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!

***If you haven’t already, please sign the petition to help put a stop to YuLin Dog Meat  Festival, located in my last post. Speak  up for those that can’t speak up for themselves!

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! 

Sakura Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant

Location:

2029 S. Lynnhaven Parkway
Suite 450
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
(757) 416-3551

Atmosphere:

Friday, Friday, Friday! The atmosphere was laid back, crowded but not crazy in any way. Booths, tables, and high top tables, were all filled up and they have a very nice bar with top shelf liquor.  Service is fast, just like the making of the sushi rolls. You can watch them make the rolls right next to the bar, which is always a good sign (nothing to hide , right?).

Food:

There are no words to describe the feeling I got when I heard “all you can eat sushi”.  My heart filled with joy and I waved my credit card in the air and screamed “Take my money! Take all of it!”

Not really, but for $25 that’s how I felt.  There’s an entire menu of rolls, rice, noodles, soups, salads, and appetizers that are included in this price.  You can order for hours and hours until the authorities are called and you are transported elsewhere via a flatbed truck.


The quality of the food was excellent. Pictured above is the Avocado Peanut Roll(top) and the Sweet Potato Tempura Roll.  The rice was perfectly cooked… Not too sticky or sweet. The avocado was ripe and it was absolutely freakin’ delicious with the sweet and salty peanuts.  I would have never thought of his combo, especially not in a veggie roll, but it worked!!

The Sweet Potato Tempura Roll was another new one to me.  The tempura itself was extremely crunchy and flavorful, which was a nice contrast to to soft rice. It had a sweet brown sauce on it, which enhanced the flavor of the sweet potato. I really enjoyed this one.

DIG IT or DITCH IT?!

DIG IT! DIG IT! DIG IT!

Excellent service, a clean laid back atmosphere, and the option to stay and eat high quality Japanese food for hours for one cheap price!? C’mon what’s not to like?  Try this place, you won’t be sorry.  Maybe I’ll see you there, I’ll be in the corner making room for Round 2. 

Domo Sushi

Location:

Domo Sushi

4540 Princess Anne Rd.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

(757) 474-1766

Atmosphere:

This is a unique (cough, cough) strip mall Japanese restaurant. I’m not quite sure how to describe this place, soooo I’ll just name things that were on the wall: bamboo, pieces of wood, long purple fabric fringe, orange paint, TONS of wine bottles.  I was seated right next the kitchen, and was one of very few people there.  Service was friendly, but unfortunately, incorrect.

Food:

I was thrilled to see fried tofu on the menu, it is one of my favs, so I ordered it for $4.  I also ordered the veggie tempura for $5 (more fried stuff, yay!), and Pad Thai for $9.  This place pretty much had all of my favs, but did not have a large selection of veggie rolls to choose from.


The fried tofu was served quickly (pictured above).  It looked lovely from a distance, but as soon as I attempted to cut into it, I was actually shocked.  The fried outer covering was slimy, bumpy, and stretchy… similar to what I remember chicken skin being like (I was truly disgusted).  Although this caught me extremely off guard, I put my big girl pants on, and was brave enough to take a bite. Nothing. It tasted like absolutely nothing. About 10 minutes later, the sauce was brought out that belonged with this appetizer.  The sauce was somewhat sweet and spicy, and It did improve the tofu to some extent.


The veggie tempura was decent. It was greasier than I would have liked, but overall the batter was crunchy and light, the way I like it. The plate came with a large piece of broccoli, a mushroom, an onion, and several pieces of sweet potato.

As I waited for my meal, the waitress needed to clarify my order. No big deal. Ten minutes later, several dishes were placed in front of me, none of which happened to be what I ordered (or vegan).  The waitress was very apologetic, and brought out the Pad Thai shortly after.


The Pad Thai had large slices of onion in it… which is why the only flavor I could pick up in this dish was onion and salt.  The noodles were cooked well, but it was missing depth of flavor and peanuts (What the heck is Pad Thai with no peanuts?! No good, that’s what).

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

This is my first official DITCH IT. There is no vegan treasure here.  I do not recommend this place due to its strange décor, the wait staff’s inability to serve the correct food, and overall lack of flavor. Was it edible? Sure, but I will not be returning. Sorry, Domo!

Cogan’s Pizza North

Location:

Cogan’s Pizza North

4311 Colley Ave.

Norfolk, Virginia  23508

Coganspizza.com

Atmosphere:

Upon entering this establishment, I was instantly thrown back to my days of taking shots of tequila in my dorm room and then stumbling to class in flops and an XXXXL t-shirt.

It was the perfect day to eat outside, so we asked to sit on the roof deck. Yup. I was right. College kids! College kids equipped with sunglasses and flannel! But that’s not all, there were little hipster toddlers and somebody even had their gigantic dog. Is that even allowed?  (No, it wasn’t a service dog).

Food:

At first, I thought my eyes were playing an evil trick. I saw vegan chiken or beef Philly subs on the menu!!!  Since I’m originally from Jersey, and have had more than a few Philly cheesesteaks in my pre-vegan and pre-vegetarian days, this was music to my little herbivore ears.  They also had vegan garlic knots, BBQ chiken pizza, and a veggie pizza made with Daiya.

Holy $!&@/!!!

After about 10 minutes of fierce battles in my head over what to order, I finally decided on the chiken philly sub for $8.99 (pictured above). Best decision I’ve made in a long time! The bread… Oh my Jesus, the bread! So soft and fresh, I nearly cried! The chiken had a nice, true-to-the-real-thing texture, and had a slight hint of garlic and white wine flavor. The sautéed peppers and onions gave the sandwich the right amount of “fill” (I don’t want any half-filled, wimpy, insult to my tastebuds, sandwiches). The only thing I did to it was add a little salt and pepper, and this thing was damn near perfect, if you ask me!

DIG IT or DITCH IT?

DIG IT! This one is a vegan treasure for sure! I’ll definitely return to this place to relive my college days of drinking and eating pizza like there’s no tomorrow.  The “beef” Philly sub is next on my hit list! Go, you won’t be sorry!