Neo Southern American Cuisine, whatever.


Stove to retire, May 12th, the end

A Gigantic thanx to all my Patrons for the past 45+ years here in Hampton Roads area and the past 12 here at Stove.  It's been a fantastic journey for me and I've enjoyed every bit of it, especially the harder times, almost, LOL.  It's been great and i'm leaving this crazy business before it leaves me, (on the floor).  

I and my staff all appreciate all your patronage and love you've all given us over the past 12 years.  Keep you eyes open as you will see me everywhere now, xoxoxox Syd, the stove person

I'm now concentrating on my Sauces, the Not Hot and my most award winning D-Lish all purpose sauce.  You can still buy my sauces and other products online here and other products in the near future.  You'll also see me at some farmers markets, our lookin for locations to place my sauce in and just out havin fun and comin to your house for dinner so have fun, support other independent and creative restaurants in this area and by all means look out, i'm like a bad penny, i keep showing up, smoochies, Cowboy Syd 


Stove, located in the heart of PoNo

We use great local produce, fish and meats that I get not to far from the restaurant, I grow food for here, make my smoochie bear ham as well as my sausage and my PoNo city cured hams.  With global warming I'm even able to get fresh root veggies from my farmers in winter as well as summer. I get some great yellow, blue and brown oyster mushrooms from Dave and Dee out in Sedley va plus my ole frin, Judy Clark of Clarke's farm in Chesapeake and a whole host more so you can count on fresh, local and very good foods we serve here at stove. 

I'm surrounded by water so fish is always interesting and delicious.  I like to cook fish all year long as I do meat, wild game and pig.  love pork bellies, oh my, and I cure my lardo, slow roast the belles, make my sausage and ham as I mentioned and we dry age some of our meats as well.    We support local farmers and fisherman, and are a part of the southern foodways alliance as well.  They are working hard on preserving the history of our southern heritage.  join join them yourself and you'll love it.  go towww.southernfoodways.com  and John T. Edge i said hello 

This year we're just finished our 3rd bottling of my cowboy syd's D'Lish sauce which you can purchase on this website so 2015 promises to be a good and busy one, come see us soon, xo sydney, the stove person

Yep, we were a 2016 mid-atlantic best chef semifinalist for James Beard Award of Excellence. Cause we're good.


We was just named one of the 12 best restaurants in Virginia by thrillist out of Washington D.C.  and they just did the one food you need to eat in each of the states with the one thing to eat in Virginia was Stove's Pork O Rama, dam that's great.  Yay!!!   Here's the link, check it out:  http://www.thrillist.com/eat/washington-dc/virginia-has-some-mighty-fine-restaurants-these-are-the-best-of-them




(757) 397-0900 and please note, we only take reservations by tele phone



2622 Detroit Street
Port Norfolk
Portsmouth, VA 23707

Just outside the Mid-Town Tunnel if coming from West Norfolk or if your coming from the Beach area, East Norfolk or Chesapeake you can now go through the Down Town tunnel and take the second exit which is called the M.L,King Expressway which will bring you in about a mile or less to Port Norfolk exit.  once you go over the rail road that street is Chautauqua, turn right and then the next left onto Detroit St., we're in the second block on the right and remember, we pay your toll, just let us know you came through it and you'll get a $4 discount off your check!



We are opened Wednesday through Saturday and the 1st Sunday of each month.  Reservation for Wed and Thur start at 5.30p in the dinning room and we take our last at 8.30p. reservations for Fri and Sat start at 6p and our last is 8.30p with the  Bar hours 4:30p-11ish.  reservations for dinner are recommended.  we are small with only 10 tables and can fill quickly but if your in the neighborhood stop by, sometimes it's easy to get in.

