Making a good sandwich, like removing a child’s head from between stair balusters, requires delicate handling and a lot of mayonnaise. Marvel at the art of skilled condiment usage with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of deli fare and more at Captain’s Galley in Norfolk on Vinning’s Landings Marina.
The deli doyens at Captain’s Galley quell roiling tummies with an armada of homemade sandwiches, salads, and breakfast spreads. The menu’s menagerie of hot and cold bread enswathments include the Captain’s Favorite—a meaty amalgamation of beef, onions, and peppers beneath a canopy of provolone ($6.29)— and a wide selection of foot-long sandwiches, such as the bestselling pastrami or corn beef on rye ($6.29) and the BLT ($4.79). Or evade bread-thieving geese by opting for a leafy lunch alternative, such as the Dieter’s Favorite, a cheese-speckled chef salad that features garden goodies cavorting with roast beef, ham, and turkey ($6.95).
Early risers can restore senses bludgeoned by sledgehammer alarm clocks with a bevy of daily breakfast items—available until 11 a.m.—that ranges from a stack of buttermilk pancakes ($3.99) to a heaping of three made-to-order eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, and home fries, served with a complimentary cup of coffee or freshly brewed tea ($6.29). In addition to a bright indoor noshing area, Captain’s Galley boasts an outdoor patio where diners can revel in the oceanic aura of the marina or ogle the lawn-situated mermaid statue vibrantly standing as an affront to fervent lovers of legs and fish heads.
"Fisherman can place their orders, no matter what time during the morning. It's not abnormal for me to go up at 6 a.m. and deliver sandwiches," says Kathy Cunningham, general manager of Captain's Galley. With Kathy's own boat right there on the marina, it seems that she has never known anything different, crafting homemade mac, coleslaw, and potato salad only steps from Chesapeake Bay. But this routine started only a few years ago—Vinings Landing Marina caught wind of the popularity of Kathy's deli in town and decided to pay her a visit. "They had a space available and asked me if I'd set up shop," Kathy says. "And, well, I love boating."
Her relocation dovetailed nicely with a full renovation that bestowed the place with new tile floors, new walls, and hardwood tables. But a big selling point for Kathy was the outdoor patio to the Marina. "Here people can pop in by car, by boat, or by foot. It's very accessible." During winter months, regular fisherman and new guests alike stop in for her lunch offerings of made-to-order deli and breakfast sandwiches; as the calendar turns to April, warmer weather welcomes acoustic Fridays and the return of the cool sun who wears sunglasses. "The menu becomes more expansive," she says. "Burgers for dinner—also tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad. I know the winter menu says just chips. But in summer, we'll roll out the fries.”
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Norfolk, Virginia 23518