Brunch Part I

Delightful And Delicious, Boozy and Boujie, Classic And Comforting—These Local Brunches Make It A Whole Lot Easier To Rise And Shine

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Here in Coastal Virginia, brunch options come as varied as garnishes for Bloody Marys. From bountiful buffets to beautiful benedicts, greasy spoons to gorgeous grits, fantastic French toast, a marvelous mimosa selection and everything in between, we've rounded up some of the best brunch spots in our region in Part I, Part II and Part III. In Part I, we cover Brunch With a View, Diner-Style, Best Buffets, Jazzed Up Waffles, Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, Upscale Options, Fantastic French Toast and Brunch + Entertainment. So, grab a fork, knife, spoon, coffee cup, champagne flute and a hearty appetite—brunch is served.


Brunch With a View


The Chamberlin

Built in the Roaring ’20s, The Chamberlin sits on historic Fort Monroe, overlooking Old Point Comfort, where the Chesapeake Bay meets the James River. Once considered one of the most opulent hotels in the nation, the storied building now serves as a senior living facility. Fortunately for us, they still are open to the public when it comes to their Grand Sunday Brunch. Enjoy the soup and salad bar, the seafood bar, breakfast station with all the sides you love, omelet station, waffle bar, Chef’s table, carving station and dessert display. Although the ambiance feels nostalgic and formal, the dress code is semi-casual (no jeans or tank tops). Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 2 Fenwick Rd., Hampton. 757-637-7200. —BB


Riverwalk Restaurant Brunch With a View Benedict Arnold
Benedict Arnold at Riverwalk Restaurant
Photo by Jim Pile

Riverwalk Restaurant

Enhance your mid-day meal by feasting your eyes on an expansive view of the York River at Riverwalk Restaurant. Look left to take in the Coleman Bridge, across the river to Gloucester, right to observe where the mouth of the York meets the Chesapeake Bay ... or down to appreciate the scrumptious sight on your plate. Specialties like Salmon & Tomato Hash or Benedict Arnold, a riff on the traditional dish including lump crab cakes, have this place looking good all around. Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 323 Water St., Suite A-1, Yorktown. 757-875-1522. —MMS


Waterman’s Surfside Grille

Sun, sand, surf, ships on the horizon. Runners, bikers, Frisbee flingers, and huffing-puffing-giggling families pedaling surreys. The jigsaw puzzle pieces of carefree beach life interlock as you watch from the boardwalk-hugging, all-season patio or multilevel, weathered wood interior of “Virginia’s Original Crush House” (as in Orange Crush: juice, orange vodka, Triple Sec and splash of Sprite). Of course, jewelry, handbags and more at upmarket Beach Nut Gift Shop inside make a pretty panorama while awaiting omelets and pancakes, too. Sundays 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 415 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-428-3644. —MM




The Belvedere Coffee Shop

Some mornings call for a hearty plate, with the quantity of grease directly corresponding to the level of debauchery the evening prior. Settle in at the counter or a booth at The Belvedere, a welcoming Oceanfront icon, and let a short order cook provide the cure with favorites like The Eye Opener—a fried egg topped with ham or bacon, cheese and fried tomatoes with parmesan served on an onion roll—or a quarter-pound burger with a side of onion rings. The only thing not offered is judgment. Daily 7 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Inside The Belvedere Beach Resort, 3601 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. 757-425-0613. —MMS


D’Egg Diner

Diners are just about as American as baseball and apple pie, and D’Egg is certainly a staple in Norfolk. They’ve got a menu to tout about, with breakfast specials such as D’Feast where you can eat your weight in pancakes or French toast with add-on fillings such as strawberry cheesecake, three eggs any style you want and side dishes of your choice. The diner also has their own juicer for freshly squeezed orange juice and their Juice’d mixtures. Served daily from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. 204 E. Main St. and 1170 Lexan Ave., Norfolk. 757-626-3447 (d’Egg Diner Downtown) and 757-423-3447 (d’Egg West). —RM


