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Flavors of Norfolk

There’s more to explore in Norfolk, Virginia than the 144 miles of majestic shoreline, as travel and food photographer Reema Desai uncovered on a recent trip for Garden & Gun. Scroll on and discover what’s brewing in the heart of the Virginia waterfront.

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MERMAID WINERY

This winery has a great little patio, so find a seat outside if you can. The sparkling rosé pictured here is an absolute must.

COELACANTH BREWING

This space is right down the street from Mermaid Winery and has a huge selection of brews to choose from. The stouts should definitely be on your list.

HANDSOME BISCUIT

There is often a line outside the door at Handsome Biscuit, and with good reason. This biscuit is the Stevie, which includes fried chicken, pickles, whole-grain mustard, and honey.

PAGODA AND ORIENTAL GARDEN

The Pagoda and Oriental Garden is a wonderfully calm, tranquil space near the bustling waterfront in Freemason Harbor.

LUNA MAYA

Stop at Luna Maya for a predinner cocktail and snack. The buzzy atmosphere makes for a great experience.

PRESS 626

Snag a seat on the quaint front porch of Press 626, where you’ll immediately feel welcomed by the friendly staff and comfortable setting.

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

Block off at least an afternoon to explore the rich collection at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

FIELD GUIDE

Field Guide is a great restaurant downtown serving up innovative dishes such as the Park Dog rice bowl, pictured here.

SUPPER SOUTHERN MORSELS

Stop by this new Southern-style restaurant in the heart of Ghent, a lively district in Norfolk with the best beer and wine around.

THE BIRCH

The Birch is a craft beer and artisanal cheese bar—the perfect spot to grab a beer and a grilled cheese after work.

TOAST

Toast is a lively restaurant that serves up the most creative toasts imaginable. Its menu changes often, and it’s quite affordable. The colorful table coverings add a fun touch.

DOUMAR’S

Doumar’s is an institution in Norfolk, and just about everyone recommended we visit. This is a classic chocolate cone, and it could not have been better.

NORFOLK BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Norfolk Botanical Garden is located at the edge of the city and is absolutely sprawling. This would be a great place to bring a picnic and soak in the serenity.