Surf and Turf, Travis-Style
Lakeside dining 2002: by boat or by car, bring your appetite
Introduction By Virginia B. Wood, Fri., Aug. 2, 2002
While last year's primary culinary influence was Mediterranean at such ambitious spaces as Cafe Bleu and the Vineyard, neither of those restaurants survived the year, and this year's flavor is considerably more Italian-American. Ciola's, the sister restaurant to a popular dining spot in Virginia Beach, Va., proudly proclaims itself an "Italian-American" restaurant, and the menu at Rocco's Grill reflects a definite Italian influence, as well. There's even a new little pizzeria that serves Peruvian dishes alongside the pies! Guadalajara offers a new choice for Mexican food, and hungry diners will find plenty of Texas country and American cafe classics at Texas Star Kitchen, Big Dave's Dam Saloon, Legends Cafe, Helen's, and Johnny Fin's. Though our boat trip was canceled, Rachel Feit, Claudia Alarcon, Erin Mosow, and I did check out all of the new eateries in the immediate lake area, and here's what we suggest: Now that the lake is open again, go by boat or by car, but be sure to take your appetite.
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