The best Mexican food in Norfolk–far and away, in my opinion–is quite possibly adding a new location in Ghent. Jessy’s is moving forward with plans to take over 328 Tequila on W. 20th Street.
(Luna Maya is the best at some kind of Latin food, but it’s not exactly Mexican. Props to Tortilla West for everything but their 75 cent tacos, which are worth more-or-less what they cost.)
The original Jessy’s in Ocean View is celebrating its 12-year anniversary this month. While they’ve long been worth the trip from anywhere in Hampton Roads, this would be a reason to celebrate for the south side of Norfolk.
“Our focus is simple, made from scratch; recipes from my mom, grandmas, and aunts,” said Jessy’s owner, Jorge Romero Fonseca, a native of Mexico City.
According to the application filed with the Norfolk Planning Commission, the establishment is slated to stay open to 2am, which would immediately make this my go-to late night sober up spot for the greater Downtown Norfolk area. The restaurant would keep the 328 Tequila name to start, eventually, hopefully, transitioning to the Jessy’s name we’ve all come to know and trust.
“It’s the kind of food I’d look for every time I went back to Mexico City,” said Fonseca. “At the heart of it is street food. When we want to add to the menu we go back to family members to see how they would do things.”