Before hitting boardwalk or hoisting up an umbrella in the hot sand, you’re going to want an authentic Virginia Beach Breakfast to set the tone for your day.
As a lifelong resident of this coastal gem known as Virginia Beach, I’ve searched near and far for the perfect breakfast. From crispy, butter-laden waffles to local catch Benedicts, breakfast here is not just a meal—it’s an experience. Too much? Nay, I say not enough. Breakfast food always deserves more recognition. Dive into this article as I unveil my favorite Virginia Beach breakfast haunts, ones that only true locals know.
In what feels like an old-timey seaside home, the ambiance at Doc Taylor’s is undeniably inviting, with warm hues and rustic decor. On my last visit, I ordered their famous Taylor’s Bloody Mary alongside a scrumptious “Doc Taylor Sandwich.” The flavors were impeccable, the staff was courteous, and the menu prices were reasonable. Doc Taylor’s truly embodies the spirit and charm of Virginia Beach–for both tourists and locals alike.
Pocahontas Pancake House
Pocahontas Pancake House merges culinary creativity with hometown nostalgia. The last time I visited, I was tempted by the wide variety of pancakes but ultimately settled for the decadent Pocahontas Challah Bread French Toast—3 slices of French toast topped with fresh strawberries, pecans, bananas, syrup, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and whip cream. Is it a crime to order French toast at a pancake house? If so, lock me up. Considering the generous portions, the menu prices felt justified and definitely pocket-friendly. It’s right at the oceanfront, too. So if you’re just in town for the weekend, you won’t have to venture far.
Mary’s Kitchen in Virginia Beach is a testament to heartfelt, homemade comfort food. The moment you enter, you’re greeted by an ambiance that feels like a blend of grandma’s kitchen and a seaside diner—warm, welcoming, and undeniably comforting. I ordered Mary’s Feast–with three eggs, three pancakes, two bacon strips, grits, fried green tomatoes, and a biscuit. Believe me, I took some of that home with me. Menu prices are pleasantly reasonable, especially considering all the love that clearly goes into each dish.
The Bee and the Biscuit
The Bee and The Biscuit is tucked in a beautiful cottage, the restaurant offers a delightful fusion of traditional flavors and contemporary flair. On my visit, I tried the Bravacado Benedict because I’m a sucker for avocado, and it was everything I hoped for. The ambiance, with its rustic décor and ambient lighting, exudes warmth and coziness. While the prices are a touch on the higher side, the unparalleled quality and unforgettable flavor justify every penny. A must-visit for food enthusiasts!
Citrus in Virginia Beach is a sunny oasis, epitomizing fresh, vibrant flavors. With bright decor and lots of natural lighting, the vibes were unmatched. On my visit, I couldn’t resist trying their much-raved-about Citrus Pancakes, infused with a hint of orange zest and topped with fresh berries. The portions are hearty, and the prices, while slightly on the higher side, felt justified. Even with a bit of a wait to get in, Citrus was totally worth it. You can also find Citrus at two locations–one in Great Neck and one near Shore Drive!
Sunrise Cafe in Virginia Beach is a true breakfast haven with a small-town-diner feel. The ambiance is cozy and casual, with a touch of low-key coastal charm. I highly recommend the Breakfast Burrito: scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cheese in a flour tortilla, covered with salsa, and served with a side of hash browns. The prices were affordable, and with an expansive menu, you can get exactly what you’re craving.
Sunnyside Cafe and Restaurant
Sunnyside Cafe and Restaurant is a must-visit. Located conveniently right of Atlantic Avenue, bathed in natural light, with an outdoor patio, they already have my vote for ambiance. On my last visit, I chose the “French Toast Combo,” which came with four thick French toast pieces, two eggs, crispy bacon & pork sausage links. The portion was generous, guaranteeing a full belly before your day of VB activities. Prices are moderate, striking a balance between quality and value, making it a pleasant surprise for first-timers and a reliable
Bay Local Eatery
Bay Local in Virginia Beach is a delightful blend of rustic charm and gourmet flair. Embracing a farm-to-table approach, its ambiance is sprinkled with local artifacts, creating a cozy and authentic atmosphere. On my last visit, I had their iconic “Just Right,” the Bay Local take on shrimp and grits. When my friends and I are looking for the perfect place to grab breakfast mimosas and a hearty meal, Bay Local is our go-to. You can find Bay Local at three locations: Shore Drive, General Booth, and Laskin Road!
The Bagel Baker
Given that bagels are my all-time favorite breakfast food, I’m ecstatic to report that The Bagel Baker is phenomenal. This family-owned bagel shop epitomizes the perfect union of authenticity and flavor. My go-to order is the “5th Avenue” sandwich. It has oven-roasted turkey, hardwood smoked bacon, egg, and American cheese all on a fresh poppy seed bagel. The Bagel Baker is a must-try for any bagel enthusiast in Virginia Beach.
Looking for something a little lighter? Nestled just a short distance from the oceanfront, at May’s Parlor, you’ll find freshly brewed coffee and a selection of scrumptious pastries. On my last visit, I had a cappuccino paired with a buttery almond croissant. While it’s technically a bakery, you’ll also find some more substantial fare like sandwiches and quiche. The ambiance creates a cozy nook perfect for conversations or even a good book. A true gem!
Make it a Virginia Beach Breakfast!
After traveling near and far in search of the best breakfast in Virginia Beach, I can’t pick a winner. Sorry. They’re all winners in my heart. From decades-old family-run establishments to new culinary innovators, you really can’t go wrong. So, next time dawn finds you in Virginia Beach, remember the insider’s guide to starting your day right. Here’s to sunrises, breakfast food, and my beloved beach town!