Zoes is a local's favorite that is tucked about seven blocks off the oceanfront and has that cozy , comfortable, warm atmosphere that takes your stress level down a couple of notches. The combination of great food and great wine keep the locals coming back, so make reservations. Chef Jerry creates a varied menu that changes to keep up with the seasons but is always excellent with lots of favorites. I have to admit, I've been here several times before. Try the Chinatown Shrimp Tempura. On this trip, we had a light dinner including a large iceberg salad which we split, the pan roasted rockfish and duck leg. The rockfish was wrapped in bacon which added just a touch of extra flavor to the dish and I could have eaten an entire plate of the truffle scalloped potatoes, which was just a small side to the rockfish. The duck leg was served as a smaller dish and was tender and flavorful, just enough. The Appla Crumbla with it's rum raisins and ice cream was the topper.
The wine selection at Zoes is one of the best in Virginia Beach. Sommelier, Marc Sauter knows his stuff and provides great pairings with dishes, will have excellent recommendations or will have your favorite bottle. Marc and Jerry make a great combination that creates a dining event. We took a few minutes to talk with the Scottish born bar tender who has an excellent knowledge of scotches and will even be having tasting classes. The entire service staff is friendly and very attentive making the entire experience well worth the trip. Treat yourself to this one on a regular basis.
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