Located along Pleasure House Road, Gateaux Bakery & Café is a French-influenced gourmet bakery that crafts one of a kind pastries that you won’t find anywhere else in Virginia. With a menu that has all kinds of sweet indulgences, you can choose from a flavorful selection of French pastries, pies, macarons, cakes, cookies and even sandwiches. JoAnne, Gateaux’s lovable owner, is often called ‘Gateaux’s mad scientist baker’ thanks to her tireless yet tasty experimentation with unique flavors and interesting techniques.
Address and telephone number: 1642 Pleasure House Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 271-9220
If you’re craving the satisfying crunch of tortilla chips, the aroma of spicy queso, or the tang of fresh salsa, you owe it to yourself to visit La Herradura. Served in the authentic Mexican style of small plates with big flavor, La Herradura has been family-owned and operated since it opened a few years ago. The wait staff make a genuine effort to get to know you, so they can recommend the best dishes to suit your palate. Whether you want to sit outdoors and chow down on quesadillas filled with grilled veggies, or you want to sit inside and watch the chef prepare your chicken fajitas, La Herradura promises to deliver.
Address and telephone number: 4801 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 318-7693
If you’re the kind of person who can eat breakfast food for any meal, Waffletown USA was made for you. It’s no surprise that the menu here is filled with the classic breakfast treats, but what you may not know is that you can get some more unusual breakfast items here as well. Try the pecan waffle, made with toasted pecans and whipped butter, or the fruited French toast, made with hot spiced apples and topped with whipped cream. The indulgent menu is available as early as six in the morning, so you can get a head start on your day.
Address and telephone number: 2113 Pleasure House Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 460-2460
Brass Bell Steakhouse is a haven for lovers of steak and all things meat, but you may not know that it’s also a popular place to get strong-bodied brews and even stronger cocktails. Challenge your friends to a game of pool or a round of karaoke while chowing down on tender sirloin and sipping some frosty beers. It’s the perfect place to hang out with a huge crowd, which is why it’s the preferred gathering spot of Virginia’s young adults looking for somewhere to cool down after a sweltering day at Virginia Beach.
Address and telephone number: 1628 Independence Blvd 1512, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 464-2720
Mariam’s Fil-Am Cuisine promises to bring ‘the finest Filipino and American food to Hampton roads.’ A native Filipina named Mariam Lee, the namesake Mariam, is the only cook in the kitchen and she has proven time and again that that’s all it takes. She offers her customers the ‘turo-turo’ experience, a traditional style in the Philippines wherein customers at a café can point to what they want and are served a spoonful of the dish on their plate. In addition to the impeccable food and the service, the atmosphere is charmingly intimate and familiar.
Address and telephone number: 4801 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23455 +1 (757) 460-2601