Brunch 1st Sunday of month 10am - 3pm 

reservations are needed for this glorious day, we have a standing reservation list and it's beyond a cult, lol.  to really get a table you need to reserve no later than two weeks out but sometimes on the day of we do get a cancellation at times so give a call.  Bon boe TeToe


I've bottled up my world famous D-Lish Sauce for you. It's been in the making for about 25 years and it's fabulous and sophisticated.  It has a lil Spice to it, a lot of fresh smoked tomato flavor and while a lil on the thick side it's also very fluide and at a whopping 16 fl. oz. it will last you a little while but we certainly want it to be eaten and not just a beautiful art piece in the refrigerator.  Besides, my cat's need shoes

Test-ta-monial: D-Lish...what else would you call it? It's not a BBQ sauce, not just a steak sauce either. Back in the late 80's someone had the nerve to ask me for some catsup. Well you can only imagine the horror on my face. Then one rainy day, I love rainy days, I concocted a great sauce. It's fabulous and sophisticated for fish, bird, beef, wild game, veggetables or as a vinaigrette or bloody mary.  Recipes on this page for you.  It finished out with 30 ingredients like turmeric, amaretto, smoked tomato, my coffee blend to name a few. There's more to the story but it would take me forever to spell check so when u c me I'll give u the full version. This D-Lish Sauce has been in the making for about 25 years so i think i'm done.  Now we've done our 3rd bottling for all our fans the world over. I'm doing all the chopping and prepping with some frins and staff then i take it to Willard and Greg who puts it into a nice bottle for me. I leave the dippin in wax for myself, it's soothing.

Where to buy my sauce: currently only in Hampton Roads area except for right here on my website.  I'll ship it anywhere.  Locally at specialty shops like all 7 locations of Taste Unlimited-Va Beach, Norfolk, Newport News & North Suffolk, Ghent Seafood in Ghent-Norfolk, Westside Produce & Provisions-Colley Ave, Norfolk,  the Creative Edge at Hilltop-Va Beach, Beef Jerky Outlet-Ocean Front Va Beach, New Earth Farm & Market-Pongo, Va Beach, Artisan Bakery of Portsmouth which sales it at Olde Towne Portsmouth Farmer's Market and Smithfield's Farmer's Market, at Wharf Hill Main St.-Smithfield, Bon Vivant, Fire Fly Boutique at Bennett's Creek, on the Eastern Shore at Gull Hummock-Cape Charles, Chatham Vineyard-  Machipongo, the North Street Market-Onancock, the Poseidon Pantry-Chincoteague, the Spice Diva-Charlottesville, Cranberry Cafe & Provisions-Staunton Va, Null's Produce-Alexandria Va, Mimi's on Main-Senatobia, Ms,  Indianola Pecan House-Indianola Ms, and I'm workin hard on North Carolina so soon more spots there plus of course right here at Stove, the restaurant-PoNo neighborhood of Portsmouth and of course on this website.  if you go to the top browser bar and touch on the 'loose ends' you'll see some recipes and ideas on how to use D'Lish.  i post often so always refer back for more ideas and recipes.

August 22nd I'll have my new baby born, my Not Hot sauce.  It will be in stores near you next week.  A chili pepper sauce that's so balanced it's layers are as powerful as the capsaicin itself.  Not to hot but yet enough heat to make it fun and then with the sweet and savory to balance it out, damn it's good.  go get some!


The art o Syd

For as long as I been cooking, maybe longer, I been making art of some sort. Some peoples have tried to describe it only to talk themselves into a tizzy. One ole man from Norfolk said 'Nobody should do art and it doesn't belong in a restaurant'.  He was constipated for sure.  It's a little bit folk art, a little political, sometimes even the goofy religious cults get in there but generally irreverent in some ways (many ways probably).
When you come eat at stove you can see some of it up close and personal. Here be a tease. and of course you can purchase any or all of them.  just talk to your salestron or even me.  it really would look good over your soffa and if your color blind like me they all will blend perfectly,


Now that you've seen my art you are ready for some of my wisdom.  I'm leaving that from time to time as well as my poetry.  and just an important thing to always remember, 'a day without rain is like a day with sunshine'

that's it for now, stay tune.