China Moon

Location:

China Moon
2346 Virginia Beach Blvd #7A
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
(757) 463-3671

Atmosphere: Well, I have to be honest, I’ve never eaten in this place. It’s in a shopping plaza, and is relatively small. Some day, I’ll have to actually eat there. I have, however, ordered delivery from them about 30 times (or more), so this is more of a love letter to China Moon than a review. Ok? Good.

The first thing I love about China Moon is the exceptionally fast and friendly delivery. It always arrives in less than 25 minutes, and is always handed to me by the most friendly delivery man I’ve ever encountered. Love it.

Food:

Words will never truly express how much I adore the food. Where I’m from, there was no such thing as General Tso’s tofu. I was familiar with the chicken, but not this magical tofu dish. Of all the times I have ordered, I have gotten this. It was love at first bite. Meant to be.

Fried until slightly crispy, this firm tofu is covered in a thick, sweet brown sauce sent from the Gods themselves. It has very, very subtle hint of pepper that perfectly compliments the sweetness.  I pair this with vegetable fried rice, and it’s a match made in heaven… The romance of the century… Food’s power couple!

I have also tried the vegetable spring rolls, which are fried, crunchy, and flavorful.  The vegetable lo mein is on point, with perfectly cooked noodles and veggies in a signature sauce.

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

I think you guessed already, but DIG IT! I love their food so much, I usually order it every week. Outstanding quality and flavors, paired with quick and friendly delivery??? Sign me up! So give them a call and put on some Netflix. Fabulous food will be there in no time!

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Whiskey Kitchen

Location:

2149 General Booth Blvd.

Virginia Beach, VIrginia 23454

Thewhiskeykitchen.com
Atmosphere:

Loud, busy, fun.  If you’re from the area, you know most places are pretty crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, especially this time of year.  I like seeing people out having a grand old time, eating, laughing, and drinking the week’s stress away.  I mean, why not???

Food:

This place was typical in appearance; tables booths, and dimly lit. The menu included; salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and other  standards. Not many vegan options jumped out at me except for the Buffalo Cauliflower Bites ($9). The waitress assured me that they were fried in oil, not butter, and went back to ask the cook if they were vegan (Thanks, buddy!).

I’ve always wanted to try cauliflower “wings”.  Back in the day, I loved spicy wings, so how come I haven’t made these for myself?? Anywayyyy, I ordered them and couldn’t wait!! I also ordered the Hummus Wrap ($8).


Look at these things!!! LOOK AT THEM! Huge pieces of cauliflower, fried until hot and crispy and showered with spicy (but not too spicy) buffalo sauce. Holy Mother, these were fabulous. Obviously, I didn’t eat them with the ranch dip or cheese (those were for my boyfriend), I ate them as-is, but hot damn these were amazing! I never wanted them to stop!

Then. I was served the hummus wrap. A typical wheat wrap, with typical hummus, and typical vegetables. Compared to what I just ate, this just might have been the dullest, least exciting thing I’ve ever had.

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

Dig it!! We’ve found treasure here!! The Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are worth the trip alone. The friendly and accommodating wait staff and fun atmosphere makes this a great place to be. There are several other items on the menu that are vegan or could be made vegan, so check them out! I’ll be back for sure for the cauliflower (maybe with a bottle of vegan blue cheese in my bag!).

Fruitive

Location:

1624 Laskin Rd

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Fruitive.com
Atmosphere:

Located in a strip mall, this little spot is really cute! Wooden everything, fancy chandeliers, books cases, and even a reading nook… What an awesome place to come chill!


There’s a very relaxed vibe here with friendly and fast service.

Food:

I ordered the Southwest Salad and the Coconut Colada Smoothie. The salad is not on their website’s menu, but I promise I ordered one!

Let me start out by stating the obvious. There are different types of vegans. There are those that enjoy the grassy taste of green juices and things like that, and then there are those that eat Oreos, and pizza, and fried tofu (cough, cough).

The food here caters to the more health conscious vegan. The ingredients are fresh and go through very few alterations, leaving the flavors as natural as possible. It’s light, refreshing, and tastes healthy.

The salad included; romaine, corn, black beans, red peppers, a small amount of avocado, cucumber, tomato, vegan ranch dressing and a large portion of spicy hummus. Again this salad tasted fresh, natural, and healthy. The ranch dressing went pretty much undetected, but the hummus offered a lot in the flavor department (pepper, cilantro). The salad was very dry, and I think they really skimped on the dressing. (Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy???????!!!!!)


The smoothie tasted primarily of bananas. In fact, it tasted exactly like a banana smoothie I made awhile back. I sensed a very light coconut flavor, but damn it, when I order a Piña Colada, I want the full, coconuts-are-kicking-you-in-the-mouth-flavor-go-put-on-a-hula-skirt, type of taste…. You know what I mean???

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

This is a cute place with simple, natural, and healthy food. It is pricey (this meal cost about $20). I was disappointed that they did not have the dessert items, like the raspberry cheesecake, that were shown on their website. The flavors were a little lackluster to me, but again, for raw food, it was pretty decent. I’ll say DIG IT for now, since I’d like to try another smoothie, but there are definitely many cheaper smoothie places to go to instead.

Yorgo’s Bageldashery

Location:

2123 Colonial Ave.

Norfolk, Virginia

Yorgosbageldashery.com

Atmosphere:

Laid-back, super casual, college-y vibes set the tone of this bagel shop.  With a constant steady flow of people in and out, you might guess that this place was the only source of food for miles. What could be so good about this place?!?

Then, I saw it.

I stared at the menu in absolute shock and awe. More than one or two vegan options?! Is this real life?

I’m talking vegan egg, sausage, and cheese on freshly made bagels, philly cheese steaks, BLTs, Italian hoagies, BBQ chiken, breakfast wraps, and more!

(Side note: Check out this mural on the wall!)


Food:

I managed to snap out of my menu induced trance, and ordered the egg, sausage and cheese on an everything bagel ($5.25), pictured below.


The bagel was absolutely perfect. Soft and chewy with a nice onion flavor. The house-made sausage had a spot-on texture with pleasant understated spiciness. The tofu eggs added substance to the sandwich, and the flavor and texture were true-to-the-real thing. The cheese was cheddar Daiya, and its creaminess and sharp flavor paired nicely with the spicy sausage.

Did I stop there? Nope. I ordered a breakfast wrap called “The Peterson” to take home.  It had hashbrowns, tofu scramble, onions, sausage, and cheese wrapped up in a wheat tortilla. ($6.75)


This wrap was outstanding. Substantial, flavorful, and fresh, pair this with a strong cup of coffee and its the perfect breakfast.

DIG IT or DITCH IT?!

DIG IT! There is vegan treasure here!!! So many vegan options, it’s absolutely a place you could visit often and never get bored.  Great prices, fresh ingredients, and quick, friendly service makes this place hard to beat.  They even have vegan cream cheeses and other treats for sale.  I will be visiting this place many, many more times to try all that Yorgo’s has to offer. I’m hungry already!