Brunch Part II

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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Omelets

The Onion Omelet The Green Onion Brunch
The Onion Omelet at The Green Onion
Photo by Ryan Miller

The Onion Omelet at The Green Onion

The Green Onion’s appropriately titled The Onion Omelet is vivaciously filled with smooth spinach, ripe and sweet cherry tomatoes, wild mushrooms, yellow onions and the restaurant’s namesake green onions with melted sharp cheddar. They’re all encased in eggs cooked to a slightly crispy yellow and brown and put on a plate with chopped fruit and sliced bread. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 1603 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-963-1200. Facebook.com/GreenOnionNorfolk —RM

 

Bomblets at Anchor Allie's

A salute to our area’s military might via patriotic posters and dishes slinging lingo like EXW tuna tacos, Anchor Allie’s appeal carries over to aptly named bomblets: three eggs filled with strategic combinations—blackberries and Brie, say, or shrimp, lump crab, provolone and Old Bay—exploding with flavor. Forget ship’s bells, breakfast served all day. Hours vary by location. 4701 Shore Dr., Ste. 117, Virginia Beach. 757-961-1880. 357 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-309-4556. AnchorAllies.com —MM

 

Killer Omelettes at Charlie's American Café

There’s one thing Tom Hanks missed during his visit to Charlie’s back in 2012 when he was filming Captain Phillips: Charlie’s killer omelets. Although Hanks made a wise decision that day (country fried steak over biscuits topped with sausage gravy and over-easy eggs—a dish thereafter would forever be named Tom Hanks Granby Platter), we would have recommended that he try the killer omelets. We’re not sure how Charlie’s makes their three-egg omelets so fluffy and enticing (magic, maybe?), but whatever their secret, and whatever combination of ingredients you choose (country ham, southwestern, fried chicken, Maury cristo, reuben, Cajun or Commodore), it’s going to be one of the best omelets you’ve had, especially when paired with half gallon mimosas. Sundays, Tuesdays–Thursdays 7 a.m.–3 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., 8 p.m.–2 a.m. 4024 Granby St., Norfolk. 757-962-7701. CharliesAmericanCafe.com —AB

 

Global Brunch

 

International Brunch at Streats Restaurant & Bar

Your geography may suffer with Indian Masala Tofu Scramble neighboring Belgian waffles and breakfast burritos bordering Bubble & Squeak on the periodically rotating menu at this friendly little spot that feels more garaged food truck than restaurant, but your taste buds will appreciate your taking them for a spin. Founded as a portal to international street food, Streats also traffics in beer and cocktails and ever-changing homemade bread pudding (like honey-cornbread-butter). Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Drag Brunch the last Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. (advance tickets required). 915 W. 21st St., Norfolk. 757-233-8933. StreatsNorfolk.com —MM

 

Tortilla West

Surprise—Tortilla West does a lot more than 89-cent tacos. Their Mexican-inspired brunch menu features favorites like frittatas, hearty breakfast bowls and huevos rancheros. The dishes pair nicely with the restaurant’s build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, an elaborate station equipped with spices such as chili powder, cayenne pepper, celery salt and habanero powder and a multitude of garnishes including celery sticks, pickled asparagus and at least seven different types of olives stuffed with anything from caper berries to bleu cheese. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. 508 Orapax St., Norfolk. 757-440-3777. Facebook.com/TortillaWest —AB

 

Jade Villa Dim Sum Brunch Global Brunch
Jade Villa's Dim Sum Brunch
Photo by Anne Leonard

Jade Villa's Dim Sum Brunch

Arrive before Jade Villa even opens for brunch, and you’re still likely to wait for a table. Their dim sum is just that good. Similar to tapas, dim sum is a dining style in which food is delivered on small plates or in steamer baskets. The servers roll carts between the aisles, stopping at each table with a rundown of ready-to-serve items like dumplings, sticky rice, pork buns, tofu, you name it. The trick in mastering dim sum is to not order every time the cart rolls around because different dishes are constantly being added to the rotation—easier said than done. Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. 353 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-473-2228 —AL

 

Top Spots To Get Caffeinated

Cafe Stella Top Spots to Get Caffeinated Brunch
Café Stella
Photo by Anne Leonard

Café Stella

With one sip, you’ll quickly realize there’s a sense of soulfulness for coffee at Café Stella. The Norfolk gem is known for their small-batch, in-house, roasted coffee beans and delicious noshes crafted by Stella Pomianek herself. The lavender mocha, in particular, is always a velvety delight with silky foam and the faintest hint of lavender; it’s never too sweet. For the coffee purists, their Clever Drip method for a single serving cup of joe ensures a smooth sip each time. Order a scone, join the buzzing coffee community, and you’ll soon find yourself to be a regular at Stella. Mondays–Fridays 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m.–10 p.m. 1907 Colonial Ave., Norfolk. 757-625-0461. Opening a second location soon at 116 Granby St., Norfolk. CafeStellaRoasters.com —AL

 

Aromas

If you love the smell of coffee, you’ve got perfect timing and the wind is blowing in just the right direction as you walk around City Center in Newport News, you may catch a whiff of fresh coffee beans being roasted in-house at Aromas. Or, you can just go inside and get a cup of your favorite caffeinated concoction, such as a macchiato, latte, Americano, breve, latte, cappuccino, mocha, espresso, café au lait, French press, or the fresh brewed coffees of the day. Mondays–Saturdays 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m.–8 p.m. 706 Town Center Dr., Suite 102, Newport News. 757-240-4650; 431 Prince George St., Williamsburg. 757-221-6676. Aromasworld.com —BB

 

Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie

Tucked away from Norfolk’s hustle and bustle along the cobblestone streets of the Freemason Historic District, Cure serves a delightful mix of cappuccinos, cortados, macchiatos, Americanos and espresso shots, along with a sweet selection of signature lattes like Lavender Mocha, Crème Brulee and Crazelnut. Much more than a café serving coffee, Cure has their own coffee program, exclusively serving Counter Culture Coffee (a relentless pursuit of coffee perfection through a dedication to real environmental, social and fiscal sustainability and a commitment to creating cutting-edge coffee people), and their baristas are trained through Counter Culture’s Counter Intelligence Education Program, resulting in a professionally prepared cup every time. Mondays­–Wednesdays 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Thursdays–Fridays 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays until 2 p.m. CureNorfolk.com —AB

 

Check out Part I and Part III for more brunch.

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