A few weeks ago, my friends and I were in Virginia Beach, just pal’n around when we decided to stop for lunch. We have a “no chain restaurant rule” when possible. We drove up and down Greenbrier Parkway for some time, and we were just about ready to give up on the “no chain” rule when we happened upon Pop’s Diner. Pop’s is on Greenbrier Parkway near the entrance of the shopping mall.
Because of the building’s exterior design and large windows, I got the impression it might be a Bob Evans or Perkins style restaurant. The decor is plain and simple and the inside is spacious with plenty of seating.
To my surprise, the menu was fairly extensive. In addition to the breakfast (supposedly the speciality at Pop’s), lunch, entrees, kids meals, starters, and salads, the menu included everything from liver and onions to spaghetti to western omelets.
I had the gyro with fries. My friends had the western omelet and liver and onions. I don’t know if this is normal, but the service was awfully slow. Eventually, our food arrived. The omelet looked delicious, and the liver and onions looked perfect. I wasn’t overly excited about the gyro. The tzatziki sauce was incredibly sour and the meat was overcooked and hard on the ends. Perhaps my disappointment stemmed from the unusually long wait.
Food served to the other patrons looked and smelled tasty, and everyone (locals I assume) appeared to enjoy their meals. If I’m ever in Chesapeake again, I’ll definitely give Pop’s another try—one shouldn’t judge a restaurant on a single visit. Pop’s has that homey, family-style restaurant feeling; a good place to take your kids to eat. You should give it a try.
Pop’s Diner Co.
1432 Greenbrier Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320
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