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.
Established in 2006, Terrapin Restaurant offers tantalizing American fare blended with contemporary flavors. Coming from a family of restaurateurs, the chef proprietor Rodney Einhorn ensures that all the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, thus offering the best quality food. Enjoy a dinner of Bouilabaisse, beef tenderloin or grouper and accompany it with a cheese or charcuterie. Complement your food with a glass of wine or cocktail from their list. Located within the Pinewood Square shopping center, this restaurant offers a great break from your shopping spree.
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.
Located in Downtown Norfolk, 456 Fish is housed in a building that is over 80 years old. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but they also offer chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian options. Menu items include such dishes as fried oysters, crab cakes, grouper filet and cashew encrusted mahi. The bar also serves up classic and custom cocktails and a comprehensive wine selection.
The Monastery Restaurant serves up a variety of authentic dishes from Eastern European cultures like Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland that will satisfy adventurous and tame eaters alike. Before your meal arrives, you are given delicious and warm home-made bread as you decide between the tasty dishes of veal, duck or seafood. Another great way to start the meal is to order their impressive cheese board, it will get your taste buds revved up for a fantastic meal.
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.
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.
Although Chef Phillip Craig Thomason has traveled to numerous places as a consultant and executive chef, he began the Vintage Kitchen in his hometown. His work and dedication is obvious to those that patronize the Vintage Kitchen due to it's exquisite quality in regards to freshness and flavor and the decor is absolutely breathtaking with unbeatable sweeping views of the river. Many publications are singing the praises of Vintage Kitchen for its slow food movement style and its flawless execution. For those that are really lucky (and have some extra money to spend), you can dine in the private library on the weekends when the restaurant is shut to guests. Reservations are needed in advance for the private tastings as well as recommended for weekly dining.
Omar's Carriage House is an elegantly furnished outpost in the heart of Norfolk's Ghent, welcoming diners to devour appetizing New American grub. The restaurant is set up on a historic site and offers an expansive menu of lunch, dinner and brunch preparations. This Freemason district eatery features Moroccan décor elements, hardwood floors, white-washed brick walls and cozy dining booths, all radiating a convivial vibe. Along with the standard New American preparations, menu also offers a choice of seafood and steak dishes. For Mondays, Omar's has an all-Moroccan bill of fare featuring a fixed three-course dinner and à la carte affair.