Saturday, August 23, 2014

Supper, Norfolk, Virginia

Finally, Norfolk has a restaurant with a rooftop!  Supper, opened by the group that owns Public House, Bardo, Still and Gosport Tavern, made it's debute last weekend.  We stopped to have a look at the new, soon to be hot, spot.  The decor is by far, some of the best in town.  Very nice lighting, subway tile behind the downstairs bar and low and behold, the rooftop, which will be the apple of this restaurant's eye.  The seating is aplenty both downstairs and up and there are bars on both floors.  We decided on the upstairs bar for a drink and appetizer.  The homemade pimento cheese and seasoned Ritz crackers appetizer is large and very, very good.  The drink menu has many bourbon and whisky cocktails along with a couple versions of the Bloody Mary, a slush drink and a few gin and vodka drinks.  I decided on the House Lemon-Aid, which was tart and tasty.  Supper also has a varied draft and bottle beer and wine selection.  



This weekend, we decided to have our first full dinner at Supper.  Fortunately, reservations are available since I think this is going to be the new place on everyone's mind.  We arrived at 6:30 and it was steady, not packed yet.  We were seated within five minutes on the rooftop, which we requested of course.  I once again ordered the House Lemon-Aid, my soon to be husband opted for the Slush (bourbon) and my mom went with the Snowbird Ricky.  My drink was excellent and decently strong as it was the first time.  The Slush is a pretty large cocktail served in a mason jar glass.  The Snowbird Ricky is served with a nice, pink slice of grapefruit.  I might have that on our next visit.   We decided on the pimento cheese again and added a Caesar salad to our appetizer course.  I must mention the cornbread croutons in this salad - order it just for those.  For our main course, mom chose the lamb chop with sugar snaps and the carrot casserole, I ordered the grilled corn entree which comes with a biscuit and mac and my partner went with the pork chop including creamed corn and roasted fingerling potatoes.  We also ordered a side of the cornbread and biscuits and extra sides of the mac n cheese and the creamed corn.  We should have read the menu closer as my entree came with the mac and my partner's came with the creamed corn.  Thinking we both wanted our own of each, we threw in the extras...leftovers!  Lesson for next time, the meals (and sides) are large enough you really can share them without feeling slighted.  I'm not usually a sharer but this even makes sense to me after seeing the portions.  

Service was very good.  These servers are running those stairs constantly but our food came out in just the right amount of time and everything was as ordered (read: no mistakes).  Everyone loved their food, loved their drinks and really loved the atmosphere, especially when the stringed lighting came to life.  
The crowd grew while we were there.  Both bars were full and most of the tables on the rooftop were taken when we departed.   It is most certainly the new hip place to be in Norfolk and it is very exciting that the Supper folks made the investment in the restaurant idea but also in the rooftop.  I hope this spurs others to add rooftops to their restaurants where possible.  Supper plans to keep the upstairs open as long as the weather cooperates and also plans to open for lunch in the coming months.  The upstairs allows a meal to start with a setting sun and end with hip string lighting, guiding your courses.  



Supper is open daily 5pm-2am.
319 W 21st Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23517
(757) 383-6800 

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