Brunch-a-Palooza: 13 of Our Favorite Brunch Places in Downtown Norfolk
Downtown Norfolk knows brunch and knows how to do it right. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of our favorite brunch places in Downtown Norfolk to get your mouth watering and get you ready for Sunday Funday.
215 East Plume Street #100
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at The Stockpot, Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm
With the perfect table tops just made for the ultimate Instagram brunch photo, The Stockpot is a deliciously fresh way to start your day. Plus, there's always mouth-watering baked goods on display at the counters if you want to grab something sweet for later.
Classic Brunch Item: A classic Lox Plate including smoked salmon, horseradish lebneh, hardboiled egg, arugula, tomato slices, rye, capers, and red onion.
Something A Little Different: Fried Rice with brown basmati rice, chicken, carrot, cabbage, red onion, seared kale, tamari-ginger sauce, topped with 2 fried eggs and house kimchi.
250 Granby Street
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at Hair of the Dog, Monday-Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-11pm; Sunday, 7am-8pm
Hair of the Dog has quickly become a favorite in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and we can see why. With generous portions and creative spins on classic comfort foods, it is an ultimate brunch destination.
Classic Brunch Item: The Freemason, a delicious, full breakfast of two eggs, two pancakes, bacon or sausage, and stone-ground grits or house potatoes.
Something A Little Different: The Chicken N' Waffles is to die for, with a fried chicken thigh and candied bacon piled high atop a bacon-infused waffle and covered in sausage gravy and bourbon maple syrup.
759 Granby Street
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at Commune, Monday-Thursday, 8am-3pm; Fri-Sun, 8am-4pm
Farm to table in the heart of the NEON District, Commune has a loyal following, so get there early or expect a bit of a wait.
Classic Brunch Item: Commune's Classic Breakfast Sandwich has classic right in the name, featuring sausage or bacon, a sunny side up egg, sharp cheddar, and organic greens on a sourdough brioche bun.
Something A Little Different: The Spaetzle with diced country ham, mustard greens, diced onion, and fall herbs sautéed with a pan butter sauce and topped with a poached egg is unlike anything else you'll find Downtown.
209 West Freemason Street
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 9:30am-2pm
Speaking of Downtown institutions, the building that currently serves as the Freemason Abbey restaurant was opened in 1873 as a Second Presbyterian Church. Today it is the restaurant that Downtowners know and love, well-known for their She Crab Soup.
Classic Brunch Item: If you want a hearty brunch, the Chicken Biscuit 'n Gravy is for you, with a fried chicken breast and cheddar cheese on a buttermilk biscuit, smothered with milk gravy and served with a side of scrambled eggs.
Something A Little Different: The Seafood Quiche is chock full of shrimp, crab meat, mixed peppers, spinach, and Swiss cheese, topped with hollandaise and served with a side of fresh fruit.
100 East Main Street
Brunch Hours: Saturday, 10am-3pm
A newer addition to the Downtown Norfolk dining scene, Saltine is putting Saturday brunch on the map. Where else in Norfolk can you get a cinnamon bun as big as your head?
Classic Brunch Item: Saltine is known for its great seafood, and its Jumbo Lump Crab Bennie does not disappoint.
Something A Little Different: If you have never tried a Dutch Baby pancake, consider this your prime opportunity. A huge, sweet, puffed-up pancake cooked in its own pan and filled with creme chantilly, apple, and shaved walnuts.
Sunday Brunch is a great time to be at Southern Eats and enjoy that famous fried chicken. There is also a great kids brunch menu for the little ones.
Classic Brunch Item: The My Daddy's Biscuits & Gravy is a classic Southern brunch item that will keep you full. House-made fresh buttermilk biscuits smothered with whole hog sausage cream gravy and served with 2 fried eggs.
Something A Little Different: Sunday is the only day you can get Grandma's Sunday Fried Chicken, brined for 24 hours, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown. Served with potato salad, Granny's Greens, and 2 mini sweet potato biscuits.
One Memorial Place
Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Why not make your brunch a destination? Enjoy delicious food in the bright atmosphere at Wisteria Cafe inside the Chrysler Museum of Art, then enjoy browsing through everything the Museum has to offer! Admission to the Museum is free. Specials at Wisteria rotate regularly and are often inspired by an exhibition on view at the Museum!
Classic Brunch Item: You cannot go wrong with Mini Sweet Potato & Ham Biscuits, an absolute fan-favorite.
Something A Little Different: We love to order the Green Chili Migas, with scrambled eggs and green chilis layered with corn tortillas, and topped with verde sauce and Jack cheese.