It’s been several months since I posted about our breakfast quest. A lot has happened in that time!
We have tried several more restaurants. I’ll try to take these in order:
#7: Next, we tried Café M in Norfolk. Ric’s breakfast (his standard for this hunt) was perfectly cooked, but mine was overdone and dry. I ordered a special that day–a baked French toast thing. However, I have to say that EVERYTHING at Café M was homemade–including the bread. I did not apparently save the receipt (this long?) but it was also one of the less expensive restaurants on our adventure; I think it was around $18. This one is definitely on our try-again list!
#8 was 905 Café & Grill in Norfolk, VA. This was absolutely THE WORST dining experience we’ve had. It took forever to get our coffee, and it was undrinkable. If you know me, you know I can drink sludge pretty happily, so this was not a good start. It also took forever to get our food. Our waitress was new, and they were busy (only 2 wait staff, and ours appeared to be the only one actually working). But the food was horrible, too. The best part of my breakfast was the fried green tomato, which tasted like it was cooked in the same oil that is used to fry the fish. The potatoes were horribly undercooked in places and burnt in others. Nothing was good, and neither Ric nor I finished our small serving sizes. Furthermore, it was the most expensive breakfast we’ve had at about $24 (again, receipt missing). I was actually appalled that we had to pay for that. I do not ever want to eat there again. This place was so bad it actually set a new low-bar.
#9: Shelton’s Big Grill. This restaurant wasn’t on our original list of places we wanted to try–it was an impulse. It turned out to be one of the best breakfasts we’ve had! It’s located in Virginia Beach. Ric’s food was cooked perfectly and very tasty. The French toast was so good I didn’t even add syrup! The place had a friendly, beachy vibe and was fun and comfortable. It’s your classic diner. The total wasn’t bad here, either–I think it was just under $20, and there is a 5% discount if you pay cash (which we did). We were really impressed!
[photo not available; unplanned] #10: Newtowne Inn in Virginia Beach. This was actually not our normal pattern; we went out on a Sunday instead of Saturday. We originally planned to go to Denny’s, but they were packed (no parking), and we had spotted this little hole in the wall on our way, so we backtracked and tried it. “Hole in the Wall” should be taken literally–it was a dive bar! Undaunted, we ordered breakfast anyway. Ric had his standard, and I got an omelet with ham, peppers, and onions (and cheese). We were really surprised that the food was actually pretty good! We didn’t think to take pictures–sorry. It also was reasonably priced at about $20.
We wanted to try at least 10 places that we hadn’t been to before that were local. We’ve accomplished that. We may still experiment and visit some more places, and we have a few on the revisit/re-assess list.