Two words: ‘Yum, yum.’ Here’s why

VIRGINIA BEACH — Restaurants from the Southside and the Peninsula are crafting special menus for the first CoVa Restaurant Week.

Locals and visitors can taste, sip and savor special prix-fix menus showcasing Coastal Virginia’s diverse dining scene, Oct. 1-7, according to a news release from the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association.

“The Coastal Virginia region has so many great restaurants, hidden gems and neighborhood favorites,” said Aimee Taylor, the association’s director. “This event puts a spotlight on how wonderful these places are and the amazing dishes they put out every day.”

Diners will not be lacking for options during CoVa Restaurant Week. In addition to selecting from a wide range of restaurants and cuisines, patrons can choose from seven different specially priced menus, according to the news release.

There are two breakfast menus offered at $5 and $10, two-course lunches at $10 and $15 and three-course dinners at $20, $25 and $35.

Each establishment determines which menus they will feature during the event.

All menus exclude beverages, tax and gratuity.

The number of participating restaurants continues to grow as the event nears and includes establishments like Terrapin, Saffron, Civil Libation, EAT, Monsoon, Black Pelican Seafood Restaurant, Freemason Abbey, Java Surf and more.

To view participating restaurants, menus and more information about CoVa Restaurant Week, click here.

CoVa Restaurant Week is not a ticketed event. However, reservations are strongly recommended where accepted, according to the news release.

CoVa Restaurant Week is presented by the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association and sponsored by Coastal Virginia Magazine.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.