Traveling really makes me hungry, perhaps it is the activity, or maybe all the driving, but I am all about the specialty foods, the cute little eateries and of course TASTE. As we road-tripped from the Outerbanks to Virginia Beach, it took a few hours with traffic, and it was time to eat. My day was all about experiencing a new state, a new beach and a whole new family vacation destination to uncover. Our food adventure today was perfect as my son with severe food allergies could dine at our chosen destination of TASTE and I could eat there with ease as trendy, specialty foods that were meatless were offered. TASTE is an experience you must have while in Virginia Beach, and one you will crave long after you return home. The crafty paper bags, the farmhouse style area and the artisan-crafted food all offer a signature experience. Are you ready to TASTE Virginia Beach as I Lavishly live my food out loud?
Why Is TASTE So Different
You could just pull into any old place in Virginia Beach and eat, but wouldn’t you prefer to dine somewhere that is all about it’s own state and perpetuating the use of food items found in that state? Of course dining in a place like this makes the experience more unique, and definitely refined. What if there was a Market where you could shop as an extension of the experience as well as indoor and outdoor dining with a price tag that is no more expensive than those basic Panera stores that are around? Wait till you see what I have uncovered in Virginia Beach, it’s all about the TASTE.
I believe what makes TASTE so unique is that if uses the resources that it has around it, such as ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay Foodshed, Virginia Country Ham that is cured right in Virginia, cage-free small family farm, and natural chicken. An additional few things to note about TASTE is that their baked ham and roast beef are free of nitrates and artificial growth stimulants, gluten free and trans-fat free. Of course if you have food allergies to gluten, you can still eat here, as well as having nut, fish and latex allergies!
A Menu Over-View of TASTE
The impressive thing about TASTE unlike HELLO in Pittsburgh is that if you want to create your own you can, or if you want their Signature Sandwiches you can sub out what things you don’t want on it. HELLO does not let you sub or rearrange their Signature-type items(boo!).
There is a Classic Sandwich portion of the menu where you can create your own Whole or Half with prime choices of meats, cheeses, breads and dressings. Just for kicks, here are a few bread choices, they made me smile!
French, Multi-grain, Whole Wheat Wrap, Brioche Roll, Butter Croissant, Italian Flatbread, Rustic Baguette, Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread!
Any sandwich can be made into a Boxed Lunch for an additional cost, but it offers you pretty much something like a meal combo option!
Our Personal ‘TASTE‘-Testing
My daughter is all about her smoked turkey and when it is done right, I never hear a peep, so this was done RIGHT! The NORTHENDER is the item you are looking for on the menu, as it offers all natural honey-smoked turkey, hardwood smoked bacon, Havarti, avocado, romaine, tomato, basil mayo served up on French Bread! UMMMM.
I nibbled on a delicious Croatan Greek Salad which comes in a few different ways, as both a salad or a wrap, and you can always add meat! This was a Greek salad, roasted tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta, Kalamata olives, banana peppers, red onions and an Arugula Spinach mix, served up a in a wrap! YUM.
A CLASSIC SANDWICH
My one son, who eats lots, but is truly finicky, created his own Classic Sandwich with Bacon, smoked turkey, cheese and bread and you can see it looks delicious and so very homemade!
As you know my youngest has severe food allergies and there were a lot of options on the menu, he simply chose the TASTE Chopped Salad, and kept it very simple, with Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Romaine.
Now all my kids rave about is their experience at TASTE and I can honestly say that I echo their craving, I might just have to drive 10+ hours to feast on more of their delicious offerings and then bring some home! When in the Virginia Beach area, be sure to stop on by TASTE and indulge in one of the specially crafted menu items. Are you ready to TASTE Virginia Beach?
Our Special Thanks to Sarah for taking time out of her very busy day to spend some time with us, acclimating me to the area!