In contrast to its name, South Norfolk is not actually in Norfolk. Once an independent city, it merged with Norfolk County in 1963 to form the city of Chesapeake. The historical area once included streetcars and a ferry that docked at the end of Indian River Road and cross the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River to Portsmouth. South Norfolk’s revitalization has brought more people to seek out the unique parks & restaurants in this area.
Looking for some new places to try? Here’s my list of South Norfolk spots good for a day outside or a meal with family.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. Additional suggestions are welcome in the comments.
Things To Do Outdoors:
Biking or walking on the Jordan Bridge:
The South Norfolk Jordan Bridge carries State Route 337 over the Southern Branch Elizabeth River from Portsmouth to Chesapeake. This beautiful bridge includes a 3 mile round-trip walking path that takes about 1 hour to complete. Daytime walking/bicycling only! Free parking at the base of the bridge at Poindexter Street is helpful & public restrooms are close on hand. Pets are welcome – just remember to pick up after your furry friends.
This beautiful 11-acre park was built in 1933 and has been host to many community events over the years. Its mature trees and scenic archway bridge give patrons historic views of the area. Park amenities include a footbridge, fishing pier, picnic shelters with grills and an ADA (Americans with disabilities) accessible playground, all with convenient parking.
This is also the location for the Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic in the Park put on by the South Norfolk Civic League and the City of Chesapeake Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. This celebration includes a home decorating contest, a parade (July 4, 2018 saw 100 vehicles!) and a community party in Lakeside Park with live music, food vendors, games, & activities for the whole family.
Elizabeth River Park:
The newly renovated park just opened in 2015 and sits at the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River with one of the most active boat ramps in Hampton Roads. The park’s features include convenient boat ramps, a dog park, fishing, and area for fitness, a paved trail, playground, and more.
A featured event at this waterfront park is the Rolling on the River food truck series, which happens twice a week in summer, presented with Eat the Streets 757.
South Norfolk Memorial Library/Bookend Café:
Opening in July of 2013, the South Norfolk Memorial Library is a beauty you can’t miss on the corner of Poindexter Street. The library is a contemporary facility that invites patrons in to sit and stay a while. It features bookstore style browsing, wi-fi, a children’s room with early literacy computers, community meetings rooms available by reservation, a teen area, and even a drive-thru check out and return! For library hours visit the website HERE.
Also inside the library is the Bookend Café – which offers gourmet coffees, salads, sandwiches and desserts during breakfast and lunch hours.
Food to Eat Indoors:
Island Jerk Hut:
This takeout authentic Jamaican spot serves up the real stuff – jerk chicken, mac and cheese, rice & peas, cabbage & more. Check out their amazing menu in person at 906 B St, Chesapeake, VA. You can’t miss the bright yellow building – come on a warm day to enjoy their outside seating.
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Some Da Eat:
Located at 4027 Bainbridge Blvd, Some Da Eat offers affordable, fresh soul food at a great price. If you’re looking for their famous Flying Spaghetti, chicken wings, collars, Mac & cheese, sweet potato jack and many more favorites. Lunchtime gets busy as it is a local’s favorite so pro tip: call in your order ahead of time.
A family-owned establishment at 2411 Bainbridge Blvd, Frank’s Pizza serves up one of the best New York style hand tossed pizzas around. They offer many different pizza combinations as well as classic Italian meals including lasagna & Stromboli and my personal favorite: the Chicken Parm sub.
This hidden gem is known for serving delicious and affordable breakfast and lunch in the Portlock area of Chesapeake. Breakfast includes classic egg plates, omelets, pancakes and biscuits & gravy. Lunch sandwiches and burgers served with french fries will fill you up and have you coming back for more. Don’t overlook them – their size and familiar faces make it a cozy place to meet a friend. Find them at 3199 Bainbridge Blvd, Chesapeake, VA.
Know of any amazing spots I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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