Pizza, Beer, and Romantic Restaurants with Patrick Evans-Hylton

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Tuesday’s Taste: Patrick Evans-Hylton

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It’s Big Game Week, and one of the foods most associated with snacking during the event is also one of America’s favorite foods, pizza.

I love pizza, too, and some of the 500-plus restaurants I dined at last year included a pie or two on the menu.

There are lots of great pizzas across Coastal Virginia, and we can’t name every one, but here are five of my favorites for you to consider not just this week, but anytime:

– Baker’s Crust

Locations across Coastal Virginia

Fennel Sausage & Sweet Onion, with housemade fennel sausage, crushed tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, goat cheese, pecorino, and caramelized onions

– Cogan’s Pizza

Two locations in Norfolk’s Ghent

Big Kahua, with prosciutto, ham, bacon and pineapple.  For vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians, we love the option at Cogans Pizza North of soy cheese, faux beef and faux chicken.

– Hearth Wood Fired Cuisine & Craft Beer

Located near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Smokey Chicken, with roasted chicken, Virginia Gentlemen BBQ sauce, caramelized onion, house pickled jalapeno, and smoked gouda cheese

– Second St. Restaurant

Locations in Newport News and Williamsburg

Roasted Garlic & Goat Cheese, with roasted garlic, balsamic glazed onions, tomatoes, spinach, Monterey jack and goat cheeses

– Shorebreak Pizza

Located along Virginia Beach’s Shore Drive Corridor

All The Way, classic Old School topped with the works and the signature 40-year-old housemade family recipe sauce




Not much goes better with pizza than beer and we are lucky in Coastal Virginia to have many incredible craft brewers producing some amazing quaffs.

Like with my pizza picks, we can’t name every great brew in our region, but I can tell you five of my favorites for you to try:

– O’Connor Brewing Company

Sold at multiple locations; taproom in Norfolk’s Ghent

Red Nun, an Irish Red Ale, malty with a bit of hops

– Reaver Beach Brewing1884491000

Sold at multiple locations; taproom along Virginia Beach’s Dam Neck Corridor

Hoptopus, a bold flavored double IPA

– Smartmouth Brewing

Sold at multiple locations; taproom in Norfolk’s Chelsea

Cowcatcher Milk Stout, dark hued, cocoa/coffee flavors and a thick tanhead

– St. George Brewing

Sold at multiple locations; taproom in Hampton

Porter, a rich black color with caramel and chocolate tones

– Young Veteran’s Brewing Company

Sold at multiple locations; taproom along Virginia Beach’s Dam Neck Corridor

Pineapple Grenade, a hefeweizen with pineapple and spice notes




It’s Valentine’s Day coming up in less than two weeks, and if you are like a lot of folks, taking that special someone out to dine is part of your plans.

But because so many folks do dine out on Valentine’s Day, now is the time to make your reservations.

Out of the many amazing places to dine in Coastal Virginia here are three that took top honors from the online restaurant reservation site,

OpenTable took reviews left by diners like you and me and calculated the 100 top romantic restaurants in the country, and we are fortunate to have three in Coastal Virginia.

They are:


The Cellars, Virginia Beach

The Melting Pot, Virginia Beach

Salacia, inside the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront




Keeping in the theme of romance, my friends at Williamsburg Winery have an incredible new dessert wine out that’s a must-have for Valentine’s Day, and to enjoy after meals the year throughout.

From winemaker extraordinare, Matthew Meyers, comes Petit Fleur, a Muscat Ottonel and Vidal blend, which recently received a 93 “exceptional” rating from the Beverage Testing Institute World Wide Championships.

It’s a beautiful wine, not overly sweet or cloying, with floral notes that is a perfect finish to a perfect meal, which makes it Smack Your Mama Good

– Williamsburg Winery

Sold at multiple locations, at the winery, and online


Stay hungry, Hampton Roads!

Patrick Evans-Hylton, an hrScene contributor, is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and award-winning food journalist, covering food and foodways in print, television, radio and online/social media since 1995.

Since 2010, he reports twice a month in his Tuesday Taste segment on The Hampton Roads Show.