Taste Test: In Their Prime

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recently had the opportunity to try Prime 255 on Granby, which opened in early 2022 in downtown Norfolk. My companion and I were greeted at the door by a staff member who showed us to our table upstairs in the cozy mezzanine and immediately took our drink orders, a Johnny Walker on the rocks for me and a gin martini for my wingman. I knew we were in for a great experience when I noticed the bartender gave me a very generous pour!

For starters, we had the Jumbo Crab Balls and hand-cut Parmesan Truffle Fries. Both were superb.

Our waiter, J.D., knew the menu inside and out. He recommended The Oscar, a 7 oz. Angus Strip topped with jumbo lump crab meat, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus, served with a lemon horseradish sauce. We ordered it, along with the Shrimp & Grits. 

The steak came topped with shrimp instead of crab meat but no matter, it was cooked perfectly to order with plenty of potatoes and asparagus taken out of the steamer at the absolute right time. The sauce was an explosion of flavors and was enjoyed thoroughly. The Shrimp & Grits were likewise cooked to perfection. The dish came in a rich and creamy sauce with hints of Old Bay seasoning, which makes it a must try. I wish we could have had dessert, but the meal was so filling we simply had no room.

Prime 255 on Granby will delight your taste buds with bold flavors served up in a vibrant atmosphere. The prices are fair, especially considering the prime location and professional crowd in the downtown district. Owner and local entrepreneur C.J. Upton has built a satisfying and very welcome addition to Norfolk’s restaurant scene.

Bob Finke

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