This is a highly rated, classic, barbecue joint—people are calling this the best barbecue in the Hampton Rhodes area. (And that really is saying something). Just about everything at Johnson’s BBQ is under ten dollars, so if you want something delicious, Southern, and for a fair price—this is the place to go. The menu is simple and includes pork sandwiches, slaw, baked beans, ribs, brisket, potato salad, collards and many, many more fantastic delicacies. The people there are friendly and know what they do and how to do it well. It began in 1954, and has been mighty successful ever since. Serve yourself up a great experience at Johnson’s BBQ!
The rollicking sounds of blues artists headlining the two stages of the restaurant’s performance venue filter through this barbecue hot spot. It features spice-rubbed meats served up with a selection of homestyle sides. The menu centers on hickory-smoked beef, seasoned and smoked pork, and rubbed and grilled chicken and ribs that are steeped in spices, like Marco Polo’s scrapbook. The restaurant outfits tables with a selection of spicy, savory, and slightly sweet sauces, allowing patrons to customize heat levels on entrees or provide a flavorful accompaniment to fried pickles, baskets of corn bread, or Mojo pit beans.
With their in-house smoker and closely guarded recipes for spice rubs, Belmont House of Smoke gradually coaxes out rich flavors and tender texture from brisket, ribs, and award-winning wings. Pit masters stand guard over smokers as slabs of meat and beer-can chickens soak up flavorful vapors from a bed of blazing hickory embers. Guests gather around tables in the two-story dining room to share meals and toast beers poured from one of two separate bars. After meals, friends can play a game of pool or take live tunes from artists throughout the week.
This modest little deli chain will make you forget all about Subway. With perfect ratings on both Yelp and Urbanspoon, the people have spoken: Sam’s Texas Sub Shop is awesome. The walls inside will also remind you exactly how popular this place is, as they’re lined with pictures of former patrons wearing t-shirts with the Sam’s logo in a variety of locales. Just one bite and you’ll become a fan as well. There is a dizzying array of options to choose from, but the Black & Blue sandwich seems to be a favorite. The non-sub offerings, including chili and macaroni salad, have also drawn much praise.
Dog-N-Burger Grille has a variety of savory selections; everything from Philly Cheesesteaks to ribs to wraps. You haven’t lived till you’ve tried their signature curly fries – they’re finger-licking good. The condiment choices are awesome - with freshly cut veggies and dressing sauces that complement the taste of the patty for a sublime burger experience. Their freshly-brewed tea is a perfect way to wash down that generous portion. It’s no wonder Dog-N-Burger Grille has been a Norfolk family-favorite for years.
With flavors as unique as its business model, Malbon Bros. Corner Market complements eco-friendly, soft-touch car washes with family barbecue recipes developed on the Malbon family farm in 1923. A wall-size pig mural splashed across the eatery's façade announces a spread of pulled pork and ribs that make mouths water from behind a classic red-tiled counter. Breakfast items, creamy slaw, and a duo of signature sauces segue into the offerings supplied by a fully stocked convenience store nearby.
As the other draw at Malbon Bros., car-wash bays peek out from a crimson-framed glass structure containing twirling red and blue brushes designed to knock away road grime with minimal water use. The brushes' gentle taps work in tandem with a Blue Coral Beyond Green program, which ensures contaminant-free cleanings, and Rain-X solutions, which repel the outpourings of emotional clouds from glass surfaces.