BBQ: The soul of the culinary South. The South is where everything is done a little bit slower, including BBQ, where the smoking and roasting of meats takes time. Finger-lickin' fact: Did you know Norfolk is home to some of the South’s best down-home BBQ? The list below highlights Norfolk’s top BBQ joints, serving up the town’s best comfort food, the common ingredient among all: LOVE.
Chow is known for their southern hospitality and incredible dishes. Their menu has all of the classics from pimento cheese to fried chicken, but their BBQ is one dish you can't miss when you visit. They offer pork, chicken and vegan BBQ that can be served as a sandwich or a platter. Chow allows diners to pick their poison (BBQ sauce): East Carolina, a vinegar-based sauce; Piedmont, a tomato-based sauce; or Low-Country, a mustard-based sauce.
Megallon’s bubblegum pink storefront is both welcoming and fitting, as the cozy cafe is loaded with pigs! That’s right, adorable pig figures, signs, etc. At Megallon’s you’ll find delicious BBQ and all the homemade sauces and fixings to pair. Restaurant owners, Don and his wife Brenda use persimmon wood to smoke the meats to perfection. Hushpuppy fan? It’s been said that Megallon’s has the best hushpuppies in town. Eat in or take out! They also love to cater. Once you try Megallon’s, you will have a new favorite local go to…we promise.
The brisket melts in your mouth, and the mac & cheese is oh so creamy, not sparingly cheesed. The cornbread is light and fluffy, the biscuits, buttery perfection, and the BBQ sauce is TANGY. My Mam’s Kitchen may even top your Mama’s kitchen…guess you’ll have to find out. Don’t forget to indulge in a slice of Grandma’s Sweet Potato Pie, it may not be your Grandma’s, but boy it’s good.
Adam & Eve’s House of Ribs claims that the meals they serve are not good for the soul, but are great for the soul! Every meal is prepared with love from their family, ensuring that homemade flavor we all look for when eating BBQ. Coming soon to Adam & Eve’s will be their “Caribbean Night” with offerings such as; Jerk Chicken, Curry Chicken, and Shrimp, along with the classic island side dish, fried plantains. Yum!
Granny’s Country Cooking follows the motto “Soul food cooking straight from you momma’s kitchen.” Beyond the food, the friendly atmosphere at Granny’s is simply a sweet addition to the wonderful cuisine.
Small’s menu is loaded with delectable slow smoked BBQ, seafood, and locally harvested oysters. On the table at Small’s, you’ll find an array of sauces to smother your meal in, which are all made in-house from scratch! Small’s Smokehouse has a full-service bar, patio dining, and live music! This family-owned restaurant takes hospitality seriously, making sure that you feel right at home.
Sam’s is a hidden gem serving up killer subs, like the fan favorite: the Black & Blue. The Black & Blue features slow roasted brisket, blackened seasoning, blue cheese, onions, mushrooms, and mayo. Their menu offers other BBQ sandwiches, and a mouthwatering Beef Brisket Chili, all outrageously tasty.
Doumar’s is known for their famous cones, ice cream, and old-fashioned atmosphere. Though, they have a secret weapon…their BBQ Sandwiches. When looking for something salty after a sweet treat, you must try their Pork BBQ Sandwiches, which are piled high with juicy meat. A Norfolk Classic, satisfaction guaranteed.
Mojo Bones is where the BBQ is sticky, the pulled pork is juicy, and the sweet tea is SWEET! Mojo is serving up all your BBQ favorites such as slow-smoked brisket sliced thick and grilled with hickory sauce, and tender falls off the bone baby back ribs. With two locations in the Norfolk area, there’s enough Mojo for everyone.
This backyard hangout is new to the North Colley dining scene and offers a true down-home feel. Take a seat at one of their picnic tables and enjoy an order of their house-smoked BBQ. Hank's serves up a traditional BBQ sandwich with all the fixins', as well as BBQ Tot-chos that are topped with your choice of BBQ, beer cheese and more.