As the commercial hub of Chesapeake, the Greenbrier area is known for its impressive mall and multiple shopping centers. For those who need to grab a bite between bargains, there are plenty of terrific restaurants to choose from.
Unique Area Eats
Stop by The Cutting Edge Cafe for lunch and you’ll see why this popular spot is a local favorite. Opened in 2009 by a vegetarian who grew up in Chesapeake, the restaurant prides itself on sourcing ingredients from area farms and markets whenever possible and has a focus on fresh ingredients made from scratch. Refreshing salads, soups, and panini are the main offerings, but also look out for daily specials like the duck confit sandwich.
In search of both Jamaican food and American barbecue in one location? The menu at Cutlass Grille offers patrons authentic Jamaican staples, from oxtails and jerk chicken to spicy mussels and curry goat. They also serve up American barbecue with a Southern twist via dishes like the fried grouper sandwich, beef brisket, and collard greens.
Craving authentic homemade Thai cuisine? Racha Thai Cuisine has you covered. Choose from seafood dishes, vegan plates, or meat platters. Start with papaya salad or fried wontons before moving on to one of the many stir fry options or their classic pad thai. They’ll even customize your dish to fit your desired spice level, so ask for mild or spicy, depending on what your taste buds can handle.
Over at Warriors Grill, a Mongolian barbecue buffet spot, you can fill your bowl with meats, veggies, sauces, and spices, and then watch as chefs cook your meal right in front of you. Choose from one bowl, unlimited trips, or their to-go option for your meal. You’re sure to be impressed as your selected ingredients are cooked to perfection atop a giant grill that’s the restaurant’s focal point.
Sweets and Treats
Frozen yogurts, cakes, shaved ice, and handmade macarons come together at Look Up Dessert Cafe. With an inviting atmosphere featuring modern decor that makes you want to lounge around and snap some pics, you’ll want to stay awhile to try the many different flavors of macarons or unique snow cream parfait creations.
Featured on “Cupcake Wars” and “Shark Tank,” the bakers of Carolina Cupcakery have been delighting visitors with their treats since 2008. With 18 inventive cupcake flavors available each day, Carolina Cupcakery will have a treat for whatever mood your taste buds are in. Have an allergy or dietary restrictions? Sugar-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options are all available as well.
For a healthy treat, stop by Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar. Choose from one of their cold-pressed juices with combos like beet, carrot, orange, lemon, and ginger. Or, grab a no-sugar-added smoothie like the Creamy Coconut Blast, which mixes almond or cashew milk, banana, and coconut into a delicious cold drink. Hungry for more? Try a smoothie bowl or one of their many terrific vegan options.
Shopping and Eating, Together at Last
Part gourmet food market, part chic cafe, Taste Unlimited is the ideal place to browse for cookbooks, coffee beans, and Virginia peanuts before sitting down to a delicious lunch or dinner. Enjoy signature sandwiches and salads, or create your own unique meal with dozens of fantastic, fresh options like housemade hummus, blackened tuna salad, and sassy southern pimento cheese.