Wednesday, October 20, 2010

EAT an American Bistro

Recently, I celebrated another birthday and I decided to do that at EAT, located on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. Last year I made an attempt to visit EAT but was unsuccessful. You can read about that here. This time I was quite successful.

EAT is a tiny little bistro which serves some really great American classics in a very special way. The menu lists several small dishes, salads, appetizers and entrees as well as various weekly specials.

We decided to sit out on the patio to take advantage of the beautiful weather. We didn't take into consideration the jet noise, but it wasn't too much of a distraction. The server took our drink orders immediately and told us about the specials.

I decided on EAT's version of the tomato stack for an appetizer:

this creation included yellow heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, grilled beets and was toppped with bean sprouts. The beets added some color and flavor that I hadn't expected and surprisingly enjoyed.

As an entree I decided on the rockfish special which was served over a bed of macaroni and cheese and topped with collard greens:

the fish was cooked perfectly, as was the macaroni and cheese. The too-large collard green leaves had a tart taste and were a little too chewy for my taste.

Overall, the experience was very good. The service was wonderful and the prices were reasonable. The only downside was the parking situation. Finding parking close by on the street is definitely a challenge. EAT's management posts signs everywhere alterting customers that they will be towed if they park in another establishment's parking lot. We parked at 31st street and walked nine blocks. It was a beautiful evening and I really wanted to try this restaurant. Not sure if I would do it again.

4005 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 965-2472

Eat: An American Bistro on Urbanspoon


Bryan Dunn said...

Eat NOW!! Park... if you're lucky,

R. Rogge said...

No parking,cold pomme frites, put us by the front door both times we went there

Jodi Register said...

I looked this place up on Urbanspoon as I was new to the area but had guests that I wanted to impress and treat to an interesting treat. Besides the awful parking, their is even a disclaimer right on the menus, and the fact that I was a moron and brought my small child... It was great! This place has some amazing food and although it looks "foo-foo" it is delicious and worth a taste!