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I will be in Va beach for 3 nights with my husband, two kids and some extended family. We need recs for bkfst (nothing extravagant, just good, fresh food), a nice light lunch kind of place and a casual dinner place that does good local seafood and is kid-friendly... wouldn't hurt if they added an interesting twist to the basics and they must serve adult beverages!

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  1. Hi! I'm a local and I really enjoy Mary's on 17th St. for breakfeast. Either that or Citrus off of Shore Dr. And for lunch I recommend the outdoor deck at Rudee's. Granted you said you wanted seafood for dinner, but I really enjoy sitting outside on their gliders (tables that gently slide back and forth) overlooking the inlet and eating steamed clams and peeling shrimp while having a beer or pina colada. Mahi Mah's or Catch 31 would both be good places for dinner. Both have great views of the ocean and have good seafood. Mahi Mah's food is better but sitting by the firepits at Catch 31 is more fun. Hope you enjoy!

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    1. re: nathanac

      YOU are a rock star... thanks so much for the recs, i'll definitely try them out!

    2. I second the rec for Mary's. We were desperate for some good scratch breakfast, especially pancakes. We were staying at the swanky Hilton VA Beach. Breakfast was tasty food, hit or miss service, and the concierge there sent us to Mary's.. HIS favorite breakfast place. Just right.

      1. Here are your best bets for breakfast:

        Belvedere: This tiny luncheonette is smack on the Ocean. Great spot. Good food. Expect to wait

        Doc Taylors: Excellent new Locals Favorite. Kitchen run by former Belvedere cook Ray Ray. Excellent, really. Bldg formerly housed the practice of a real Doctor Taylor.

        Citrus: New and away from the beach but maybe the best breakfast in town now

        Mary's: Old timey, "in the know" locals favorite. Great lunch too. Cheap

        For Lunch:

        58 Deli Diner: Some of the best deli anywhere can be found at the 58 Deli Diner on Virginia Beach Blvd. Meats and bread are imported from NYC. The sandwiches are nearly $10 and worth every penny

        Pelon's: Very hip California Surfer style mexican. Great!!

        For Dinner:

        Surfrider: Awesome seafood spot at the Oceanfront. Local favorite. Cheap. Kid Friendly.

        One Fish Two Fish: Very stylish place on the water that feels more like NYC than VBVA, Top Rate seafood.

        Catch 31: Very, Very Stylish bar and restaurant in the Hilton, Ranked 4th out of 50 best area restaurants by Hampton Roads magazine.

        Tautogs: Outstanding locals Favorite run by Bill Gambrell, owner of Doc Taylors. At the oceanfront

        La Marinalla: Outstanding Italian in a slick and comfortable setting. The owner Sal will proably visit your table.

        Aldo's: Italian. Has set the standard for fine dining in VB for years. Favorite (with Terrapin) of the beach old money set;

        Chick Oyster Bar: Favorite Hangout for locals. On the water.

        Charlies: Dive Seafood spot. Very cool old timey spot