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Dining opportunities are available left, right and center in the many cities and towns of Virginia. Chesapeake Bay produces delicious crab and oysters, while restaurants in the coastal cities of Virginia Beach serve the best seafood in the region. Many localities have their own specialties; gaining popularity and acclaim across the rest of the country. The Brunswick stew, a traditional southern soul food made with tomatoes, lima beans, corn, and meat, is said to come from Brunswick County. Bars and pubs are abundant in Virginia Beach and Richmond, but visitors should look toward to local festivities to experience the state hobby of square dancing.

Bars and Pubbing in Virginia

In Virginia Beach, Luck Oyster Seafood Grill (2165 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach) offers some of the best nightlife in town along with great deals on dinner and drinks during happy hour. For nightlife with a Mexican twist, hit up the Three Amigos (1920 Centerville Tpke, Virginia Beach) where the tequila flows until closing time.

Meanwhile, Rare Olde Times Irish Pub (10602 Patterson Avenue, Richmond) in Richmond harks back to a day when friends gathered in a homely place for good beer and stories. For a wider selection of brews, try Capital Ale House (623 East Main Street, Richmond) where 200 bottled beers and 40 drafts are available on tap.

Dining and Cuisine in Virginia

Captain George’s Seafood (1956 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach) in Virginia Beach is one of the best places to sample Virginia’s sea bounty, especially with its world-famous "all-you-can-eat" fresh catch buffet. Mexican fare can be enjoyed at Gringo’s Taqueria (612 Norfolk Avenue, Virginia Beach). This restaurant features a tasty selection of fish tacos and other specials at reasonable prices.

The rock and roll theme of Gibson’s Grill (700 East Broad Street, Richmond) is a favorite among both the locals and tourists of Richmond. The restaurant serves beloved American-Italian dishes, including seafood tortellini and brick-oven pizzas. For a truly down-home American experience, the Galaxy Diner (309 W. Cary Street, Richmond) offers burgers, fries and a cherry pie that can’t be beaten.

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