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A Locals Guide to Hampton

In any town, good taste and good sense are not so much what you see and do, but more what you don’t see and do. Charles Bukowski

There are a few things you need to know about Hampton, Virginia: Allen Iverson is from here. Edgar Allen Poe lived here. There is no, I repeat, no good Mexican food. The people are either black or white. (If it weren’t for the military, this would be the blandestdemographically speakingarea in the world.) Air Force women are smoking hot. Career military men are intelligent, open-minded, hard-drinking fellows. Young enlisted men are frat boys with extremely low SAT scores. There are many bridges, tunnels, Confederate flags, and Republicans. Hampton is a god-damned dirty, good old boy, ignorant town, but I love the place.

Since ya’ll will be coming to town for The Phish, here are a few spots I suggest you check out. All of them have been thoroughly inspected by a bona fide (first show: 10-20-95) Phish person and Hampton resident. To be blunt: If the Phish community drops their coins at these locally-owned businesses rather than at the insipid national chains that surround the Coliseum, then the Hampton Roads community will welcome us back with even wider arms the next time we visit the Mothership

Here is a link to a Google map created by David with every entry on it.

Photos by Michael Copeland

The Taphouse
17 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-224-5829
http://www.myspace.com/thetaphouse

Besides their tremendously irresistible selection of good beer, the Taphouse has a solid menu of pub staples dankified by chef/guru Peter Pittman. Fresh seafood, appetizing specials, mouth-watering deserts, and a friendly staff will surely put the share in your groove.

Phoebus Coffee House
33 E Mellen St
Hampton, VA 23663
757-224-8406
http://www.phoebuscoffee.com/

So you crashed out early after Friday night’s show, and you’re up early. You need two things: caffeine and Wi-Fi. Please don’t go to Starbuck’s. Go to the Phoebus Coffeehouse, where after posting a grammatically-insulting show review on Phantasy Tour, you can enjoy a variety of fresh muffins, pastries, sandwiches, and salads in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Surf Rider Restaurant Bluewater
1 Marina Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-9366
http://www.surfridergroup.com/

Simply put: the Surf Rider has the best crab cake on the Chesapeake Bay.

Jack’s
1405 E Pembroke Ave
Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 723-9660

Jack’s makes the strongest drinks in Hampton. Go here for you pre/post-show swerve. A true taste of Hampton, so I suggest you remove your Obama stickers if you plan on parking there.

Total Wine & More
308 Oyster Point Rd
Newport News, VA 23602
757-249-2261
http://www.totalwine.com/

Not technically a local business, but this beer and wine store is a Phish Person’s wet dream. Check the map for their several locations.

Fish

99 Main Restaurant
99 Main St
Newport News, VA 23601
757-599-9885
http://www.99mainrestaurant.com/

A W. Shucks Raw Bar and Grill
2200 Colonial Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-664-9117

Finn McCool’s Fish House & Tavern
3388 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757-689-0829

Hampton Seafood Market
509 Bassette St
Hampton, VA 23669
757-722-8168

Harpoon Larry’s Oyster Bar
2000 N Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA 23666
757-827-0600
http://www.geocities.com/bobsbullboard/index

Lynnhaven Fish House Restaurant
2350 Starfish Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-481-0003
http://www.lynnhavenfishhouse.net/

Marker 20
N37 01.55’ W76 20.61’
21 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-726-9410
http://www.marker20.com/

Old Hampton Seafood Market
124 S Armistead Ave
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-4936

One Fish-Two Fish
2109 W Great Neck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-496-4350
http://www.onefish-twofish.com/

Riverwalk Restaurant
323 Water Street, Suite A-1
Yorktown, VA 23690
757-875-1522

http://riverwalkrestaurant.net/

Six Little Bar Bistro
6 E. Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 722-1466
http://www.littlebarbistro.com/six-about.php

The Taphouse
17 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-224-5829

http://www.myspace.com/thetaphouse

Booze

Alcohol and Beverage Control. In Virginia, beer is sold seven days a week. Beer is not sold after midnight except for in bars. Last call is at 1:30 and close is at 2:00no cash and carry. Hard alcohol is sold in bars during the same hours as beer and wine, but outside of bars is sold only at Commonwealth-owned ABC stores: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. http://www.abc.state.va.us/ See map for several ABC store locations.

