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When I am in a new city, I ask the locals, “Where is the best place to eat? What should I have? Why do you like it?”
When I go somewhere new to eat, I always ask the server what is their favorite item on the menu. Generally, I take their recommendation and order without question.
You might think this makes me lazy. You might think I ask a ton of questions. You might even think I try too hard to write in a narrative format. But who better to ask than someone who eats there on a regular basis?
Word of mouth advertising is cheap and honest.
While sitting at a bar in Virginia, I got to know a few of the regulars. We got to chatting about quality food. From everyone engaged in our conversation, they had the same recommendation.
“You have to try Circa 1918!” Everyone in our circle chimed in about making a reservation even if I was going to sit at the bar. They went on and on about the atmosphere and how great the food was.
Taking the barflies advice, the following evening I made my way to Circa 1918. The place was small, dimly lit, yet warm. At the door, I was greeted by Kara. After a quick introduction, I found out that her husband was the chef. She was warm and inviting.
Turned out, 1918 had mussels for $5 on Wednesdays. But this wasn’t your average array of mussels. 1918 boasts homemade chorizo atop their mussels. I thought to myself, “I have got to try this!”
The mussels were splendid. Possibly the best that have ever graced these lips. The mussels were tossed with sauteed onions, red peppers, homemade chorizo, butter and white wine. It’s moments like this when I know God loves his people!
I finished my time at Circa 1918 with their shrimp appetizer. Given the theme of the evening, I figured I would enjoy the shrimp, sauteed in chorizo and served on a bed of polenta. Let me tell you, this did not disappoint.
Now, it may not be local, but if you happen to be driving through Hampton Roads, do not hesitate to stop by Circa 1918. The food and service should make other restaurants raise the bar.
10367 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23601-3702