McIntosh – Newport News, VA

Quiet subdivisions around one primary commercial stretch make up the McIntosh community of Newport News. The neighborhoods consist of modest houses and apartments complexes, including some newer developments. Commercial ventures along Jefferson Avenue include retail, services, restaurants and auto dealers. The Newport News coastal region developed because of its location on the Virginia Peninsula, between the James River and the sheltered Chesapeake Bay leading to the Atlantic Ocean. The economy depends upon shipbuilding, international commerce, research and technology, and military bases. Some McIntosh businesses reflect the diverse international residents of Hampton Roads, including ethnic food markets and restaurants. Other regional destinations near McIntosh include the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, Fort Eustis, Mary Immaculate Hospital and downtown Newport News, which lies about 14 miles southeast.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

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.

History & Culture

Recorded history of Newport News began in 1610, when nearby settlers fled their original Jamestown home because of harsh conditions. They encountered Capt. Christopher Newport here on the Virginia Peninsula, however, and he gave them good news that reinforcements and supplies had arrived. “Newport’s News” inspired them to return to Jamestown. This region played important parts in America’s Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War’s 1862 Peninsula Campaign. You can learn more about this history at the area’s Mariners’ Museum and USS Monitor Center, the Virginia War Museum and the Virginia Air and Space Center. The McIntosh neighborhood is named for George J. McIntosh, a major figure in Newport News public schools. The area’s coastal location along the James River, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean has created a diverse business atmosphere. The economy embraces shipbuilding, technological research and international commerce as well as a strong military presence.

Transportation

Automobiles provide the primary means of transportation for most McIntosh residents, supplemented by Hampton Roads Transit. Numerous bus stops along Jefferson Avenue and Denbigh Boulevard make public transit an easy option. A phone call can summon a cab and Uber also services McIntosh and the surrounding Newport News region. Sidewalks along most main roads, especially Jefferson Avenue, Denbigh Boulevard and Richneck Road north of Jefferson, help make biking and walking safe. However, some main roads lack sidewalks and wide shoulders, notably Shields Road and Richneck Road south of Jefferson. Wide roads in residential neighborhoods easily accommodate cars, pedestrians and bikes. The McIntosh community’s small shopping areas provide free public parking. Interstate 64, the major Hampton Roads highway, can be accessed from Jefferson Avenue two miles north of McIntosh at Fort Eustis Boulevard or three miles south.

Cost

The cost of living for McIntosh, lies slightly below the national average and below nearby downtown Newport News. The average rental rate for a one-bedroom residence runs around $707 a month. Provided by Hampton Roads Transit, public transportation for the region makes an economical and convenient choice. A single trip costs $1.75, while the one-day HRT GoPass costs $4. This fare takes passengers to downtown Newport News as well as other regional stops. Beer prices at local pubs typically are $4 for a domestic pint. The gas average generally rests at 7 percent less than the national average.

Shopping

Basic shopping and service needs for McIntosh can be met along Jefferson Avenue. Food Lion at Richneck Shopping Center fills the widest range of grocery needs, while two international food markets reflect the community’s ethnic diversity and interests. Tindahan International Grocery specializes in Filipino products. M P International highlights Caribbean food products and serves as a restaurant as well. Head down Jefferson Avenue for other grocery options, including Farm Fresh and Walmart Supercenter. For a more upscale experience and organic foods, shop Trader Joe’s or The Fresh Market. Game's Farmers Market, on the way towards downtown Newport News, stocks an array of local meats and produce as well as bulk Amish-style products. Busy retail shopping centers nearby at Jefferson Commons Shopping Center and Jefferson Marketplace provide access to national names like Versona, Lane Bryant, Rue 21, Pier 1 Imports, Lowe’s, Michael’s, and many others. For a multisensory shopping experience, visit Discover Teas at Port Warwick. This establishment features fresh tea samplings daily, a tea exploration station, a blend-your-own tea bar, a Wi-Fi lounge for sipping and browsing the web, and tea ware and accessories. For boutique shopping, head over to locally owned stores at nearby City Center at Oyster Point. Land of Lapis stocks a wide variety of Afghan, Turkish and Indian imports, including clothing, authentic lapis lazuli jewelry and beautiful accessories. Hi-Ho Silver presents handmade sterling-silver designs from all around the world, including exclusive designs as well as coveted names like Alex and Ani or Chamilia.

Parks

One of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi River lies in close proximity to the McIntosh neighborhood. The magnificent 7,711-acre oasis at Newport News Park hosts native wildlife, including white-tailed deer, foxes, otter, raccoon and beaver, in a natural setting of woodlands, meadows and lakes. Locals come here to camp, explore, play, fish and exercise or simply to bask in the natural beauty. The park welcomes pets, but bring proof of rabies vaccination. Newport News Park hosts 188 campsites with electric and water hookups, heated showers and flush toilets, picnic tables, grills and playgrounds, and a camp store. Visitors also enjoy hiking, jogging and biking along 30 miles of trails through forests, field and wetlands. This area also caters to picnicking, fishing, boating and canoeing, and it even provides space for archery and golf. History lovers can explore preserved Civil War fortifications, earthworks and redoubts here in the park, which serves as a designated stop on the Virginia Civil War Trails. Other activities at this busy park include an aeromodel flying field, a five-mile mountain bike trail, nature and living history programs, Discovery Center nature and history exhibits, an 18-hole disc golf course and two 18-hole public golf courses and driving range. Entering the park costs nothing, but visitors pay for rentals and select activities. Several annual festivals add to the fun at Newport News Park. The Children’s Festival of Friends on the first Saturday in May provides family-friendly entertainment, exhibits and hands-on activities. The Fall Festival of Folklife on the first weekend in October features nationally known performers, arts and crafts, regional foods and folk entertainment. Celebration in Lights, open nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, features a two-mile drive-through adventure of more than 450,000 lights that transform the park into a twinkling wonderland.
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