But First, Brunch: 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.

1. Four Eleven York

411 West York Street
757-963-7000
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10:30am-3pm

If you want brunch and you're feeling a little fancy, the Restaurant at Four Eleven York is the place to be. There's beautiful outdoor patio space just begging for you to sip a mimosa on.

Classic Brunch Item: A brunch favorite for both the taste buds and Instagram likes, Four Eleven York’s version of Avocado Toast features their house made avocado spread on multi-grain bread.

Something A Little Different: The Maryland Crab Benedict with decadent hollandaise and perfectly poached eggs. 

 

2. The Stockpot

215 East Plume Street #100
757-227-3337
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at The Stockpot, Monday-Thursday, 7am-3pm; Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-4pm

Located in the Selden Market, 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 homemade Belgian Pearl Sugar Waffle with plenty of butter and maple syrup.

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.

 

3. Hair of the Dog

250 Granby Street
757-500-7435
Brunch Hours: It's always brunch at Hair of the Dog, Wednesday- Sunday, 9am-6pm

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. 

 

4. Slide Thru #FAM

208 E Main St #102
757-453-5904
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11am-5pm

Slide Thru #FAM serves up their signature sliders, pancit, and crave-worthy lumpia all week inside Selden Market, but on Sundays, they offer up some amazing special brunch items. Be sure to check their Instagram or Facebook to see what's new!

Classic Brunch Item: You can count on delicious fried Chicken in a Biscuit to kick off your Sunday each week at Slide Thru #FAM's brunch. 

Something A Little Different: Lumpia, but for breakfast! Brekkie Lumpia is filled with bacon, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and hash browns and served with bacon country gravy. 

 

5. Brick Anchor Brew-House

241 Granby Street
757-431-7063
Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday (and Holidays), 11am-3pm

Steampunk vibes and lots of beer to choose from make Brick Anchor Brew-House a solid brunch destination.

Classic Brunch Item: The “Brickfest Burrito” features 3-eggs scrambled, ham, bacon, pico de gallo, hash browns and sour cream wrapped in a flour tortilla with avocado cream on top. 

Something A Little Different: A twist on a traditional favorite, Banana Nut French Toast topped with horchata syrup and candied pecans.

 

6. Cork & Co. Wine & Martini Bar

244 Granby Street
757-251-2723
Brunch Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm

With a relaxed and casual atmosphere and focus on quality food, Cork & Company will have you wanting brunch every day of the week. 

Classic Brunch Item: When that steak and eggs craving hits, Cork & Co. has you covered with a 6 oz. NY strip with fingerling potatoes and loaded eggs.

Something A Little Different: Fresh fish is the star of this new brunch favorite, fried fish with jalapeno cheddar grits. 

 

7. CommuneXCROP

759 Granby Street
757-962-2992
Brunch Hours: Tue – Sunday 11am – 7pm

CommuneXCROP is a must try brunch experience in the NEON District based on a first-of-its-kind culinary concept that mentors young culinary students and features delicious, sustainable food.   

Classic Brunch Item: Check out their Folded Country Ham Sandwich with Edward’s country ham, choice of cheddar or pimento cheese, chives, two folded eggs and seasonal greens on a sourdough brioche bun. 

Something A Little Different: The Brisket Bowl will fill you up until dinner with Carolina Gold fried rice, smoked brisket, fried farm egg, spicy cabbage slaw, smoked peanut salsa, sweet potato puree and charred corn. 

 

8. Omar's Carriage House

313 West Bute Street
757-622-4990
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10am-2pm

Eclectic and delectable, Omar's Carriage House is such a fun spot for brunch and an institution Downtown. And really, truffle fries are perfect for any time of day.

Classic Brunch Item: Who doesn't love waffles for brunch? Omar's has a few different waffle options for you to try, like the loaded waffle with bananas, strawberries, and nutella or even lobster.

Something A Little Different: We've got to go with the Moroccan Tagine here, poached eggs in chermoula (a light tomato sauce) with merguez (lamb sausage) and breakfast potatoes.

 

9. Freemason Abbey

209 West Freemason Street
757-622-3966
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 11am-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.

 

10. Saltine

100 East Main Street
757-763-6280
Brunch Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

A welcome addition to the Downtown Norfolk dining scene, Saltine is putting 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 Blue Crab Bennie does not disappoint. 

Something A Little Different: Who knew a delicious cinnamon bun could be even more delicious served up as French toast? Served with vanilla icing, pecans and berries.

 

11. Cafe Milo

217 Grace Street
757-937-2190
Brunch Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-3pm

This cozy nook of a restaurant is owned by veterans of Michelin-starred New York restaurants. A must try! 

Classic Brunch Item: The BEC - bacon, egg, and cheddar on a soft potato bun. Yum!

Something A Little Different: The All Wrapped Up burrito is filled with soyrizo tofu scramble, black beans, sweet potatoes and avocado cilantro sauce. So healthy, and so delicious. 

 

12. Southern Eats

435 Monticello Avenue
757-937-3957
Brunch Hours: Sunday, 10am-3pm

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. 

13. Glass Light Hotel & Gallery Restaurant

201 Granby Street
757-222-3033
Brunch Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6:30am-10am

The restaurant of the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery will indulge your senses with its artistic, open setting and French inspired dishes from Michelin starred chef Serge Gouloumes. 

Classic Brunch Item: The pancake breakfast is a fluffy crème-topped souffle style that doesn’t even need syrup to be enjoyed. Served with caramelized banana, candied walnuts and whipped ricotta. 

Something A Little Different: Be transported to the French countryside when you dine on a Croque Madame with gruyere, country ham, sunny side egg, potato hash and a baby green salad.