Check out the gallery below to explore ODU’s campus and the city of Norfolk!
Food on Campus (in Webb Center, where conference will be held)
- Panda Express
- Sushi with Gusto
Food Just Off Campus
- Herradura Tex/Mex (Monarch Way and ~43rd)
- Hair of the Dog (Hampton and 49th) – Burgers and beer sort of place. Good mac and cheese w/ gouda, giant pancakes, shrimp & grits.
- Del Vecchios (Hampton and 48th) – daily lunch special 11a-5p – two HUGE slices of pizza + drink for $5.
- No. 7 Chinese Fast Food (Hampton and 48th) – not very good, but very cheap. Cafeteria-style lunch special.
- Lin’s Garden (Hampton and 40th) – Way better than No. 7, but a walk. Recommend for delivery.
- Jimmy Johns (Monarch Way) – Delivers to dorms, might need to come down if building is locked.
- Tropical Smoothie (Monarch Way) – good vegetarian/vegan options. Smoothies, obviously. Also good salads.
- Insomnia Cookies (Monarch Way) – delivers cookies to dorms until 3am. If you need cookies & cold milk, do it!
- Osaka Ramen & Sushi (Monarch Way) – Acceptable sushi at okay-ish prices.
- Borjo (Monarch Way & 45th) – must go there often, serving more than just coffee. Tasty salads and wraps
Food Just a Little Further Off Campus
- LeGrand Kitchen (4515 Colley) – Rockabilly-themed dinner-only establishment. Insanely pricey, except the burger – which is the best in the city. Open 5p-9p only. Technically walking distance to campus (0.7 miles)
- Cogan’s Pizza North (4311 Colley) – Pretty good pizza. Open 11a-2a, delivery 11a-11p. The Colonial Ave. location in Ghent is further, but better.
- The Dirty Buffalo (4110 Colley) – If you go any day but Wednesday, you’re nuts. Great wings. Open 11a-11p most days.
- Mazzika Mediterranean (Colley & 48th) – It’s a hookah lounge, if you’re into that? Good falafel. Excellent vegan menu. If you’re willing to travel a little, go to Azar’s instead.
- Pasha Mezze (350 W 22nd St) – Turkish food. Excellent vegetarian options.
- Torch Bistro (601 Oropax) – Great lunch, okay dinner. Open 11a-Midnight. Located near shipyard 2 miles south of campus. Pricey, but worth it. Good vegetarian/vegan options.
- Freemason Abbey (Downtown) – Best Sunday brunch in city? It’s likely. (9:30a-2p) Pricier, good lunch. Open 11a-9:30p.
- Captain Groovy’s (Ocean View) – Alex Nielsen of the local arrangements committee thinks it’s the best seafood in Hampton Roads, and about 30,000 food critics agree with him. Get there 4p-7p for ridiculous happy hour. Get there 11a-3p for a $7 lunch worth $18-25. Sadly, not even a little bit vegan-friendly.
Stuff To Do
The Chrysler Museum of Art is free to the public and amazing. You can make the trip on your own or get a small group together. It is a beautiful space. Plenty of parking available. And the Glass Studio has free glass blowing demos every day by local artists.
Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a 155-acre public botanical garden that features over forty themed gardens, including seasonal gardens and a special WOW Children’s Garden.
The Nauticus Museum in downtown Norfolk is a large maritime museum that covers the environmental and naval history of the Hampton Roads area. Paying a bit more for your entrance ticket grants access to walk around the decommissioned battleship the USS Wisconsin.
Pretlow Planetarium on ODU’s campus has scheduled showtimes.
Naro Expanded Cinema is an amazing indie movie theater not far from campus in the trendy Ghent area.
Catnip Cat Cafe is a great place to hang out, drink tea or coffee, play games with friends or read…with about 17 cats to lounge in your lap. The Cafe features cats and kittens from area shelters/rescue orgs for adoption – even if you don’t take one home, the cover charge goes to help the shelters, and you get relaxing cat cuddles and play time in a cool space.
Doumar’s is a local institution of delicious goodness since 1904 – ice cream, burgers, awesome – as featured on The Food Network and Travel Channel.
Chic’s Beach is excellent for swimming and hanging with locals.