Posted in: Dining Posted on: May 22nd, 2015

Dining and Nightlife in Chester, VA

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The stressful parts of moving melt away as soon as you’ve settled into your new apartment—especially when you have a city waiting to be explored. Now that you’re living in Chester, VA, it’s time to embark on your first adventure in the city. Even if you think you already know exactly what the city has to offer, you might be surprised by some of the restaurants and bars in Chester, VA. We’ve compiled a list of the best options so that you don’t miss a single taste.

Savor the Flavors of Italy: Sapori Ristorante Italiano

You’ve probably never heard of Carini, Italy, but it sits right on the edge of a city known around the world for its cuisine: Sicily. It also happens to be the hometown of Giuseppe and Angela Armato, the owners of Sapori Ristorante Italiano. They bring the flavors—or, in Italian, “sapori”—of their homeland stateside in every dish, but especially the popular seafood cannelloni. It consists of a house-made pasta sheet stuffed with lump crabmeat, plump shrimp, and a creamy tomato sauce. The stuffed pork earns rave reviews, too.

Playful Name, Serious Seafood: Da Crab Dump

There aren’t many eateries that refer to their signature dish as a “dump,” but Da Crab Dump’s owners are confident enough in the quality of their seafood to get a little playful with the menu. You might be more familiar with the term “crab broil,” which is what a “crab dump” actually is. Da Crab Dump dishes out heaping platters of its crab boil with customizable ingredients thrown in, such as lobster claws, crawfish, or mussels.

Gourmet Pies in a Hurry: Pizza Express

Have you ever agonized over deciding between a hoagie and a pizza? You don’t have to anymore thanks to Pizza Express, as their hoagie pizza combines the two. Instead of a single crust, the pizza fixings are squeezed between two like a massive sandwich. Salami, ham, Provolone, onion, tomato, Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of oil are stuffed inside every slice. The popular eateries other specialty pies including chicken wing pizza, taco pizza, and western pizza—which features barbecue sauce and chunks of sirloin steak.

Both Old and New Barbecue Traditions: Sibley’s Bar-B-Q

When it comes to crafting barbecue, the chefs at Sibley’s Bar-B-Q enlist any means necessary to make sure theirs is perfect. That means relying on a few family recipes, but also following their taste buds and whipping up new sauces. Savor some tender pork pulled fresh from the smoking pit, try the Southern fried pork chops breaded with Sibley’s signature mix, or opt for the rotisserie chicken smothered with the house’s own red sauce. Locals highly recommend getting hush puppies or corn fritters on the side, too.

Craft Beer is a Bargain: Brass Monkeys Bar

Are you more interested in a drink than dinner? Then perhaps Brass Monkeys Bar is the place to go—especially if you’re a fan of craft beer. Swing by on a Wednesday to grab a pint for just $2.50. The brews on tap change constantly, but you can always expect high quality, in-season beers to appear on the draft list. While you sip, you’ll also be able to watch whichever game is playing that night, as Brass Monkeys Bar broadcasts virtually every match on its big screen TVs.