Breakfast/Brunch » Virginia Beach, VA

Breakfast/Brunch in Virginia Beach, VA

From classic breakfast staples to more creative fare, the morning meal seems to be a Virginia Beach specialty. Atmosphere, good food, and even good drinks can be found at all of these locales.
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Doc Taylor's

The history behind Doc Taylor’s lends to the restaurant’s appeal.  The building was originally a pink hotel near Virginia Beach’s oceanfront and was later used as a residence and doctor’s office by its namesake Doctor Taylor.   Now a restaurant serving up classic breakfast fare at affordable prices, locals flock to Doc Taylor’s for its delicious food and comfortable atmosphere.  Nothing here is fancy, but all of the food is delicious and prepared quickly.  As much as locals love the food and vibe of the place, the legendary Bloody Mary’s also attract many loyalists.  Aside from the crowds waiting outside, Doc Taylor’s can be hard to find, but don’t let that or the lengthy wait times deter you.  The Doc Taylor’s experience is a Virginia Beach must!

Beach Bagel Bakery

Whether you’re looking for a quicker breakfast option or simply experiencing a carb craving, Beach Bagel Bakery is the ideal pick.  Billing itself as a healthier alternative to fast food, the bagels here are made from scratch with all-natural ingredients on premises daily.  Bagel options range from your traditional plain and cinnamon raisin to a little more unique with jalapeno cheddar and sundried tomato.  And although bagels are obviously the specialty of this café, other bread choices are available.   Plus you have your pick of various cream cheeses, meats, veggies, and other toppings, allowing you to create your own custom meal.  Each selection is made-to-order right in front you.  Carry-out is popular here, but the dining room is large and WIFI is free if you’d rather hang out there.

Mary's Restaurant

Mary’s Restaurant has been a Virginia Beach staple for more than 40 years.  As such, it seems to exude classic Virginia Beach.  On a typical morning, you are sure to be dining amongst lifeguards about to start their shifts, surfers stopping in after their morning rides, and other locals who have been flocking to this place for years.  Mary’s success has as much to do with its atmosphere as the delicious, affordable, quick breakfast classics it serves.  From omelets to pancakes and every other breakfast staple, Mary’s food is not necessarily creative, but dependable.  Typically, the daily specials offer some more unique choices.  When heading into Mary’s Restaurant, you can be sure you are not stepping into a tourist trap but instead into a real locals’ favorite.

Big Sam's Inlet Cafe

A small shack nestled amongst the fishing boats on Rudee’s Inlet, Big Sam’s serves up classic breakfast choices in the laid back vibe it is known for.  The dress code at this place seems to be flip flops and tanks with patrons coming to hang out, nurse their hangovers, and get some grub (and probably a few drinks) before heading to the beach for the day.  In fact, Big Sam’s even offers a morning Happy Hour with discounted Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and others from 7 until 11.  As inviting as the vibe is, the food alone is worth a trip to Big Sam’s.  Big Sam’s has a few specialties featuring fresh seafood available for breakfast, and the pancakes are consistently voted as Virginia Beach’s best.  

Jewish Mother

This Virginia Beach landmark just recently left its oceanfront home of over 30 years for a brand new home just 2 miles from the original.  While the new residence doesn’t have the same graffiti walls and nostalgia of its former home, the Jewish Mother’s new location is large, clean, and serves up the same favorites that have attracted locals (and tourists) for years.   Aside from the breakfast classics, the Jewish Mother also offers about 15 specialty omelets such as the Cajun seafood and “Sadie’s Delight” stuffed with pastrami and Swiss cheese.  As the name implies, some traditional Jewish food including potato pancakes, blintzes, and lox also make an appearance on the menu.  The menu is a bit pricey, but the serving sizes are accordingly massive.