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Best for Families in Norfolk

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Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets has hit on a winning formula - diner-style hamburgers, shakes and fries at good ole day prices. This particular branch is at the MacArthur Center, making it a convenient drop-by spot on a day's sightseeing. The burgers are made from never-frozen beef and there is a staggering selection, with varying types and amounts of cheese, bacon and condiments. The shakes are legendary and are big enough to share. There is also a kids menu, making Johnny Rockets a great, fast family lunch destination. Call for opening hours.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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aLatté Cafe

aLatté is a hip coffee shop with a vibrant atmosphere and a community feel. The coffee shop has a bulletin board with flyers for local art shows and event. From the menu, you can order anything from an Italian Soda to a Chai Tea or a cup of Americano. The coffees are roasted daily and prepared only in small batches to serve only the freshest beverages to patrons. However, if there is something as good as the coffee served here, than it has to be the desserts. Serving an assortment of ice creams, cookies and pastries, the coffee shop is also a great place to bring your kids along and pamper their taste buds. The interior is designed to be relaxing, chic and modern, so you'll feel right at home.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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Tropical Smoothie Café & Deli

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a chain that serves up fresh fruit smoothies and deli snacks like cookies, sandwiches and chips. It is a perfect stop to get a mid-day boost or for something cold and sweet on a hot day. The atmosphere at Tropical Smoothie Cafe is also conducive to children and they offer a wide variety of kid friendly snacks.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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Doumar's Cones & Barbecue

Many believe that Abe Doumar, founder of Doumar's Cones & Barbecue, gave the world its first ice cream cone. Doumar was a traveling salesman retailing paperweights at the famous St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. When an ice cream seller exhausted his stock of paper dishes to hold the ice creams, he got a nearby waffle maker to roll his waffles into cones and thus invented the waffle cone. While not all hold this story true, he certainly popularized the ice cream cone widely. Doumar created this ice cream parlor in Norfolk in 1907, and it continues to roll the cones by hand using the original four-iron waffle machine that he invented. While it shifted premises to the current location in 1934, it still sells ice creams that use early 20th Century recipes and hand-rolling techniques. You can also enjoy delicious hot dogs and vinegar-soaked pork barbecue with desserts like Hawaiian Sunset Sundae and refreshing limeades. This diner feels old-fashioned, complete with a drive-in parking area where you can order and eat in your car. The prices too are from another era and leave you feeling satisfied. You can actually watch them roll the waffle cones by hand, just like in the past. Indeed, you haven't really been to Norfolk until you've eaten at Doumar's.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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Handsome Biscuit

If you're looking for some serious, down home breakfast, then Handsome Biscuit is the perfect place for you. As the name might suggest, the order of the day here are sweet potato biscuits, cut open and piled high with delicious eggs, meats, cheeses and more to make for a monster of a sandwich. Popular sandwiches include the Hella Fitzgerald, with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy, and the A.C. Slawter, with pulled pork, apple slaw and hot sauce.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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YNot Pizzeria

YNot Pizzeria is one of the top picks for pizza and Italian food in the Hampton Roads area. With take-out and delivery available in addition to dining in, there's never an inconvenient time for YNot. Enjoy specialty pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pastas and other classic Italian dishes. There's also a special kids section on the menu, making YNot a perfect option for family dinners.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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No Frill Bar & Grill

In operation since 1987, this restaurant is a casual place for friends and family to meet up and dig into great food and drink. The menu is varied to say the least, with food options ranging from pita breads and burgers to pastas and burritos. Besides the regular menu, they also have a specials menu that changes daily. If the extensive menu leaves you spoiled for choice, don't hesitate to ask the knowledgeable wait staff for recommendations. The staff members are extremely friendly and will gladly help you to decide the best dish for you. If you are looking for a hearty American meal, than there are few options better than No Frill Bar & Grill.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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The Dirty Buffalo

The Dirty Buffalo is one of Norfolk's favorite casual spots to get a drink and a bite to eat and unwind. The restaurant is known for its Buffalo wings, but it also serves other American fare like subs and hot dogs. The quick-service restaurant is open late on weekends to satisfy all your midnight wing cravings.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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Azalea Inn

This Greek and Italian restaurant, located inside the Roosevelt Gardens Shopping Center serves up what some locals call the best pizza around. In addition to good portions and good service, the Azalea Inn also features a game room for the kids. The Azalea Inn is also a lunchtime favorite. Another favorite at the Azalea is the Spanikopita.

Norfolk, VA, United States
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Ocean View Fishing Pier Restaurant

This restaurant, as the name implies, is located on the Ocean View Fishing Pier. Serving all kinds of delectable meals, from the breakfasts to steamers and mouth-watering desserts, The Ocean View Fishing Pier Restaurant has something for everyone. Choices include the Ocean View Bloody Mary Breakfast, with steak, eggs, hash browns and texas toast, the oyster sandwich, Beef Lumpia and She Crab Soup. Check website for schedules.

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