The casual restaurants in the Epes neighborhood reflect the international flavor of Hampton Roads, with Asian, European, American and Caribbean options at moderate prices.
Delights Caribbean Restaurant brings you the flavors of the islands, with traditional foods like ox tails, curry goat, jerk chicken, sweet plantains, and rice and peas. Delights also serves the harder-to-find ackee and saltfish meal, the national Jamaican dish of the nutty-tasting ackee fruit and salt cod. They prepare homemade juices, too, to pair with your food.
Belgian Waffles and Steak House supports the locals not just in serving great food, but also through community support. This breakfast-through-late-lunch spot, open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., hearkens back to mom-and-pop diners with hearty American dishes like the club sandwich, BLT, liver and onions, pigs in a blanket, corned beef hash and egg and, of course, waffles. Despite the "steakhouse" name, this is not a source for various cuts of beef but for country-fried steak and chopped steak. However, you can definitely expect down-home cooking, hearty portions and moderate prices.
Chung Oak Korean restaurant reflects the area's Asian influence. Recommendations include: the beef or pork bulgogi, tangy barbecued meat served with steamed rice; go-gi bokkeum, stir-fried beef and vegetables with rice; or yukgaejang, the well-known, spicy, long-simmered soup, made with shredded beef, scallions and other vegetables, and served with steamed rice. A Japanese portion of the menu includes sushi, sashimi and udon hot noodles.
Nightlife is slow in the Epes neighborhood, but other nearby areas present options. Hookah Hut in McIntosh
presents an interesting option for local evening entertainment. Stop by during their evening hours, starting at 8 p.m., for a traditional hookah experience, partaking of their flavored smokes. Hookah Hut allows adults 18 and up to participate, and only non-alcoholic beverages are served.
Visit Craft 60 Ale House when you're craving an ice-cold beer and a retro atmosphere. This place pours local and international brews and pairs them with sides of good old-fashioned bar food and friendly service. Be sure to check Groupon before you head over; you can sometimes find deals for this establishment.
At Regal Cinemas at Kiln Creek,
you can catch a new-release movie. City Center at Oyster Point
presents dinner and a movie at Neo Kitchen + Bar, located in the Paragon City Center 12 theater.
Bailey's Newport News has a number of TVs that let you watch the big game or fight while sipping on cocktails or noshing on pub food. Let the staff here seat you if you have your heart set on watching one thing in particular; this place regularly displays multiple events for your viewing pleasure.
In Port Warwick, the Summer Concert Series hosts a variety of musical acts, including jazz, blues, light rock and roll, samba and folk.