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 licking fact, did you know Norfolk is home to some of the South’s best downhome BBQ? The list below highlights Norfolk’s top 10 BBQ joints, serving up the town’s best comfort food, the common ingredient among all: LOVE.

  1. Megallon’s Gourmet BBQ- Megallon’s bubble gum pink store front 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. Hushpuppie 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.
  2. My Mama’s Kitchen- 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.
  3. Dorothy’s BBQ Smokehouse- This American style smokehouse has a Caribbean flare, putting a twist on classic BBQ. You can smell the smoky goodness from the parking lot, and can taste it in every bite. Their daily changing specials are a must try, and the fan favorite mac & cheese is ooey gooey, the way it should be. Their Signature Banana Pudding is signature with reason…just saying. 
  4. Adam & Eve’s House of Ribs- 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!
  5. Granny’s Country Cooking- 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.
  6. Small’s Smokehouse + Oyster Bar- 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.
  7. Sam’s Texas Sub Shop- Sam’s is a hidden gem serving up killer subs, with 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.
  8. Doumar’s  Cones & Barbecue- 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.
  9. Belmont House of Smoke- All you can eat ribs. Every Tuesday. Be there. At Belmont House of Smoke, you’ll find “All you can eat ribs” for just $20.99 until we run out.” Their Meaty St. Louis Ribs are slow smoked over hickory for hours and dusted with a special blend of spices and are finished on the grill.
  10.  Mojo Bones- 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 fall off the bone baby back ribs. With two locations in the Norfolk area, there’s enough Mojo for everyone.