This unique concept consists of a built-your-own burrito bar with yummy sides to make the perfect lunch or dinner meal. Choose from chicken, steak, pork, boca or veggie as your main ingredient and add toppings like guacamole, beans and rice, salsa, cheese and top with a soft drink and a cookie for a well-balanced meal. You get all this for a decent price and do-it-yourself service so you have no one to blame if your food isn't exactly the way you want it.
A quaint cafe, Crema is located in downtown Norfolk. Great choices in coffee and breakfast specials that include frittata or breakfast sandwiches make it a worthwhile spot to swing by in the morning. Then show back up in the afternoon and feast on dishes like the turkey burger, Itlalian wedding soup, or maybe a grilled cheese sandwich.
300 Monticello Avenue MacArthur Center Norfolk, VA 23510
Johnny Rockets has hit on a winning formula - diner-style hamburgers, shakes and fries at good ole day prices. This particular branch is at the MacArthur Center, making it a convenient drop-by spot on a day's sightseeing. The burgers are made from never-frozen beef and there is a staggering selection, with varying types and amounts of cheese, bacon and condiments. The shakes are legendary and are big enough to share. There is also a kids menu, making Johnny Rockets a great, fast family lunch destination. Call for opening hours.
Located at the Norfolk Waterside Mall, The Mongolian Express is a pleasant and cheap surprise in regards to food court cuisine. For just five books, you can load up a bowl filled with vegetables, fried rice, an assortment of Mongolian cooked meats and a choice of 8 different sauces. They also serve up a draft beer for just $1.25! If your pockets are wearing thin due to your mall indulgences, this is a great place to eat guilt-free.
Hell's Kitchen is as much a concept as it is a restaurant - it is a hip, edgy bar which also serves cuisine that is halfway between restaurant fare and bar food. The prices are decently reasonable - there is a creamy chicken and broccoli alfredo and a hearty sirloin, all for under USD15, as well as a selection of starters, sandwiches and salads for less that USD10. They recently introduced a vegan menu, and there is a selection of daily desserts to choose from. There is live music nightly and the beer selection is above the norm.
Gustos saw the need for Chicago-style pizza in Norfolk and decided to fill the gap. The pizza is good, if not transcendent; it is fast, cheap and tasty. Gustos has an excellent cheap lunchtime deal, where you can get two slices of pizza and a drink for USD5. It also stays late on weekends; perfect for dropping by and picking up a piece when the bars close. Gustos is also available for catering; call for more details.
A small place that can sit about a dozen or so people inside, and may not work so well for large groups like most places. Chocollage can serves sandwiches and other dishes for a great lunch, but they are also known for their deserts. Their Peanut Butter Bomb is as sweet and rich as it sounds.
This unexpected treasure in the heart of Norfolk serves great deli food with an undeniable Mediterranean flair. They serve all-day breakfast, tasty sandwiches, falafel and some great authentic hummus. They also have gyros and kebabs. Everything is reasonably priced and for people with sweet tooths, there is an imaginative selection of desserts, cookies and cakes. Call for opening hours.
Panda Garden is your typical Chinese restaurant with simple decor and traditional cuisine. The food is served in large portions which is great for a next day lunch and the wait staff is extremely friendly. The best bet here is to stick with the popular dishes like Sesame Chicken and Wonton Soup or you could be more adventurous and try some of their more authentic Chinese dishes. Takeout or eat-in available.
If you're looking for a great, fast lunch, using tasty and fresh ingredients, The Gourmet Gang are the people to visit. They have an excellent selection of freshly made sandwiches, salads and wraps along with a good selection of vegetarian options and some sweet treats. Gourmet Gang is also known for their prompt, perfectly prepared catering so consider using them for your next big meeting or event. Call for more details.