Restaurants in McIntosh range from fast food and pizza, such as Gus's New York Pizza, to nicer casual dining spots, including Osaka Sushi Bar, scattered along Jefferson Avenue and in the Villages of Stoney Run, a mixed-use development that stretches between Jefferson Avenue and Denbigh Boulevard.
One favorite casual restaurant, Rick's Cheesesteak Shop, serves Philadelphia-style cheese steak sandwiches, with riffs on the Philly theme and accompanied by huge sides. In addition to a traditional hoagie, you can choose from chicken varieties, pizza steak and even four vegan selections. Top the hefty hoagies with seven different cheeses, from whiz to hot pepper cheese, with traditional toppings or with unexpected add-ons, such as broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes or pesto. For a unique twist, try The Maryland, with lots of meat, Chesapeake Bay shrimp and mushroom, all topped with ooey-gooey cheese.
For casual international, try Thai Thai's at the Villages of Stoney Run. The quaint, comfy space hosts only a few tables, and customers order at the counter, thus easily accommodating take-out orders as well as dine-in. Recommended dishes include the crispy chicken pad Thai, a favorite traditional entrée of rice noodles sautéed with eggs, ground peanuts, bean sprouts and green onion; the chicken pad see-ew, highlighting the Thai sweet soy sauce and fresh, crisp sautéed broccoli, eggs, and bean sprouts over a generous serving of flat noodles; or the classic Thai red curry, crafted with red chilies, lime leaves, lemongrass shrimp paste, garlic, shallot, galangal, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, bell peppers and basil leaves. Vegetarians find plenty on Thai Thai's menu to make their day too. Besides the dedicated vegetarian choices, including mixed vegetables over white rice or vegetable pad Thai, you can make most anything on the menu vegan by substituting tofu.
Another Stoney Run favorite, Osaka Sushi Bar, provides a casual, relaxing atmosphere for a leisurely sit-down dinner as well as Japanese food and drink. Try the Love Boat, a selection of sushi and rolls for two served with salad and soup. To mix in a little local, order the Newport News roll. To extend your Asian experience, order some sake with your meal. If you're new to this Japanese fermented rice drink, start with unfiltered sake, as it's smoother and sweeter than its filtered version.
The Hookah Hut in McIntosh presents an interesting option for local evening entertainment. Stop by during the evening hours, 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. weekends, for a traditional hookah experience, partaking of the flavored smokes and choosing among the many flavors or creating your own.
For national restaurant options, head three miles southeast on Jefferson Avenue. Here, you find Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Moe's, and other recognized names. Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill is another favorite that boasts of a creative selection of cocktails, from Fired Up Faves to Timeless with a Twist.
You can also catch new-release movies at Regal Cinemas at Kiln Creek.
The Summer Concert Series in nearby Port Warwick
hosts a variety of musical acts, including jazz, blues, light rock and roll, samba, and folk.