Virginia Beach dining: the Green Onion at Great Neck

caprese pasta salad at green onion great neck

I’ve heard people say that there is some amazing dining here in my hometown of Virginia Beach. I always have to wonder exactly there they are talking about, because I can’t seem to find it. Then again, my idea of “amazing dining” is not an all you can eat seafood buffet.

It was a beautiful day today and I had about an hour to kill sans children, so I stopped into The Green Onion at Great Neck for an espresso. I had never been in before, and for the life of me, I don’t know why. Maybe because the building used to house a Burger King when I was in high school, and I’ve always just associated the place with that. But they haven’t been there for years, and several restaurants have cycled through the place, but I’ve just never gone. Today, however, I was pleased to wander in and find out that there is beautiful outdoor dining in the back with a fire pit, heat lamps for the winter, and comfortable tables and chairs next to a fish pond that doesn’t appear to be a mosquito breeding ground.

The staff is super attentive and friendly without being annoying, and the espresso was well made and tasty. Even though I had no plans to eat, I was talked into a caprese pasta salad, which I had never had before, and it was amazing. Fresh mozarella balls, ripe cherry tomatoes, bow tie pasta, and a thick basalmic dressing made the simple dish amazingly delicious.

Lastly, they were clearly a place after my own heart, as they have a complete cheese menu to choose from. I didn’t partake today, as I just wasn’t that hungry, but the next time I want to go for a wine and cheese tray, I know exactly where I’m going.

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