Norfolk Walkabouts

Norfolk Walkabouts Food Tours is a locally owned Hampton Roads business that supports local restaurants and businesses. Both food tours and historical tours cover the cuisine, history, culture, and architecture in different neighborhoods.

“Grab your forks and dig into Norfolk!” Norfolk Walkabouts Food Tours visit multiple restaurants sampling house specialties while learning about the history of Norfolk and discovering landmarks in between. Our tours have been featured in the Virginian Pilot, Hampton Roads Magazine, the Daily Press, WAVY TV Hometown Hotspots, FOX Hampton Roads Show, and more! Norfolk and Hampton Roads history as a maritime community influences both the cuisine and the history. Be sure to bring an appetite!

Operating as usual 04/16/2019

Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral: Live updates

Prayers and hope that Notre Dame is restored to full glory! Paris...reportedly the most visited city in the world...on a whole different level from Norfolk. That being said, what landmarks/icons do you value most in Norfolk-VA Beach? The region while old for US has lost much architecture in the past due to fires (VA Beach Hotel, city of Norfolk lost in the Revolutionary War) & local gov't decisions (trading a "grand" Monticello hotel in Norfolk for the Fed Gov't building on Monticello in 76'). Firefighters in Paris are racing to save the Notre Dame Cathedral, which has suffered significant damage in a fire. Follow for live updates. 03/01/2019

Raleigh ranks 3rd best in quality of life in the world, study says

Beat 'em or join 'em? Or, just be complacent with Norfolk/VB/Wburg? For the third year in a row, Raleigh made the top three cities for the best quality of life in the world according to 02/08/2019

Offline Raleigh | Events and Things to Do in Raleigh

Hey, Norfolk/VA Beach/Wburg! Do you beat 'em or join 'em (move to Ral-Dur)? Raleigh continues to innovate with job industry, food scene (2 market halls in Raleigh alone not including C Hill or Durham, local chocolate makers, food truck rodeos downtown, etc), well designed museums (top of line Marbles Children's museum), some of the best local universities, great outdoors activities (plenty of running/biking trails & parks for kids), etc, etc. OR, can Norfolk/VB innovate and create it's own unique identity (balls in your court ORF/VB...can people support gems like 5 Points Community Farm Market before they close...can local bureaucracy get out of the way & allow creativity to flourish...AS AN EXAMPLE...FACT..."Visit Norfolk" & "VB Visitors & Convention Bureau" recruited DC Food Tours (a chain organization) to make their own parroted version of a food tour that eats at tourist traps such as The Freemason Abbey...some of the worst food in Norfolk...perhaps my opinion...nah...just bad food in a historic building. Real people will never see the "real" Norfolk/VB that has a "soul" if the same people with no clue or original ideas continue to manage both cities. Good luck in 2019...try to strive for better. Tired of Googling "Things to do?" Offline puts your city's best places and events in your pocket every weekend. Everything from date ideas and live music to festivals and running trails is all in one place. 11/03/2018


Close by Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill (a metro area of similar size) has been making advances and creating clever cultural, artistic, and culinary destinations such as the "Morgan St Food Hall." Where do you feel Norfolk-VB-Wburg is at when it comes to creativity? Morgan Street Food Hall is a new lifestyle dining concept; not to be confused with a food court. It features local eateries and restaurants as well as local food retailers. Morgan Street Food Hall introduces the concept of cross meal ordering, where different meals are enjoyed in a shared seating ar...


Hey, Hampton Roads folks (ORF/VB, Wburg) do you feel satisfied with the progress of the region? Or, do you feel that regional leaders could use more creativity and motivational drive in terms of creating a job market and cultural environment that competes with similar sized regions or other close metro regions such as Charlotte, DC, Raleigh-Durham, or Richmond?


JFK's Famous Inaugural Address Passage

Fast forward to 1:00 for highlights...regardless of political leaning...good message. Applied to Norfolk/VA Beach....don't ask what the cities can do for you (I mean hopefully they are doing something), but what can you do to make ORF/VB a better place? What mark will you leave for future generations?

