Croc’s 19th Street Bistro Virginia Beach VA

I want to start off by saying that my wife and I have become true lovers of fine dining and have developed what I call a sensitive palette and can pick a meal apart. This is not bragging but to define the review. We are also very strong believers of Buy Fresh Buy Local. We are not only getting the freshest foods but at the same time helping our neighbors in supporting the local farms they work so hard to maintain.
The wife and I have frequent the Farmers Market that Croc’s is so generous to offer their parking lot for on Saturdays. We have heard nothing but good things about the restaurant and have wanted to visit there. We live in Portsmouth so it is typically a planned trip and restaurant week came up so we made the trip. We were pleased and everything on the menu took our taste buds on the “I want it” journey.
My In-laws were with us, and my father-in-law who is very picky, noted over and over throughout his meal of the Scallop Pasta mmmm this it good. hmmm this is really good. The bread is great mmmm. I could continue however I don’t think it is needed. My Mother In-law had the lamb on the butternut squash risotto and she continually commented on the flavor and perfect balance.
The wife had the Carpaccio appetizer and it was tasty and balanced in flavor. The only point is the meat should have been sliced thinner but the flavor was spot on. The wife and I had the duck confit on sweet potato mash. The duck was perfectly cooked and every bite was a pleasure. To add to the surprise there was a carrot puree vinaigrette at the bottom so when you dipped through you got this wonderful tang to add to the pleasure of eating this wonderful dish. The only flaw were the leeks. The idea of leeks should have been a good counterpoint to the sweetness of the mash and unctuous duck, but they were basically raw, with a slight char here and there. This grilled needed to be cooked more but not removed. I will also make a note that the deserts were good but the grilled pear could have cooked for a couple of minutes longer as they were stiff inside. I have seen many notes about the service being slow and yes it was slow tonight at times however we could see the kitchen window and when the food was ready it was quickly delivered. They were very busy tonight and they had a lot of staff working. The slowness had nothing to do with the speed and effort as the whole team in the front of this restaurant was moving at a very quick pace and did not slow down. Again there was not an open table that I saw and everyone was being taken care of.
I was extremely impressed when I walked in the door and we were personally greeted by the owner and she was our hostess for the evening. She continually maintained full awareness of what was taking place in her place. I saw her tirelessly patrolling the restaurant to ensure everyone was having a pleasant experience. Too many places you never see the owner or Chef’s in the front participating with the guests. To me this proves she is not ashamed of what she produces and something I look for when I go into a nice place. We both look forward to returning and experiencing more of the menu here.
Chris

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