Campus communities and the surrounding area are often like mini cities of their own. Surrounding Old Dominion University (ODU), there are many opportunities to explore sports, arts, and eats.
We welcome you to enter our domain and partake of the great finds we hold dear.
EATS AND DRINKS
Bold Mariner Brewing Company – The nearest brewery to ODU, Bold Mariner is nestled in Lambert’s Point.
Borjo – More than a coffeehouse, Borjo also offers those other kind of drinks, various menu items, live music, and an overall nice place to hang.
Chow – If you love Southern cuisine, check out Chow on Colley. With eccentric eats and artistic menus on chalkboards around the restaurant, they will find a way to show you a new version of your old favorites.
Cogan’s North – The second Cogan’s location in Norfolk, Cogan’s North is located on Colley Avenue. They have indoor seating downstairs and patio seating above.
Del Vecchios – An ODU favorite, Del Vecchios offers pizzas, subs, salads, pasta, and more. The garlic knots are divine, and their specialty pizzas will keep you wanting more. They have lunch specials during the week.
Fellini’s – Another local favorite, Fellini’s offers salads, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and other entrees. If you get a large salad, make sure you have plenty of people with you to share. Situated off Colley Avenue, it is close enough to the campus area for lunch, but far enough away to enjoy easy parking. They offer a Happy Hour 7-days a week as well as daily specials.
Hair of the Dog ODU – One of our favorite places to go for brunch, this is Hair of the Dog’s second location (the other in Virginia Beach). The main website will give you information on the VB location, but there is a separate Facebook page for the ODU location (the menus are virtually the same with some food names changed). There are specials daily, live music opportunities, and breakfast is offered all day long. We love the Benedicts, the bloody Mary options, and the Hair of the Dog burger is an explosive concoction of flavors that makes you beg for more. If you’re a fan of chicken and waffles, be sure to bring your appetite.
LeGrand Kitchen – Rooted in good food and Rock ‘n Roll, LeGrand Kitchen (off of Colley) offers food that is made with fresh, local ingredients, and finds inventive ways to use that seasonal produce we often take for granted. This place is very popular and often filled to the brim (even after their expansion). It is important to note that the same group is planning to take over the former Eva’s / Lou’s Bar spot just south of LeGrand Kitchen and open Shiptown Seafood. This is still in the works, so you’ll want to keep up on that development.
Mazzika – For a taste of the Middle East (including the fare and hookah), try Mazzika on Colley Avenue.
Mojo Bones – Situated off campus on Monarch Way, Mojo Bones ODU (there is another location in Ocean View) offers meat, meat, and more meat. The BBQ combos are huge, so bring your inner predator.
Perfectly Frank – If you’re looking for a burger, a hot dog or the like, check out Perfectly Frank on Monarch Way. The daily specials are more than affordable, and the laid-back atmosphere is a nice change.
Sam’s Texas Sub Shop – located right next to Cogan’s North, Sam’s Texas Sub Shop boasts the best subs in Norfolk. They have daily specials and a great happy hour, and I highly recommend the Black and Blue sub.
Small’s Smokehouse & Oyster Bar – Right off of Hampton Blvd., you can partake of tasty smoked meats and seafood at Small’s. This place has live music many nights, an annual pig roast, and a brisket chili that is not to be missed.
Starving Artist Café – A fun, funky place off of Colley Avenue, the Starving Artist Café is open for “Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, and Creativity.” It is a fun place to go for a bite, but is also a great location to see some local art for sale or to enjoy a paint class.
T&T Seafood Market – If you’re in need for some fresh seafood, head to Colley for this local market.
The Dirty Buffalo – In a small building off Colley Avenue (soon to be moved down the street into a larger building), you can grab some of the tastiest wings in the area. The regular sauces on the menu are always divine, but if you’re an adventurer, try the sauce specials. If you follow them on Facebook, they update the special sauces frequently.
University Pizza – Appropriately named for its proximity to ODU, University Pizza specializes in made to order pizza, subs, salads, and wings.
Westside Produce & Provisions – This is a great place to grab some local produce and herbs straight from the garden. They also have some beer and wine if the need arises.
Corner Gallery – Not far from campus, there is a little gem hiding from street view. Corner Gallery is situated on Colley Avenue near 44th Street, but the entrance is in the back of the building (facing the water). This location is perfect for rising local artists to showcase their art. It is also a perfect place for locals to support those artists. The space can be rented for various uses, and if you keep up with them on Facebook, you’ll be in the know of what is going on the wall each week. Don’t miss the 100 Show offered annually in June. For $100 you can secure a beautiful piece of art.
ODU Theatre & More on Monarch Way – Theatre is alive and well at ODU, and there are various facilities that offer theatric entertainment. The Goode Theatre (46th Street and Monarch Way), the University Theatre (47th and Hampton), Brock Commons (an outdoor space located at 47th and Monarch Way), the Gordon Art Gallery (on Monarch Way) and more. Information on the various facilities can be found here, and the 2016 brochure can be seen here.
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Lambert’s Point Golf Club – If golfing is your thing, this course beside the campus is ready for your visit.
ODU Sports – If you’re into University sports, or sports in general, check out the schedule of events for ODU. You can enjoy football, soccer, basketball, and so much more.
The EDGE – For your nighttime dancing and clubbing, check out The EDGE on Hampton Boulevard.
The Ted Constant Convocation Center – Right on Hampton Boulevard, this giant building hosts ODU sports as well as concerts and other entertainment events.
The WAVE – A diverse place to dance and check out special events, the WAVE is located on Colley Avenue.
37th and Zen – Located on Hampton and 37th, this is a happening place for live music, entertainment and DJs.
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