Eat (cheap) and be merry!

Published 5:38 pm Thursday, November 1, 2012

River Stone Chophouse, which offers the succulent steak featured above, is one of many options during Suffolk Restaurant Week.

Let the children have all that Halloween candy. You’ll want to save your appetite for Restaurant Week.

The fall encore of Suffolk’s premier dining experience is set for Nov. 3-10, and it will feature 16 of the city’s favorite or up-and-coming dining experiences, all offering prix fixe menus that represent great opportunities to try new establishments and new dishes at great prices.

Participating eateries offer three-course, price fixed menus at the Deluxe ($10 lunch / $20 dinner) or Premier ($15 lunch / $30 dinner) levels for lunch and dinner.

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All selections include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. There are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch — simply visit the participating restaurant of your choice and order from the Suffolk Restaurant Week menu.

For more information, call 514-4130 or visit

Following is a list of participating restaurants, along with information about them gleaned from the Division of Tourism’s website and Restaurant Week’s Facebook page and the most recent edition of Suffolk Living magazine, which features restaurants within walking distance of the city’s courthouse:

Al Forno Pizzeria

Al Forno specializes in simple Italian food, made with the best and freshest ingredients. Dough is made fresh every day and allowed to rest and develop great flavor. Chefs hand-toss the dough and top their pizzas with the restaurant’s signature tomato sauce. Also available are classic Italian dinners, including lasagna, spaghetti, manicotti, cannelloni, veal and chicken parmigiana, and more — most of them made in-house using simple ingredients.

Amici’s Pizza Café

One of the great surprises for visitors to downtown Suffolk is the fact that they can get real, New York-style pizza cooked over the open fire of a brick oven. Amici’s Restaurant has some of the city’s most unusual pizzas — and a lot more, to boot. And it’s all served in a casual Italian atmosphere, complemented by the exposed architecture of this downtown landmark.

The Baron’s Pub

The Baron’s Pub is one of Main Street’s hot spots. Located at the corner of North Main and Market Streets, the pub serves lunch and dinner daily. The sleek and trendy interior of Baron’s Pub is a delicious contrast to the downtown historic structure. From the popular Baron burger and pizza to scallops and oyster salad, this pub has plenty of choices.

Broken Egg Bistro

Broken Egg Bistro is an independently owned, neighborhood bistro that provides fresh, innovative food in a hip, family environment. Visitors delight in a variety of menu items from breakfast favorites, salads and sandwiches to burgers. The Hampton Roads chain’s Suffolk store is located in Harbour View.

Cazadores Mexican Restaurante

Cazadores was established in August 1999. For 13 years they have joyfully served thousands of “amigos.” Now they want to reward their loyal customers with the special event of Suffolk Restaurant Week. They have everything from delicious burritos to delectable fajitas, with choco tacos and fried ice cream to send you on your (fully satisfied) way.

Cedar Point Country Club

Located inside the waterfront clubhouse at Cedar Point Country Club, along the confluence of the Nansemond and James Rivers. Enjoy beautiful views as you dine. Executive Chef Jose Perez is sure to please your taste buds with his Tidewater low country culinary style, while the staff at Cedar Point caters to your every dining need. Call ahead for reservations. No jeans, and gentlemen must wear collared shirts.

Constant’s Wharf Grill

Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, the Constant’s Wharf Grill is an elegant waterfront restaurant with views of the park, Nansemond River and Marina. The restaurant serves impeccable cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a spacious indoor dining room or out on its waterfront porch.

George’s Steakhouse

George’s Steakhouse, open since 1978, has become a major part of Suffolk’s dining community. For more than 30 years, the Taglis brothers have established a local following by offering a complete dining experience for both lunch and dinner. Favorites include George’s Delmonico Steak and George’s Chicken Wrap. Located at 1260 Holland Road, just past downtown.

The Great American Grill

The Great American Grill offers a variety of traditional American dishes and comfort foods in a casual and friendly atmosphere. We feature classic signature dishes, and a full range of wines, beers, and cocktails are also available. Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch service is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner is served from 4:30 to 10 p.m. daily.

Restaurant Highlight: Harper’s Table

Located at 122 N. Main Street in downtown Suffolk, Harper’s Table is the newest addition to the Suffolk Restaurant Week participating eateries. Since the restaurant opened on July 31, Harper’s Table’s staff has aimed to create unforgettable hospitality and dining for their guests. They focus on very high quality cuisine, reasonable prices and exceptional service.

Island Krave Caribbean Bistro

Foodies in Suffolk can get a taste of the Caribbean at establishments like Island Krave, which used to be known as Jammin’ Jerk BBQ and is located off Godwin Boulevard on Burnetts Way. Daring patrons are treated to a menu that includes everything from cocobread to jerk chicken to curry goat, all prepared under the lighthearted leadership of owner Dorothy Lovell, a native of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Mosaic by Holland’s

Located inside the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in downtown Suffolk, Mosaic offers healthy, eclectic, world cuisine designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes. Featuring local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible, their menus and specials are ever-changing. The restaurant has been a gathering place for residents of the area for more than five years.

The Plaid Hatter Tea Room & Bistro

In what could be downtown Suffolk’s most unusual concept for a restaurant, The Plaid Hatter spends part of the week as a cozy tearoom and the other part as a tapas and wine bar. Lunch menus offer a selection of lighter, vegetarian fare with a selection of 30 loose teas. On the weekend, the Hatter becomes a hip spot for meeting friends over small-sized servings of delectable treats.

The Plaid Turnip

The Plaid Turnip is the older sister of The Plaid Hatter, owned by the same chef, Ed Beardsley, and located just around the corner. But this restaurant fills an entirely different need in downtown Suffolk, offering extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and a variety of baked goods, as well. Some of Suffolk’s biggest sandwiches pass through this kitchen’s window.

River Stone Chophouse

Located in the Harbour View section of Suffolk, Hampton Roads’ premier Chophouse features steaks, seafood and a raw bar. The Chophouse ages Hereford Beef and custom-cuts its own steaks and it offers an elegant dining experience you are not likely to forget anytime soon.

Vintage Tavern

This award-winning restaurant off Bridge Road in the Governor’s Pointe community presents signature dishes prepared by the culinary team, among them an appetizing Taste of Southern Goodness sampler of homemade biscuits, house made sausages, shaved Virginia ham, deviled eggs, house made spreads such as strawberry jam and seasonal entrees like oven-baked flounder with herb-onion spoonbread and lemon brown butter sauce.