Judy Cowling, The Virginian-Pilot

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Past articles by Judy:

Luxuriant sandwiches almost eclipse the carrot cake at Carrot Tree in Yorktown

A jaunt to the Yorktown waterfront yields wonders built on buttermilk biscuits and the legacy of a cake-baking grandmother. → Read More

At Lucky Cup in Virginia Beach, the lattes come with a big heart

While you hang out with your caffeine, you can play on a gaming machine that aims to support charities or just yak a while with a friendly stranger. → Read More

Tambora in Yorktown features Dominican-themed cuisine

A young family has put hard work, heritage and creativity into their new restaurant. → Read More

Do a happy little dance around these tacos in Virginia Beach and dig in

Quirks in Virginia Beach has an outstanding taco Tuesday. Just be careful with that (strong) Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. → Read More

The Cutting Edge Cafe pushes the sandwich up a notch or two

In Chesapeake, the mysteries of duck confit are revealed along with an unexpectedly great addition for a grilled cheese. → Read More

Out of the frying pan and into ... cookie heaven.

Fox Tail Wine Bar has wine, and entrees. But it also has this: Justin Ramos' Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet. → Read More

Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood will get its own farmers market in April

The plan is for two Friday evenings a month on the lawn at Blair Middle on Colley. → Read More

East Beach market adds winter hours, streamlines payment setup

Pay just once, even when ordering from more than one producer. And stay in your car, too — especially nice when the wind is coming off the bay. → Read More

Waveriders in Nags Head: for diners with a hankering for healthier fast-casual

With the generous menu, panini-pressed sandwiches and amazing bowls comes an emphasis on local. → Read More

Who cares about the parking crunch when your tasty seafood crunches like this?

Our Peoples Soulful Seafood, a Norfolk favorite, makes its seafood as great as its winning chicken sandwich. Go there. → Read More

Smashing flatbreads, fried deviled eggs: Union Alehouse and its very interesting menu

The name of the place nods to its philosophy: "the concept of union, or combining flavors like salty, sweet, spicy, sour and umami together." Expect an expansion, with an offshoot coming to Norfolk. → Read More

Coming to 25th Street in Norfolk: A taco house with 100 tequilas

From the owners of Union Alehouse, a spot that offers "a union of flavors like salty, sweet, spicy, sour and umami together,” to create new and interesting tacos, tostados, elotes, bowls and salads. It's set for February. → Read More

A beer hobby led Bryan Daniels to ... granola bars.

An IT guy wasn't feelin' it, so he pulled a switch. Beer making led to granola. Elsewhere, you can still get Doughminion's doughnuts. → Read More

Add this Nashville Hot Chicken to your dining-out plan

Fresh and hearty food — not beer — is the central fare at Bunker Brewpub. → Read More

Acclaimed chef Syd Meers spills details on his new Norfolk restaurant

The noted chef discusses what his new restaurant will be like, including signature food offerings, the decor, and the story behind its name — Syd's FishPig. → Read More

At Virginia Beach’s Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry, satisfy your sweet tooth with cake tasting

It doesn't matter if you are going to order a cake or if you just want to have some delicious fun, the tasting will provide plenty of exploration for two people. → Read More

Norfolk’s Stockpot celebrating 1st anniversary with special Lunar New Year dinner

This dinner also signals the kickoff to their 2020 Dinner Series, which will be held Friday and Saturday nights the third weekend of each month. → Read More

Beach brewpub’s burger is a delight, and get the fries topped with gouda and bacon

My girlfriend Jeannie had told me about her new crush-burger at Home Republic Brewing. Of course, I had to try it. → Read More

Our favorite 15 new dishes in Hampton Roads in 2019

Three food writers pick their top 5 new dishes they tried in Hampton Roads this year → Read More

Norfolk craft brewer to host Nomarama’s annual slider competition

The battle for the 2020 Golden Spatula will take place on Jan. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. → Read More