Fall is indeed a time for comfort food, a chance to indulge in anything pumpkin spice and even an opportunity to prepare our palates for Thanksgiving. Wondering where to revel in autumn’s delicious glory? Check out these Norfolk restaurants, cafes and bakeries offering the finest flavors of fall.
Go ahead and drink a PSL
COVA Brewing Co.
COVA’s pumpkin spice latte is a treat for the senses. With flavors of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and clove, you’ll experience a subtle sweetness with a hint of spice—the perfect sip of the season.
What could be better than a pumpkin spiced latte? Perhaps one with cheesecake. Cure’s pumpkin spice cheesecake latte has all the cozy fall flavors you’re craving, conveniently crafted in a mug and adorned with some pretty darn impressive latte art.
Savor the flavor of these comfort dishes
The Grilled Cheese Bistro
Let’s be clear. There’s nothing more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich, especially from a restaurant that specializes in sinfully delicious combinations of gooey cheese between two slices of bread. And yet, The Grilled Cheese Bistro has managed to take comfort to a cozy new level with two seasonal menu selections. The Sweater Weather grilled cheese features poached pear and blueberry lemon jam with mozzarella and brie on rosemary ciabatta. Meanwhile, their ‘Tis the Season specialty layers smoked ham, pumpkin spice fries and cranberry pear chutney with brie and cheddar on 9-grain bread. ‘Tis the Season for indulging, indeed.
The Ten Top
The specials at this adored Ghent eatery are always seasonally inspired and created with the highest quality ingredients. You’ll be feeling mighty thankful after a bite of their grilled turkey flatbread sandwich with cranberry aioli, red onion, arugula and mozzarella. Warm up even more with a bowl of their signature soup (selections change often). Fall favorites are spicy chipotle pumpkin chili with avocado creme, vegan coconut curry pumpkin (always a favorite) or herb sweet potato and butternut squash.
Make it a spirited season
Hair of the Dog Downtown
Trying to decide between caffeine and booze? Now you don’t have to. Hair of the Dog has got you covered with their Fall Boozie Coffee Flight in flavors of French toast, s’mores, salted caramel and pumpkin spice. It’s a beautiful nod to the season joining together the best of both worlds.
Reaver Beach NFK
Are you ready to tempt your tastebuds with some of the funnest flavors to grace a beverage? Reaver Beach is dropping the freshest autumn sips this season with specialty brews like a Spiced Pear Sour featuring notes of cinnamon, pear, sweet clove, mace and ginger. But that’s not all. They also have Where Do We Go When We Pie pumpkin ale and Did We Just Vibe? German hefeweizen with notes of clove and spice.
Talk about a fall-forward drink menu. The Stockpot’s cocktails are a celebration of falling leaves and autumn breeze, carefully crafted in these sophisticated sips. Start light with a cran orange splash, gin & ginger or pomma fizz. Go bold with blood OJ maple bourbon or big fig bourbon. Spice things up with a harvest punch or golden mezcalrita, or get outta yer gourd with a pumpkin spice White Russian.
Save room for falL desserts
You thought Bar-Q only makes barbecue? This Ocean View delight is also making waves in the world of desserts with irresistible offerings like pumpkin cheesecake brownies topped with orange and black sprinkles. You also can’t go wrong with caramel apple cheesecake bars or caramel pecan brownies.
Can you really fit fall flavors into something as small and delicate as a macaron? Bien sûr! Anything is possible at Cafe Genevieve inside Selden Market where they turn out delightful macarons in all sorts of yummy flavors including pumpkin spice, maple, salted caramel, apple and butter pecan.
When “autumn” is right there in the name, you know it’s going to be good. Lauded for their addictive s’mores that are fired on the spot, S’mores Amore at Selden Market has added a limited time flavor of Autumn Bliss. They start with a signature graham cracker crust, then layer on a chocolate brownie and pecans and top with a maple butter brown sugar marshmallow.
Yorgo’s, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. There’s much to adore this season at the locals’ favorite bagel shop. Try a pumpkin bagel or pumpkin cream cheese (also available as a vegan option). Go sweet with their pumpkin roll, and don’t forget to pair with a pumpkin latte or mocha.