Much like Norfolk and Virginia Beach Restaurant Weeks, the deal is a three-course prix fixe menu at participating restaurants throughout Portsmouth. There are over 20 restaurants participating including: Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas, Montgomery Grill, Brutti’s, and The Stove. For those reluctant to travel to Portsmouth you may be pleased to discover that the city provides a wonderful array of culinary destinations.
I’ve said it before and I will continue to say that these weeks make for ideal opportunities for patrons to sample a place they have never been and in turn, it provides restaurants the opportunity to “woo” new customers so that they will come back for more dish sampling and enjoyment.
I chose to visit The Stove last night having heard great things and having never been. Who knew that place even existed? There is no way you are just going to stumble upon it. The Stove is a destination restaurant located in an old neighborhood on an off street (2622 Detroit Street).
|"I don't think you're ready for this, |
'cause my body's too bootylicious"
I enjoyed all of the wines paired with the meal for the exception of the dessert port. I just do not like ultra-sweet wines. It is just a personal preference. The portions were perfect for the ladies but the men left hungry. (That is for both the food and the wine pours.)
I did see two items on the regular menu that I will make a point to go back and sample. “Da Bubby Gump,” Chef Sydney Meers version of shrimp and grits using Virginia stone ground grit made into a cake topped with pimento cheese, his sausage, smoked tomato and the holy trinity with seafood stock finish. The other dish is The Dumbwaiter classic spicy etouffee with jumbo shrimp and smoochie bear ham (no clue what this is, but it is on the menu) with the holy trinity and tomato on jalapeño sticky rice. See you then – you crazy little restaurant.