Whether you’re excited by the gleam of a new dawn or still waking up after a late night, there is no better way to begin your day than with a morning feast. From soft shell crab-topped bloody Marys to all the eggs and bacon you can handle, we’re brunch lovers through and through. With no shortage of options, here are some of our favorite places to brunch in Virginia Beach.
Bay Local has been a local favorite since it first set up shop in the Chesapeake Bay District. In fact, the love grew so quickly, they’ve now opened a second location near the Oceanfront. You can’t go wrong with any of their Bennies, but we are partial to the Crab Cake Bennie for its fresh local flavor. Of course, washing it down with a soft shell crab-topped Bloody Blue or a fresh-squeezed orange crush is an absolute must. And don’t miss out on the parmesan tots.
Located Inland, Citrus is also flipping their flapjacks out of two locations, and they’re doing it with style. Once featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” this has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Try the “Citrus Style Pancakes” for a fruity take on a brunch staple. Their signature Bloody Mary with an Old Bay rim will make for the perfect brunch pairing.
Press Wine Bar, off of Shore Drive in the Chesapeake Bay District, sources organic, local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to go wrong no matter when you eat here. With options like Fried Oysters Benedict and NOLA Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, their Sunday Brunch menu is one of our favorites. They also offer a good selection of healthier options like Eggplant Caponata and Grits, Avocado Toast, and Cast Iron Skillet Vegetarian Frittata, so this place has something for everybody.
Swing into your day with brunch and a couple rounds of TopGolf. If you’ve never been to TopGolf, you definitely need to give this game a try. No matter how high your handicap is, TopGolf has a variety of games that are enjoyable for any skill level. We like going early - the rounds are cheaper before noon, the crowds are smaller, and their brunch is killer. The chicken and waffle sliders and a couple of classic mimosas are enough to power us through a round or two.
Step back in time to our country’s Golden Era with brunch and a morning cocktail at the vintage naval-themed Anchor Allie’s Bistro, with two locations, Chesapeake Bay District and Town Center. For a unique take on an omelet, we recommend their Bridge “Bomblette,” which combines seasonal local berries with creamy brie and a drizzle of honey, making for the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Their breakfast cocktails change regularly, but we have yet to try one we haven’t loved.
Java Surf, located at the Oceanfront, is a great spot for everything from a fresh cup o’ Joe to brunch fit for King Neptune himself. With their focus on locally sourced, organic ingredients, Java Surf is about as fresh as it can get for your mid-morning grub-fest. The open-faced bagel melts are a go-to for us. Try “The Lighthouse” and experience meat and cheese Nirvana topped with the sweet and spicy kick of Sriracha. How can you go wrong with that? To keep the theme of freshness going, there’s just something about their fresh-squeezed OJ that keeps us coming back for more.
For soul-satisfying fare that gives a nod to our Southern culinary roots, look no further than the Oceanfront, where you’ll find Doc Taylor's. This one-time doctor's home serves up delicious comfort breakfast and lunch food, Bloody Marys and mimosas. This spot is such a locals' favorite, that the menu features several items named for regular customers.
Operating out of a charming 1919 cottage in the Pungo Agricultural District, The Bee & the Biscuit is one of our favorite places to go for a heart southern brunch. It’s no wonder their house-baked items, local flaky, buttery biscuits and Fresh Pie of the Day are an absolute must. You also can’t go wrong with any of their layered mason jar desserts, like salted caramel brownie or peaches and cream, especially when ordering to-go. Wash it all down with a delicious iced hazelnut vanilla latte.
In the Chesapeake Bay area, Simple Eats maintains a locally-sourced philosophy, with mouth-watering options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With delicious ingredients that are as fresh as they get, both of these farm-to-table eateries are as good for the body as they are for the belly. With bloody Mary and mimosa flights, this is one of our favorite spots for brunch drinks, too.
Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s always time for brunch at Brunch House. With a creative list of breakfast cocktails, like the spicy Tomatillo Mary and Raspberry Lemonade Mimosa, and filling options like chicken and grits with roasted garlic and champagne sauce, slow-roasted pork belly and eggs, and “eggsagna” with eggs, hash browns, and ground turkey sausage gravy, this place is as fun as it is delicious.