Cena offers time-strapped families and plan-aheaders quick, economical, and delicious dinner options good to take home or on vacation. While the menu changes every two weeks, current offerings include the stuffed beef tenderloin, rolled with fresh spinach, roasted, peppers, and mozzarella, while a mango cilantro sauce and fresh peppers and onions top the hearty Caribbean chicken. Each half-sized entree from Cena's rotating menu feeds three people. Cena also features a small Bolivian river's worth of wines, and the well-informed staff will happily assist part-time winos in choosing a suitable bottle to pair with your meal or C-SPAN marathon. The crisp, fruity notes of Maso Canali pinot grigio agreeably complement Cena's pork tenderloin in shallot sauce, while the floral tones of L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin blanc go gorgeously with the mahi-mahi fish tacos, like hot dogs sitting in the bleachers of a hot-dog-eating contest.
Located in one of the most historic buildings on Granby Street, Charlie's Cafe has helped Norfolk stomachs maintain radio silence with breakfast and lunch for more than a decade. The café whips its eggs with a milkshake machine, then re-jiggers them into a dozen different omelets, such as the chorizo-infused southwestern omelet topped with habanero salsa ($8.49) or the everything-it-can-hold Mom's omelet ($7.99). A.M. athletes, meanwhile, can carbo-load before their big eating contest with a hearty helping of chocolate-chip pancakes ($4.49). Otherwise, celebrate finally finishing your cubicle's escape tunnel with a mid-day Charlie’s Special burger loaded with sautéed mushrooms, onions, bacon, and american cheese ($6.99) . Vegetarians can join in the feeding frenzy with tofu scrambles ($6.99), veggie melts ($6.99), or the greek omelet's blend of black olives, feta, and artichokes ($7.99).
Azar's Natural Foods caravans the Mediterranean to bring back healthy recipes drawing from Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, and Moroccan lands. The menu includes a vast variety including ample vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and seafood dishes. An earthy and relaxing décor sets the tone to dine on dishes such as maza—an appetizer plate overflowing with hummus, baba gannouj, tabbuli, stuffed grape leaves, plus dip-worthy olives, tomatoes, pickles, pita bread, ($12.95)—and stuffed eggplant, which encapsulates ground beef, pine nuts, and onions under a smooth tomato sauce ($13.95). Other delectable edibles include kebab dinners consisting of two skewers threaded through grilled vegetables ($8.95), chicken ($13.95), beef ($14.95), or a combination of all three ($15.95).
3Way Cafe serves up bistro-style lunch fare with a tripartite menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Bread-based eats unify disparate ingredients into a single, edible empire, including the Figgy Piggy's assembly of tender herb-roasted pork, baby spinach, gouda, roasted tomatoes, pesto aioli, and a tangy fig glaze ($7.49).
The sandwichsmiths at Grace Street Grill stuff authentic Amoroso rolls shipped in from Philadelphia with succulent cheesesteak to concoct a smorgasbord of savory sandwiches. Triumphant slices of grilled beef parade down the pepper steak philly sandwich ($6.75 for a regular) beneath a shower of sautéed green pepper and onion ticker tape. In the kitchen, cooks wash a slab of grilled chicken in succulent barbecue sauce to create the barbecue chicken philly ($6.75 for a regular), while fistfuls of french fries or sweet potato fries ($1.95 each) emerge from the fryer crispier than a deep-fried autumn leaf. Grace Street Grill also caters to the most important meal of the day with an arsenal of breakfast sandwiches ($2.75+) served on a choice of four breads with a rousing bugle reveille on the side.
Time Lounge's drink slingers furnish chalices with a wide selection of libations, and tapas-crafting cooks whip up a full menu of small-portioned finger foods and entrees, all within a tri-level nightclub emanating the sounds of live DJs and musical acts. Muffle atonal stomach squeals on the dance floor with a starter of battered onion rings ($1.95) or Wings for John, served at custom levels of spiciness ($5.75). Heartier spreads include 10-inch brick-oven pizzas ($5–$8), pastas ($6.50), and seafood snacks, such as spicy-tuna bites ($7.50). The steak Oscar flaunts jumbo-lump crab meat and asparagus sporting a frock of béarnaise sauce ($11), and the Florida-mango chicken trips the light fantastic with sautéed peppers and mangos ($8). Before showing up in gorilla costumes or polyester birthday suits, carefully calibrate your apparel to meet the "casual class" dress code, which prohibits flip-flops, ball caps, and tank tops.