Little Dog Diner Diner-Style Brunch
Little Dog Diner
Photo by Jim Pile

Little Dog Diner

“We get very, very, very busy on weekends,” says a waitress sweetly, hair piled atop her head in a bun. “Food can take an hour because everything’s made fresh.” So come early to this corrugated canteen to scarf down just-baked biscuits and corned beef hash. Or pass the time sipping sorbet mimosas. Snag a laminated counter stool to catch kitchen pass-through bustle, or people-watch from the front patio where you can dine with your own little dog. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1917 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-333-4137. —MM


Best Buffets

Schlesinger's Opus 9 Best Buffets Brunch
Photo by Jim Pile

Schlesinger’s and Opus 9

You may not think “brunch buffet” when considering meal options at two of the finest, multi-award-winning steakhouses on the Peninsula (both owned by Steve Lewis), but this could very well change your mind. Choose from a carving station featuring two selections each week, rotating between prime rib, whole roasted turkey, fresh baked ham or loin of pork. Other hot offerings include a Belgian Waffle and Omelet Station with all the fixings you could ever want. You’ll also find warm sides such as eggs, veggie frittatas, bacon, sausage, cheese grits, home fries, sautéed vegetables and fresh seafood. Sundays 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Schlesinger’s Steakhouse: 1106 William Styron Square S., Newport News. 757-599-4700. Opus 9 Steakhouse: 5143 Main St., Williamsburg. 757-645-4779. —BB


HK on the Bay

Brunch with bae is so much better when it’s on the bay. Come to think of it, everything’s better on the bay. Maybe that’s why we’re so smitten with HK on the Bay’s Sunday Brunch buffet, complete with a custom omelet station, she-crab soup, biscuits and gravy, bagels, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit. After brunch, wander several hundred feet down to Chic’s Beach and make a lazy Sunday of it. Sundays 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 4600 Lookout Rd., Virginia Beach. 757-605-3024. HKOnTheBay.comAB


Swan Terrace Grill

Enjoy a mimosa and soothing music from The Founders Inn and Spa’s resident pianist while savoring a feast of fresh seafood, locally grown fruits and vegetables and a carving station that is unmatched on the Southside. Delectable deserts? You better believe it, painstakingly crafted by the in-house pastry chefs. Sundays 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach. 757-366-5777. —BB


Jazzed Up Waffles


Lobster Waffle at Omar’s Carriage House

Once you’ve had the lobster waffle at Omar’s, it’s hard to think about ordinary waffles ever again. There’s nothing dense about this waffle. Rather, it’s light, airy and buttery, created from a pressed puff pastry. Inside, there’s chunks of lobster, and on top, sherry cream seeps into each luscious, sunken square. The succulent confection sits atop a bed of wilted arugula, splashed with lemon, adding a citrusy balance to this otherwise richly splendid dish. Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 313 West Bute St., Norfolk. 757-622-4990. —AB


Chicken & Waffle at Public House

Are you all about combining sweet and savory? Well, grab a fork and dig in—this chicken and waffle from Public House brings five phenomenal layers of flavor. A hearty Belgian waffle cradles a substantial piece of fried chicken, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy inside. A fried egg rests on top, just waiting for that bright, yellow yolk to be broken. Next is a layer of house-made apple slaw, followed by a syrupy blueberry compote, drizzling down each incredible layer. Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 1112 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-227-9064. —AB


Waffletina Jazzed Up Waffles Brunch


Just when you thought waffles were simply capped with fresh fruit and whipped cream, think again. Waffletina transforms your waffle perceptions, topping them with everything from pulled pork and pickles, to maple meringue and candied pecans. That’s right, choose your team—savory or sweet, or both. One thing’s for certain: There’s no wrong waffle at Waffletina. Norfolk-based pop-up, and soon-to-be brick and mortar, they might be at The Birch one week, and another week, they'll be slingin’ waffles at local breweries like Commonwealth or O’Connor. Wherever the location, bring an appetite. Reservations not required. Schedule posted under Events tab on Facebook. —AL

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