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy was sworn into office and delivered one of the most famous inaugural addresses in U.S. history with the line "... 11/15/2016

Whataburger Issues Sick Twitter Burn To Cowboys Haters After Win Over Pittsburgh

Who has the best fast service hamburger: Five Guys, Shake Shack, Whataburger, In N Out, Smashburger, Burger Fi, etc? When you play Whataburger, you play yourself 05/28/2016

Willie Mae's

And, to complete this fried chicken triumvirate, 3 more thoughts on fried chicken: 1) Chicken N Waffles (love it for brunch). 2) Try Jestine's in Charleston. 3) Visit Willie Mae's in NOLA. 05/28/2016

Get Fired Up : Food Network

While on the subject of fried chicken, have you bitten into a crispy and tender piece of Nashville Hot Chicken? Whatever you do, don't settle for imitations from KFC or O'Charley's. Few things shout Southern hospitality like a heaping plate of crisply fried chicken — and Nashville knows how to do hospitality. The fried chicken in Music City runs from the traditional, skillet-fried Sunday version to the now-iconic Nashville hot. Whichever you’re after, these 10 spots are sure to... 05/28/2016

Chic N Fish - - Newport News, VA

Fan of Korean Fried Chicken? Extremely crisp, savory flavors can be found at this regional locally owned restaurant. And, oh yes, call ahead to save time! Specialties: Korean-style fried chicken involves an Asian frying technique that uses different spices and produces a thin, crackly outside skin. Food is prepared fresh, so expect a wait or call ahead. NYC-style wings come in flavors such as… 05/15/2016

Michigan craft brewer pokes Budweiser for 'America' name change

Anheuser Busch-In Bev is ramping up it's rhetoric for the summer olympics. Facebook joke spreads quickly, spurs scorn at international brewing giant.


What If!!! What if Norfolk and VA Beach had a more unified approach to marketing/tourism, attracting businesses/jobs, transportation, etc?? Maybe, Norfolk/VA Beach could reach the heights of Tampa/St Pete, Dallas/Ft Worth, Minneapolis/St Paul, DC/Baltimore, San Fran/Oakland, Raleigh/Durham??


Did you know?...Virginia was initially colonized for a brief period by the Spaniards in the 1500's. Chesapeake Bay was named Bahia de Santa Maria. 10/25/2015

14 Beautiful Southern Skylines

How important is a skyline to the identity of a city? What would an iconic building in the Norfolk skyline mean to you? Five gorgeous pictures of some of our favorite Southern skylines. 10/14/2015

GulfQuest : GulfQuest : National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico : Mobile, Alabama

New Gulf Coast Maritime Museum in Mobile, AL. Impressed by the design? What are your thoughts? The mission of Gulfquest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is 'To inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the gulf coast's rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities.' 10/13/2015

The New St Pete Pier

If you like art incorporated into a city's landscape, check out the new St Pete FL pier. It illustrates how a city can re-imagine a waterfront or other cityscapes. If you're open to modern and abstract art, check out Metropol Parasol in Seville Spain, the Highline in NYC. Some well known architecture that inspires includes the Space Needle, Sydney Opera House, and the Gateway Arch. Ultimately, point is...why not make something iconic and memorable. The New St Petersburg Pier


Cilantro Bangladeshi Bistro

If you've never been, check out Cilantro! Parata is magical!

Bringing a taste of Bangladesh to Norfolk, VA!

You can find us at 1011 Kempsville Rd in Norfolk, near the corner of Kempsville and Virginia Beach Blvd

Follow us on Twitter @Eat_At_Cilantro


Thanks to everyone for all of the support over the past several years and much thanks to the local business & partners that bring unique culinary options to Hampton Roads which inspired the tours and provided a vision of the future for Norfolk/VA Beach.

The Walkabouts era has passed, and I'm started on a new venture called "medical school!" 04/26/2013

Green Flash in Virginia Beach

Time for some parting shots!! As citizens of the Hampton Roads community, how do you feel about Green Flash? Do you feel distaste because it's in VB and you live in Newport News or Norfolk? Thus, you don't want to make the drive?! Or, does the concept of a non-local company create a turn-off? Maybe, you like it? Where San Diego's Ale trail meets Hampton Roads


Strawberries and plenty more ripen early this year | |

It's time for fresh produce! How often do you cook with fresh produce? Strawberry lovers, re-set your berry clock. As I write, the sweet luscious fruits are ripening in the fields. You might not have made a point of picking berries in April, but to get the best, grab your basket and head for the fields.


