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Taste Test: Great gyros!

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WHEN IS A GYRO NOT A GYRO? On a recent Saturday, a panel of readers pondered that very question when The Virginian-Pilot’s gyro taste test put them face-to-face with three very different interpretations of this oh-so-Greek sandwich. Could tradition trump invention? Read on to see.

Taste Test: Yummy grilled cheesy goodness

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Taste Test: Ready for some hot wings, baby?

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2009 Taste Test Review: A 2nd helping of winners

In January, we wolfed down some mighty fine meatloaf. We moved on to munch mac and cheese, garden salads, fried shrimp, steamed crabs, chicken salad and chocolate desserts. It was all part of our ceaseless search for the finest of local foods. Throughout 2009, thousands of readers cast votes for favorite dishes at hundreds of restaurants.

Taste Test: Eggnog is the toast of the holidays

Just in time for Christmas, a sampling of eggnogs. This traditional holiday favorite - made with eggs, milk, cream and spices - comes in endless variations. We bought 12 jugs of the stuff and set them before nine testers to find out which ones are best. Some testers sampled the nogs straight up; others added a bit of spirit to determine mixability.

Taste Test: Oysters Rockefeller is no shell game

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Taste Test: When it comes to tailgating, Monarchs rule!

A couple of Saturdays back,  we asked Old Dominion University tailgaters to hang out a shingle if they wanted The Virginian-Pilot’s taste testers to come by and rate their spread.       

The best chicken salad in Hampton Roads

Who would have guessed  that chicken salad would prompt such a squawk?
When we asked readers who makes it best, nearly 500 cast votes for 70 local eateries. On a recent weeknight, in a blind taste test, five judges sampled chicken salad from four of the most-nominated restaurants.
Here’s what they found.
The Boardwok Restaurant

Taste Test: Best beef tacos in Hampton Roads

A poner la mesa! Set the tables!

Taste Test: Best fried shrimp in Hampton Roads

AFTER A NUMBER OF YEARS OF TASTE TESTS, we’ve learned a thing or two about South Hampton Roads’ taste buds. The foods that by far raised the most ruckus: hot dogs and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Now add fried shrimp to the list. Nearly 700 people called to vote for their favorite. More than 100 clamored to be testers.

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