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Cruising — March 2002
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Hampton, Virginia

Part 2: Eateries

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∑ If speed is your thing, try the action at the Langley Speedway (757) 865-1100, voted one of the top five NASCAR weekly racing series tracks.

∑ Explore the final frontier at the Virginia Air & Space Center (757) 727-0900, part of the NASA Langley Research Center. (Langley gave rise to America's space program.) Exhibits include a five-story IMAX theater, flight-related displays, and hands-on demonstrations.

∑ Everyone who visits goes for at least one go `round on the Hampton Carousel. Located directly across the street from the Air & Space Center, it is one of only 70 fully restored turn-of-the-century carousels left in the country.

The Hampton Coliseum (757) 838-4203 is the area's venue for concerts, expos, craft shows, and motocross events. Call for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

As for dining, while reservations are usually a good idea, puttin' on the Ritz is not required. Here are some suggestions:

∑ No visit to Hampton is complete without brunch at the Chamberlin Hotel (757) 723-6511. This imposing, grand old dame of a hotel--the original site dates back to 1820--enjoys a commanding view of the Chesapeake Bay, has its own museum, and is said to be haunted. Just ask the clerk in the gift shop.

∑ Along with seafood, The Crabcake House (757) 868-8598 is famous for its Monster Cheeseburgers and meatloaf.

Ward's Soul Food Kitchen (757) 865-7069 and Smokin' Joe's (757) 723-1444 will cure all that ails you when it's hickory smoked ribs, chicken, and barbecue that you crave.

∑ With excellent service, reasonable prices, and delicious food, it's no wonder the Poquoson Seafood House (757) 868-7333 is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The owner runs his own trawler and supplies the scallops and regional fish.

∑ There's nothing quite as homey as a good Irish pub, and Sarah's (757) 722-2372 is the place to be when only bellying up with a pint--Harp and Guinness on tap--and shepherd's pie, fish and chips, or corned beef and cabbage will do.

∑ Want to cook your own steaks and have somebody else clean up the mess for you? Try the Grate Steak (757) 827-1886, and have your pick of choice cuts of beef for the grill. Chicken, seafood, and prime rib are also available.

∑ The sauces are made from scratch at Delargy's Bistro (757) 825-1450 and complement the chicken or veal as well as the seafood specialties. Ever been spit at by a fish? Try the chowder, and you'll find out what fresh really means.

∑ Slice and a root beer? Pie and a pitcher? Andreas Pizza Shop (757) 827-8600 serves it all in the old-fashioned, neighborhood-pizzeria way.

If you've enjoyed your cruise to Hampton or have visited someplace you'd like PMY to mention in this column, drop us a line at Cruising, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2882. e-mail: kkreisler@primediasi.com. No phone calls please.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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