” Renee C.
“Was phenomenal!” Nick P.
“Super friendly. I will be back.” Shon B.

With fresh seafood and a huge following of adoring fans this is the place to be. A nice stop down the road, Skrimp Shack is loved for its Soul Food and seafood that people just keep coming back for. “Phenomenal” and “Will be back” are just a few of the recommendations they get every day. Come check it out.

 

Mr. Gyros and Burgers – 4.5 stars – Greek, Burgers, Fast Food – $- 3.6 mi. Exit 255B in Newport News

“The best gyro in Newport News.” Matt N.
“Absolutely delicious!” Emily C.
“I’m a fan. Friendly staff, delicious food.” Shane G.

Mr. Gyros and Burgers is a family owned and operated Greek restaurant known for its care and deliciousness. Only the freshest ingredients go into the food here and the gyros are sliced right off the rotisserie in front of you. With homemade gyro sauce, Greek dressing, and homemade ranch dressing you can’t miss out. Try the freshly made hamburgers, fresh salads, homemade baklava, or the mouth-watering Gyro Philly Sub. We guarantee you’ll be back.

An easy and fun place to stop at while in Newport News is the LOVEwork, a fun place to stop and take pictures. The Virginia Living Museum is also a great place for families to take a break. Learning doesn’t have to stop while you’re on the road.

 

 

Brandon’s Kitchen – 4 stars– Brunch, Southern – $ – 4.4 mi. Exit 261B in Hampton

“Nice little Mom ‘n’ Pop diner.” Gregory W.
“Excellent breakfast!” Jessica C.
“This place is awesome.” Sam W.

Brandon’s Kitchen combines homemade feelings with southern charm for an unforgettable meal. With country fried perfection, inexpensive dishes, and breakfast and lunch to choose from, you’ll have to come back to try more.

 

Kente’s African American Café – 5 stars – Vegetarian, Soup – $ – 0.9 mi. Exit 265A in Hampton

“The food here is amazing!” Holly P.
“Great place to eat for a delicious home cooked meal.” Kamal K.

Kente’s is a place you don’t find often. With the perfect mix of American and African foods there are so many options for a great meal on a good budget. The comfortable and homey feel emits from the warm and inviting café. With portions perfect for families and fun, come relax in this healthy dining that has caught our attention and we’re sure will catch yours. See what Hampton has to offer with its sites and museums that create a well-rounded trip.

With a list of African American heritage sites, you’ll get a glimpse into history you can find nowhere else. Remember to check out the Virginia Air & Space Center and the Hampton Maritime Center to learn about what’s going on above and below.

 

 

Handsome Biscuit – 4.5 stars – Brunch, Southern – $ – 5.1 mi. Exit 277A in Norfolk

“We will be back! And we will be bringing friends!” Jessica H.
“For this place, I LIVE!” Tyler S.

Whether you’re rounding off your trip in Norfolk or back for more fun, Handsome Biscuit has more than 10 different biscuit sandwiches made with sweet potatoes. This place is so different and so tasty you’ll be back for more. Try the Hella Fitzgerald or the Mr. Close Love with amazing fried chicken and bacon or pork shoulder and cucumber. It may be small, but To-Go meals are available as well. You can even purchase a dozen plain sweet potato biscuits, but be sure to ask ahead!

Jam Biscuit ponders where to sit. #decisionsdecisions

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Sam’s Texas Sub Shop – 5 stars – Sandwiches, Barbeque, Delis – $ – 4.8 mi. Exit 277A in Norfolk

“Amazing food, great people.” Kyle K.

“Have you not eaten here yet? What’re you doing with your life?” Rich S.

The small style eats are common in Norfolk as they continue with Sam’s Texas Sub Shop. Serving lunch and dinner, this deli is a quality lunch spot for locals and visitors. Though slightly hidden, the sides themselves are worth the look. Everything is reasonably priced and the southwest theme throughout the shop provide a comfortable environment for a tasty meal.

 

LeGrand Kitchen – 5 stars – American (New), Diners – $$ – 5 mi. Exit 277A in Norfolk

“Absolutely outstanding.” B. C.

“Upscale food…in a very casual setting.” Cat P.

“The sign said ‘OPEN,’ but should really say ‘Amazing food served here.’” J David H.

This neighborhood diner is inspired by two essential things: good food and rock ‘n’ roll! With a French technique, only the freshest produce and meats are used to create some of the best meals around. LeGrand Kitchen is part of the history of the Norfolk area, which is felt in the small shop. This homey location provides take-out for its fans and is always in-sync with the seasons and regional offerings to use in their creations. It’s the freshest and tastiest meal around.

 

Chartreuse Bistro – 5 stars – Modern European – $$$ – 4.4 mi. Exit 277A in Norfolk

“It has an amazing wait staff and the food is very good.” Cassie D.

“Wow! What a gem!” Shira A.

This husband and wife owned and operated restaurant is the gem of Norfolk. Chartreuse Bistro is an organic farm to table European bistro found in historic downtown Norfolk. Its contemporary design is the perfect feel for family and friends. Offering a daily changing menu for lunch, dinner, and cocktail hour, the owners do their best to provide only the best. Don’t miss out on the homemade bread, pasta, soup, desserts, and sodas. It’s a little part of Norfolk, Virginia you’ll find yourself calling home.

Norfolk, Virginia is proud of its history and we invite you to join in. Learn more at places like the Norfolk Police & Fire Museum. Later be sure to take an adventure with the American Rover Norfolk Harbor Sailing Cruises at the Waterside Marina.

 

About the Author: Kemry Johnakin is an English Major at Brigham Young University-Idaho, hopes to write the next great American novel, and is greatly unsettled by the lack of oxford commas used in government paperwork.

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