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Eat

4005 Atlantic Ave. (40th St.) Send to Phone
757-965-2472 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
The oceanfront's best casual fine dining begins where the boardwalk ends.
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Eat Restaurant Review

: Eat is exactly what you’ll want to do at this funky little beachside bistro. The attitude is playful but the food is serious, befitting an upscale restaurant where the boardwalk ends. Chef-owner Erick Heilig prepares a stand-out paella, while the vegetable lasagna is colorfully engineered with grilled zucchini, toasted pine nut ricotta, charred yellow tomatoes, pistachio pesto and sun-dried tomato sauce. And don’t miss the pan-seared veal meatloaf. Heilig describes it as mom’s meatloaf in overdrive; considering his mom is Marilyn Heilig, former executive chef at downtown Norfolk’s 219, that’s saying something. Talent is in the family DNA. Sister Holly Evans designed the cool graphics. Even at the peak of tourist season, Heilig doesn’t dumb down his menu for the sunburnt crowd but adds whimsical twists like sliders, a mini Hereford beef burger, and an oyster po’ boy. Given his creative flair and the resultant eye-catching, flavor-packed platters, prices are quite reasonable.

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