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Once I stepped through Gershwin’s doors, I was immediately transported back to the swingin’ ‘40s, surrounded by a whirlpool of black and gold and one swanky bar. My husband and I were seated upstairs right above the stage where a gal’s velvety voice travelled throughout the restaurant.

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It’s Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week, which means participating restaurants offer delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at wallet-friendly prices. After some contemplating over the impressive Norfolk restaurants offering specials this week, we picked Gershwin’s on Granby Street.

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An order of their tableside smoked whiskeys kicked off the evening, but I won’t spill the beans here (there’s more to come on this in our April issue). I chose from the $25 menu and ordered their chunky pimento cheese and eggplant parmesan over penne. Cody ordered from their $35 menu with mussels nestled in an herbaceous broth to start then a seafood platter over risotto for his entree. Though we were quite satiated, we looked ahead to course three: the Dessert of the Day.

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This whipped chocolate perfection was the sweetest possible ending to my cheese-heavy meal. The fluffy chocolate mousse was whipped with Frangelico giving it an even richer consistency than I expected. Reminiscent of silky milk chocolate, the mousse was also delightfully nutty and topped with semisweet chocolate shavings. Whenever the mousse became too cloying, the raspberry sauce along the outskirts provided a tart escape that was seedy and purely delicious on its own.

With the final bite of mousse, we surrendered our spoons, just in time for a light dusting of snow to scatter across Norfolk.

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There’s still time to indulge on this magical mousse along with other nibbles throughout Norfolk. Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, January 24. Two-course lunch menus are offered for $12, and three-course dinner menus are offered for $25, $35 or $40. View the complete list of participating restaurants here.

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