Do you eat ice cream on cold days? If so, what do you prefer: Bergey's? Norfolk Ice Cream Company? We want Blue Bell Ice Cream in Virginia Beach?


Happy New Year's to everyone! Did you have any traditional meals, etc. for good luck in the New Year? 10/24/2011

Survive Norfolk

Which foods and drinks do you pair with Halloween? Pumpkin Ales? St George Brewing Co Oktoberfest? What is your pre-game meal for a Zombie Apocalypse? Get ready to run, duck, hide, outwit, and outmaneuver your opponents as you take to the streets of Ghent to survive in the most epic race for your life. It's part tag, part footrace, part zombie apocalypse. Do you have what it takes to Survive Norfolk? You have 2 hours to make it from the Starting ... 10/14/2011

24th Annual AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival - Festevents

Have you visited any wineries in VA, NC, or other states? Which domestic wines do you prefer? International? VA's wines will be in our own backyard this weekend! Festevents 10/07/2011

3rd Annual AT&T Town Point Brewfest TGIF - Festevents

Which pubs and alehouses do you go to enjoy a finely crafted brew? The Birch? Biergarten? Public House? The TGIF Brewfest at Town Point Park will have a sampling of regional and national beers. Festevents 10/02/2011

Next generation making farms financially sustainable | |

How often do you eat locally grown produce? What are your thoughts on the future of farming in America? By Ryan Tipps In an industry where the average age hovers around 60, Ben and Carly Coleman are decades shy of that and already veteran farmers. 09/30/2011

The Noblemen - Oktoberfest

How do you celebrate Oktoberfest? Do you head over to The Birch for the beer & cheese pairings? This just in...there will be an Oktoberfest event tomorrow in VA Beach. Beach Brewing Co. will on tap! The Noblemen help individuals and groups to achieve Noble Deeds as well as identify great Noble Deeds that await them. 09/30/2011

Welcome to 5 Points Community Farm Market

Where would you recommend for the Food Network or other culinary travel shows to visit in Hampton Roads? Guy Fieri's recent visit to "ORF" which included Five Points Community Farm Market aired this week. Welcome to the Five Points Community Farm Market website. The newly design website will feature all kinds of Farm, Market and Food information that will interest, inform, and hopefully, enlighten you about locally grown food and your Farm Market! 09/30/2011

Olde Towne Fall Crawl presented by Mid-Atlantic Recycling - October 1, 2011

Which city streets do you enjoy taking a stroll on? How about after a few beers or glasses of wine? Could you make it to all of the pubs and taverns on the Ghent Bar Tours Olde Towne Fall Crawl? Olde Towne Fall Crawl presented by Mid-Atlantic Recycling - October 1, 2011 - Portsmouth, VA - hosted by Ghent Bar Tours 09/25/2011

Sundance Channel | LUDO BITES AMERICA

What are your favorite shows about food? Which chefs inspire you to change it up in the kitchen? Have you checked out Ludo Lefebvre? Chef Ludo Lefebvre and business partner/wife, Krissy, are hitting the road to reinvent American cuisine. From Carolina barbeque to New Mexico chiles, each episode finds Ludo and Krissy setting up their innovative touring restaurant at a local eatery desperate for fresh ideas. 09/22/2011

AT&T Bluegrass & BBQ TGIF - Festevents

Fall officially began yesterday! Which festivals are you looking forward to this fall? Brewfest? Olde Towne Fall Crawl Ghent Bar Tours? Wine Festival? Festevents

Dining around Hampton Roads 09/21/2011

Samplings from around Hampton Roads! 09/17/2011

Norfolk Weather Forecast and Conditions

It's a rainy day Hampton Roads! What do you eat on a wet, lazy day? Comfort foods? Bon-bons? Hot tea? Dim sum at Jade Villa? Norfolk weather forecast and weather conditions. Today’s Norfolk weather plus a 36 hour forecast and Doppler radar from


Have you savored a "Boba" tea(Bubble tea)? What are your "go-to" flavors? yo mama froyo in Kempsville will soon be serving up some Boba Tea! 09/13/2011

Do you seek out "hidden gem" restaurants? Ever stumbled upon a small, "mom and pops" operation that skips the glamourous exterior but packs a punch with the cuisine? Where do you go? 21st Street Deli, a tasting on the Ghent Food Tour, has a variety of deli meets and cheeses to pile on their sandwiches!

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