VIRGINIA BEACH — Destination dining can be as simple as traveling to an under-discovered restaurant in Hampton Roads.
Yet eating out on a budget can be a challenge.
A Southside Daily reporter scoured Virginia Beach for five bites on a budget, and discovered meals for under $10 that foodies and casual diners alike can enjoy.
Pupuseria y Taqueria El Sabor De Mi Tierra’s enchiladas Hondureñas.
The Honduran-style enchiladas at Pupuseria y Taqueria El Sabor De Mi Tierra kick off this list with a smorgasbord of flavors and textures.
A crunchy tortilla topped with citrus slaw, a hard boiled egg and pickled red onion, the enchiladas Hondureñas pack a punch of flavor. One bite will reveal spicy jalapeno, salty-sharp hard queso and tangy chicken lathered in creamy aioli. Three enchiladas cost $8.95 before tax, so come hungry.
Jen Thai Cuisine’s Tom Kha Soup
A stone’s throw away from popular chains like Outback Steakhouse and IHOP, Jen Thai Cuisine might be easily missed by drivers passing by. With Asian-inspired soup offerings becoming more popular in Hampton Roads, Jen Thai offers its own in the form of Tom Kah. Full of coconut and lime flavors, the Tom Kah is paired with shrimp and a side of white rice. A small bowl costs $5.95.
Laguna Bakery’s pepperoni bread
If you’re in Virginia Beach and on the hunt for Filipino food, there’s a little bit of everything at Laguna Bakery. Nestled between fast-food chains and American fine-dining franchises, Laguna Bakery offers a variety of Filipino foods including pancit, a stir-fried noodle dish, lumpia, which are deep-fried vegetable pastries, and daing, which is salted, dried fish.
The shop also features fresh-baked bread, like sweet rolls and ube brea, for less than $10. Among the bakery options is the pepperoni bread. Loaded with cheese and pepperoni, the stuffed roll serves, at a price of $4.50, as an alternative for pizza lovers.
Lumpia & Co.’s pork adobo tacos
Lumpia & Co. offers Filipino food with a twist, including the Monte Cristo and buffalo chicken lumpia. For $7.50, the budget diner can get two pork-adobo tacos. Loaded onto flour-based tortillas, the tacos are filled with adobo pork and citrus slaw.
Chef Skip 757’s fried fish sandwich
Not all fried foods are created equal, and at Chef Skip 757, diners can find a fried fish sandwich for less than $10 that’s seasoned, battered and larger than the bun. Hidden in a residential neighborhood on Dahlia Street behind Green Run High School, Chef Skip’s offers other fresh seafood items that aren’t fried, like crab cakes and fish tacos.