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905 Cafe & Grill’s menu of hearty lunch and dinner dishes puts a Mediterranean spin on American standards. The third-pound patty of the Seafarer burger ($9.99) sets sail in a hollandaise-sauce hurricane with tender lump crabmeat cargo, eventually running aground on eaters’ tongues. Mouths can also crunch crisp fried calamari sprinkled in an island pepper sauce ($9.99) or ferret out oysters hiding among shallots and garlic shoals ($9.99). Alternately, the Cuban press sandwich ($8.29) forces ham and pork-roast jocks to team up with swiss cheese, dill pickle, and mustard misfits in order to win their high-school bread-tossing tournament. On summer days, patrons can soak up sun on 905’s outdoor patio or listen to sea chanteys sung by well-traveled napkins.
905 Cafe & Grill
Although Keith Wygant looks to the Mediterranean for 905 Cafe & Grill’s culinary inspiration, he strives to use ingredients that are close to home. Locally sourced fish sizzles in the kitchen, homemade burger patties never see the inside of a freezer, and the house chili—which, the menu asserts, should have its own Facebook page—simmers under Keith's careful supervision. Blackboard specials such as popcorn-shrimp po’ boys, meanwhile, add unpredictability to the menu, shifting alongside the bar's catalog of seasonal beers and cocktails.
From breakfast hashbrowns to Cajun tartar sauce, many meal components are homemade, fueling the restaurant's neighborhood charm. This laid-back vibe becomes even more palpable on the outdoor patio, where music often accompanies bites, or on Sangria Saturdays, a popular alternative to other restaurants’ Tap-Water Tuesdays.
905 E Oceanview Ave.
Norfolk, Virginia 23503