22 December 2011

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This is my dream. For either Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives or Adam Richman from Man vs. Food to come visit Route 58 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and give this deli/cafĂ©/restaurant the proper attention they deserve.

*Warning ~ there will be a lot of CAPITAL LETTERS in this post.*
People, LISTEN. If you are in Virginia Beach, you must head to The Route 58 Delicatessen to EAT.

And, oh, I do mean eat. A LOT.

When we first walked in, the hustle and bustle of this cozy joint was perfect. With a retro feel and wicked awesome 1950s-style signs, I knew this was going to be *the* spot that would quickly become a regular hang out for us.

Talk about character!
Not only are the menus (pictured below) made to look like magazine advertisements, but even the owner Jeff Goldberg's REPORT CARD when he was a kid, is laminated and tacked to the wall. It was hilarious, setting just the right kick-back-and-relax atmosphere.

And. The. FOOD. Fellow lovers of food, I am not kidding. If you are in Virginia Beach ever, and I MEAN EVER, stopping at the Route 58 Deli is now my requirement for you. Let's just say that when one of the slogans on a server's t-shirt reads, "If you finish, we made a mistake," then you know you're in for the type of food that makes your eyes bug out when the server brings it to your table. And when other diners then peek over your shoulder to ask what you got, that's another good sign.

I'll start out with the coffee. I drink mine black with one sugar in it, and my husband has his with cream and sugar. We both ended up asking for to go cups when we neared the end of the meal, it was THAT GOOD.

And for the food? Ahhhh. I had a Potato Knish, which was some magical creation of hot, flaky, soft bread wrapped around mashed potato and more magic. I'm still dreaming about it. My husband ordered something called "The Almost Famous" omelet with PASTRAMI and CORNED BEEF HASH and a gazillion other tasty things in it, but it also had MORE corned beef hash on top of that, and then it was finished off with two potato latkes balanced on top, almost like an exclamation point at the end of it all. It was in your face eating pleasure. (Guy? Adam? Did you wanna visit yet?). To do this plate true justice, I would suggest you just visit Route 58 now and order it. Suffice it to say that my husband eats everything on his plate every time, but this time? He could only eat half of "The Almost Famous."

The place is inviting, the decor is retro-amazing, the food is to drool over and pack your bellies with, and the service is TOP NOTCH. The owner, Jeff Goldberg (still just a kid from Jersey, per his site), and his super-fantastic staff (thanks, to our server Rachael, who happens to be a blog writer herself at The Witty Hippie), have a rock solid deli that would make New York, Chicago, and Boston drool and dream.

"Go, you must," said the ever-wise Yoda to the awesome blog reader. "Tonight. And then, with a belly content, you sleep."

The owner's report card! Ha! Below grade level, my a#$

LOOK AT THIS!! Eat this Potato Knish in one sitting. Dare ya.
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  1. I craved knishes when I was pregnant with my second daughter, but there was nowhere in Gainesville to buy them, so a friend brought them from Jacksonville for me! Glad you found a supply in Virginia Beach!

  2. What a fun place. I like restaurants where you can feel the presence of the owner...it is to comforting.

    Just realized the post was supposed to be about a place in my town. I posted about where I was this week (Destin). I will eventually catch on :)

  3. I love places like this. I haven't been to one in a long time, and am glad to see they still exist!

  4. Col - Do you still live in Gainesville? I don't remember if you still do, for some reason I think you live in Chicago now? I just moved from Jacksonville back to Va Beach so sheesh, how did I miss the knishes in Jacksonville?! Argh! But, yes, I now know where to get my knishes here in Va Beach! :)

    bermudaonion - It's now my favorite place! The Jewish Mother is still here, but they ended up moving their location from the boardwalk area and I miss that atmosphere. Food's still the same there, pretty much. But I am now clocking in Route 58 as my new fave!

    Lisa@Buttery Books - You're right, it adds so much personality! And oh, don't worry about posting on Destin! It doesn't have to be about your town - any town, really! I travel a lot for business, so for some weeks, I will definitely be snapping some shots from whatever city I'm in! :) Thanks for participating!!

    rhapsodyinbooks - Yes, they do exist and this one in Va Beach is just calling my name today...I might need to stop on by! :)

  5. I'm from the 757! Woo!

    That said, I haven't heard of Rt. 58...we're more of a Doumarr's family. But now that I've read this review I'll have to check it out next time I'm home.

    Thanks for posting this! I love it. :)

  6. Cath - Wootwoot for the 757! lol :) Yes, next time you're in the area, visit Route 58. I'm confident that you will fall in love with it. Matter of fact, shoot me a note and let me know when you're in town and we'll go together! Bloggers meeting for the first time over to-die-for food and dreamlike coffee sounds perfect to me! :)

  7. Oh my! This joint sounds fabulous -- Diners Drive-ins and Dives worthy!

  8. Natalie...I will do just that! Yay!

  9. And oh, someone mentioned JewMom upthread...and now I am CRAVING their chicken salad. So many highschool late nite memories...

  10. Oh my gosh, this place sounds amazing! Mind if I pop on over for a visit to your place soon? We can have breakfast and lunch here, and then go book shopping! Great post today, Natalie!

  11. Sounds yummy! Makes me wish I was coming that way for a visit. That would be awesome if Guy Fieri featured it on his show but I think I heard somewhere that he wasn't filming any more episodes?

  12. Natalie, your blog is almost as amazing as you! Thanks for the shoutout and please come back, as you must have dessert!
    A hungry, happy and healthy New Year to you :)