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.
The Ten Top serves up fresh and tasty meals that are great for a nice casual night out, to bring to the office or to take home for dinner. The menu is full of salads, sandwiches and flat breads prepared traditional American style. Cheese Tortellini, Turkey Apple Club Sandwich and California Cobb Salad are just some of the delectable menu items. Don't forget to save room for the homemade desserts like Warm Bread Pudding and Cookies. They also have smaller portions and a separate menu section for kids. If you don't have time to eat here, you can always order a takeaway meal or call for home delivery.
Borjo Coffeehouse is where you're likely to find a lot of Old Dominion University students and staff. On the menu board, you'll also find local roasted coffee selections, fruit smoothies, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and salad wraps. To go along with it's support of the the local art and music scene, what coffeehouse would be complete without a great wine selection and beer?
For over 70 years Moseberth's has been serving its famous fried chicken to the Hampton Roads area. Load up on the namesake chicken along with classic sides like fried, coleslaw and hushpuppies. There are also special kids meals and bulk chicken deals available for small and large appetites.
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.
If you're looking to support local coffee businesses or indulge in some fair trade coffee, Elliot's is a fantastic place to visit. Situated in Ghent, this coffee shop has a warm and welcoming ambiance. There is honor-system Wifi, where customers can use the internet and donate a small fee, or make a purchase. It is also a Book Crossing spot so bring an old book in and see what you can find.
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.
Part of a nationwide chain of casual dining restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen is known for their wide selection of pies to choose from on their menu. You can find everything from a Cheeseburger Pizza to a Pesto Chicken. CPK's pastas and soups are also noteworthy, and their prices are quite affordable to boot.
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.
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.
Uncle Al's may claim to have the best grilled hot dogs in America but it also serves up extremely cheap, tasty breakfasts and great daily special meal deals. The hot dogs are what most patrons come for - try the Atlanta 'Slaw' Dog, which comes with homemade coleslaw. Or if you're feeling brave, try the Sloppy Bob, which comes with pickles, mustard, onions, chili AND melted cheese. A great place to pick up a cheap, easy snack in downtown Norfolk.