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?
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.
The concept behind Luna Maya in Norfolk was to bring authentic South American recipes passed down from family members to the general public. So far, the product has been a hit with locals and visitors and people can't get enough of this spicy and flavorful cuisine. Try some of the simple and traditional dishes like the tamale Luna Maya or enchiladas de queso and you won't leave dissatisfied.
The Public House is a gastropub in Ghent serving up delicious craft beers, creative cocktails and delectable food. Try all kinds of artisan beers from Belgians to ales, lagers, IPAs and ciders. Food is contemporary, ranging from melt in your mouth duck fat fries to sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and creative entrees. In addition to the beers there is also a good selection of cocktails and wine.
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.
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.
The Freemason Abbey is located in a church that dates back over 130 years. The Freemason Abbey serves up quality seafood, steaks, pastas and more in a classy yet casual environment. Make sure you try the award winning She Crab Soup. Weather for unwinding over a glass of beer or for satiating your hunger, head straight to The Freemason Abbey while in Norfolk.
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.
Entourage offers delicious cuisine and great cocktails. The dance floor has a disco light for a retro feel, though the rest of the club has contemporary decor. You have to dress to impress to be let into this nightclub.
Established in 2010, 219 an American Bistro offers tantalizing American cuisine in its sophisticated ambiance. Guests can gorge on appetizing fares of Alfredo pasta, steaks, fries, crab cakes, scallops, burgers, meatloaf and more. Alcohol lovers can avail of their happy hours, functional on weekdays from 3p to 6:30p. Covered in hues of red and brown, with yellow lighting illuminating it, this place gives out a vibe of elegance. On weekends, guests can drop in for a deletable brunch fare. Located in downtown Norfolk, amidst various tourist spots, this restaurant is an apt place to take a relaxing break from your touring of the city.