Eat Your Way Through Black-Owned Virginia Beach

By Parker Diakite


With its beautiful beaches and wide range of activities to do, Virginia Beach is one of the most popular destinations on the East Coast.

An estimated 3 million people travel to Virginia Beach for its 3-mile long boardwalk, attractions, entertainment and of course, food.

From soul food, juices, and desserts to vegan cuisine, Virginia Beach and its surrounding area offer a variety of black-owned restaurants.

During your next visit, here’s a list of some black-owned restaurants to support in the area:

Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar

Start your morning at Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar in Chesapeake. You’ll find smoothies, hot drinks, protein shakes, smoothie bowls and more on the menu.

Photo courtesy of Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar


Croaker’s Spot

Most notable for its seafood, Croaker’s Spot offers three locations throughout Virginia, including in Richmond, Norfolk and Petersburg.

On the menu are fried oysters, twin crab cake medallions, butterfly shrimp, and clam chowder.

Photo courtesy of Croaker’s Spot


Mango Mangeaux 

Located in Hampton, Mango Mangeaux is a top rated fusion restaurant that features three cuisines: French, Creole and NeoSoul.

On the breakfast menu, you will find Mango French Toast and Chicken Fried Chicken French Toast.

Gumbo, a Creole Cobb with Mango Balsamic Vinaigrette, and shrimp and grits can be found on the lunch and dinner menus.

Photo courtesy of Mango Mangeaux


Senses Vegan Comfort Food

There are two locations that you can choose from, including Newport News and Hampton.

Senses Vegan is a comfortable environment for both vegans and those interested in the vegan lifestyle.

The menu includes a Philly steak and cheese, BBQ jackfruit, a chicken salad wrap and a beyond burger.

Photo courtesy of Senses Vegan Comfort Food


Martin’s Soul Food

Martin’s Soul Food can be found in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Gloucester, and Newport News, VA.

You can also catch them rolling around in a food truck.

Curry chicken, wing baskets, crab cakes, and fish sandwiches are all on the menu.


Scratch Bakery

Located in Newport News and Hampton, Scratch Bakery specializes in wedding cakes, birthday cakes, graduation cakes, baby shower cakes, cookies and more.

On any given day, the bakery offers between 18-to-20 cupcake flavors per day.

Photo courtesy of Scratch Bakery

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