I absolutely love traveling in the USA! I’m a firm believer that, even though being exposed to the cultures and people of other countries is an invaluable experience, the significant geographic, cultural, and historical differences within the United States make it worth investing some serious travel miles.
Not too long ago, I got to visit my boyfriend in Norfolk, Virginia and let me tell you, this city is absolutely dreamy – I can’t wait to go back next month!
So today I’d like to talk about some great restaurants and the best places to eat in Norfolk if you want some truly unique experiences.
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Dining Like a Local in Norfolk: Breakfast at Cure
Located in the Freemason district of Downtown Norfolk on beautiful cobblestone streets in a historic building, Cure is absolutely picturesque. Not to mention the one thing that caught my eye the moment we sat at our table: Cure showcases local artists’ dreamy paintings in a gallery-type format on the walls of the shop. And don’t even get me started on their community outreach and engagement!
Cure hosts weekly open mic nights every Thursday at 7pm and offers live music as well as plenty of fun themed events on a regular basis.
Places to Eat in Norfolk: Brunch at Bay Local
We met up with some friends for brunch mimosas before hitting up Virginia Beach and let me tell you something… the Bay Local sorbet mimosas are serious business.
I had a raspberry sorbet mimosa and my BF had the pomegranate – and both were absolutely delicious! These fun concoctions are creamy, cool, and definitely refreshing on a warm Virginia morning.
Dining Like a Local in Norfolk: Dinner at Luce
Luce is a fantastic restaurant with a full bar and lively atmosphere. Here you’ll get to experience some of the more colorful locals, but everyone is so friendly and the drinks are so great, there’s no doubt you’ll have a wonderful time. The BF and I met up with some of his friends for drinks as they were finishing up dinner and they couldn’t stop raving about their meals. I can’t wait to go back and grab a bite to eat at Luce.
Places to Eat in Norfolk: Drinks at St. Germain
The atmosphere in St. Germain is very unique. With its exposed brick and mounted deer heads, you certainly get a grunge vibe, although it caters to a more high-end palate. Our group of five headed to St. Germain after dinner at Luce and our drinks were just as unique and varied as all the personalities present in our group. And with two lawyers, one Marine, one Sailor, and two girlfriends present… I think that says a lot!
Dining Like a Local in Norfolk: Dinner Date at Omar’s Carriage House
When it comes to dining like a local in Norfolk, Omar’s Carriage House is the way to go if you want a very cute restaurant perfect for a quiet date night. The proprietor is a very kind and attentive woman who makes sure you are well taken care of while you dine at her restaurant.
I paired their paella with a sangria (hey, near or far, I’m still Spanish down to my roots) and the BF had a delicious-looking burger. The atmosphere was very cozy and quiet enough for conversation.
Places to Eat in Norfolk: Tea at The Cavelier
To be fair, I wasn’t able to get a reservation during my time visiting Norfolk and Virginia Beach, but I am dying to go back there and hopefully be able to visit The Cavelier for some high tea!
This gorgeous, historic hotel boasts fantastic art, cozy furniture, and a delicious spread of pastries, teas, and finger sandwiches.
I’m so excited to go back to Virginia – I’ll actually be there early July! Have you been to Norfolk? Out of all the great places to eat in Norfolk, what’s your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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With all my love,