Dining Bucket List: Todd Jurich’s Bistro


Todd Jurich's Bistro (And Why Five-Star Can Remain Laid-Back)

If there is any reason to throw on one's best outfit and plan an extravagant evening, at least one restaurant in downtown Norfolk proves itself to be worth the expense.  Todd Jurich's Bistro is the type of spot that would accommodate any occasion, ranging from a romantic dinner to a casual afternoon drink among friends.  Norfolk is an unpretentious city surrounded by artisans, farmers, and winemakers and produces an abundance of seasonal ingredients.  Todd Jurich's showcases the region’s offerings in the most elegant of interpretations while maintaining a warm and comfortable atmosphere.  

Certain menu items, such as the filet mignon and lump crab-topped flounder "Norfolk" remain consistent; however, otherwise the menu changes according to the season.  While fois gras may be on the menu year round, in summer it is served on french toast with a house-made blackberry jam and bacon candy, and in fall atop a bed of pumpkin gnocchi. Joe Peirson's hand harvested eastern shore oysters are also a constant offering that diners are able to sample on the half shell, roasted, buttermilk fried, or in the phenomenal oyster stew.  And even the side dishes are remarkable.  The saffron risotto and duck fat fries are a toss-up in decadence but, despite what the names suggest, both are miraculously fat and calorie free.  Well, one can dream...

Todd Jurich's is perfect for those who, like myself, want to throw on a pair of comfortable pants--you know, the ones that offer some give in the belly region.  You can even squeak by in flipflops and, with the right Bermuda shirt, maintain some semblance of class.  If you wanna get all gussied up and impress your company, do so.  Feel comfortable enough to walk into the restaurant in relaxed attire and, if weather permits, grab a table outside.  Enjoy the breathtaking view of Waterside Harbor while sipping a glass of Perrier-Jouet in celebration of mother nature’s graciousness in providing us with such kick-ass edibles and elixirs.

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