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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Graces Cantonese Restaurant

328 Constitution Dr. (Virginia Beach Blvd.) Send to Phone
A real find for both those with adventurous tastes and those who like the tried and true.

Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Mon.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Graces Cantonese Restaurant Restaurant Review

: The Graces leads a double life. There’s one menu if you’re looking to chow down on chow mein or any of the other Chinese-American standards that have become a beloved part of the U.S. culinary landscape (paging General Tso). But thrill-seeking palates can opt for an alternate menu, and be rewarded with fried duck tongue with baked salt, beef with bitter melon or seasoned jellyfish. When it comes to the section labeled Casserole, don’t think 1950’s-style tuna, but more of a stew, a sizzling hot pot of vibrantly colored vegetables in broth with flavorful braised meat. Order chicken with ginger and scallion casserole and your server will ensure you understand that you’ve requested the chicken that comes with bones. Every day at lunchtime, there’s dim sum (Asian tapas, if you will, such as pudgy steamed pork buns, pan-fried taro cake and beef short ribs with black pepper sauce), but on weekends, it’s served via trolley. The hospitality within makes up for the restaurant’s location in a forlorn shopping strip, and Graces' most remarkable decoration is the wall of stacked tanks packed with lobsters, Dungeness crabs and eels.


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