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FRIDAY FLAVOR: Norfolk restaurants vying for 'Crush King' crown in annual competition

Fifteen restaurants will be competing for the 'Crush King' title and the bragging rights for making the best crush cocktail.

NORFOLK, Va. — The 2nd Annual Crush Competition is happening Friday in downtown Norfolk—and 15 different restaurants are gearing up to win the grand prize. 

Attendees have the opportunity to visit any of the 15 restaurants and enjoy a 4-ounce sample of specialty crush for just $2. 

They will then vote on which one is their favorite. The bartender voted as having the best crush will not only get crowned the Crush King, they will also win a $500 prize.

The event — from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — takes place at multiple restaurants along Granby Street. 

Each restaurant will only have 200 servings of their crush available. 

The Downtown Norfolk Council suggests using a rideshare program or a pace bike to make your way downtown, but there will also be parking available in the downtown garages for any designated drivers.

Here's a list of the competitors:

  • 219 Bistro
  • 456 Fish
  • The Barrel Room
  • Bearded Bird Brewing
  • Brick Anchor Brew House
  • Gershwin's
  • Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Hair of the Dog, Downtown Norfolk
  • Hell's Kitchen - Norfolk, VA
  • Leones - Italian
  • Pourhouse of Norfolk • La Fin Du Monde
  • Norfolk Seafood Company / Big Easy Oyster Bar and Grill
  • Saint Germain
  • Southern Eats
  • Stripers Waterside

You can find more information on their website.