Todd Jurich was doing good food in Norfolk before any else was and deserves awards for sticking with the perilous restaurant business, surviving, and thriving. We were huge fans of his little "219" space downtown more than 25 years ago, when downtown wasn't much more than Waterside, Scope, the Union Mission, and a bunch of pawn shops and, now that we're back in town to retire after a long stint in Manhattan, we wanted to check on Todd in his "new" space, which of course isn't all that new to others anymore, just to us. We went for lunch on a weekday. The menu was quite diverse and modestly priced, as was the wine list. My martini was terrific, and the bartender even came to our booth to see if I liked it. (Can you imagine?) I had the meatloaf, which was very good and will want to return for the tartare. My wife had the fried oyster poorboy, which didn't seem to be seasoned much, even with salt. Our booth was comfy but had cracked seats and an unusually dusty frame we felt compelled to wipe down just to pitch in. We will remain fans and will return.
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