Bier Garden
438 High St
Portsmouth, VA 23704
757-393-6022
http://www.biergarden.com/

Big Horn Restaurant
1521 E Pembroke Ave
Hampton, VA 23663-2038
757-722-4351

Brass Lantern
207 Buckroe Ave
Hampton, VA 23664
757-850-4586

Checkered Flag Tavern
1721 N King St
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-3283

Goody’s Deli & Pub
11 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-722-3662

Greenies
198 W Ocean View Ave
Norfolk, VA 23503
757-480-1210
http://greeniesonline.com/

Josh’s Bar & Grill
1938 E Pembroke Ave
Hampton, VA 23663
757-723-8003

Marker 20
N37 01.55’ W76 20.61’
21 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-726-9410

http://www.marker20.com/

Six Little Bar Bistro
6 E. Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
757-722-1466

http://www.littlebarbistro.com/six-about.php

The Thirsty Camel
394 W Ocean View Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23503
757-480-0874
http://www.thethirstycamelonline.com/

Yorktown Pub
112 Walters Ln
Yorktown, VA 23692
757-886-9964

Food

Anna’s Italian Pizza
2845 N Armistead Ave # H
Hampton, VA 23666
757-766-1068

The Boot
123 W. 21st St
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-627-2668
http://insidetheboot.com/

Capri Pizza & Italian Restaurant
227 Fox Hill Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-854-4355

Cogan’s Pizza
1901 Colonial Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-627-6428
http://www.coganspizza.com/ordereze/default.aspx

County Grill and Smokehouse
26 E Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-0600

Fertittas
57 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23669-2508
757-723-9939

Goody’s Deli & Pub
11 East Queens Way
Hampton, VA 23669
757-722-3662

Green Leafe Cafe
765 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-220-3405
http://www.greenleafe.com/home.html

Hoss’s Deli
810 Old Oysterpoint Rd.
Newport News, VA 23602
757-596-9104
http://www.hosssdeli.com/

Hot Dog King
12838 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-1630

La Bodega
22 Wine St
Hampton, VA 23669
757-722-8466
http://www.labodegahampton.com/

Mama Rosa’s
617 East Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23663
757-723-3560

Monty’s Penguin
9607 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601-4540
757-595-2151

Moonstar Restaurant
555 Settlers Landing Rd
Hampton, VA 23669
757-788-8987

Oasis Restaurant 3506 Kecoughtan Road Hampton, Virginia, 23661 757-723-5736

Paul’s Deli Restaurant
761 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-229-8976
http://www.paulsdelirestaurant.com/

Pho 79
1118 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
757-827-4679

Ricco’s Pizza
55 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23669
757-723-3268

Rocky Mount Bar-B-Q House
10113 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605-1046
757-596-0243

Schooners
12368 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA 23606
757-599-4144
www.myspace.com/schoonersgrill

Tommy’s Restaurant
3406 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
757-825-1644

Trader Joe’s 12551 Jefferson Ave # 179 Newport News, VA 23602 757-890-0235

Vancostas
3830 Kecoughtan Rd.
Hampton, Virginia 23666
757-723-1800
http://vancostas.com/default.aspx

Vito’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
905 Aberdeen Rd
Hampton, VA 23666
757-838-4671

Whataburger
6117 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23605-1511
757-838-3111

Places

Cousteau Society
710 Settlers Landing
Hampton, VA
757-722-9300, 800-441-4395
http://www.cousteau.org/

Fantasy
10117 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, Virginia 23605
757-595-1259
http://www.fantasyva.com/home.asp

Mariners Museum Park
The Noland Trail
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
757-596-2222
http://www.mariner.org/visitorinfo/park.php

Newport News Park Campground
13564 Jefferson Avenue
Yorktown, VA 23690
757-886-7912, 1-800-203-8322
http://www.nnparks.com/parks_nn.php

Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd
Norfolk, VA 23518
757-664-6879
http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org/home

Spare Times
1 Family Fun Pl
Hampton, VA 23666
757-838-2121
http://sparetimesbowling.com/

Virginia Living Museum
524 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA 23601
757-595-1900
http://www.thevlm.org/

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