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“Menus on the wall” 3 of 5 stars
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Chow
5103 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23508
(757)321-2923
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Ranked #35 of 613 Restaurants in Norfolk
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Menus on the wall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

It seems this place is trying too hard to "be hip" mainly because of the chalkboard menus. Cool idea for a second, but no. Walked in with a baby for lunch on a Saturday and was told there weren't any highchairs. The server then goes and looks for one and a high chair appears but with a broken buckle. Spent the first 10 minutes getting my child in the seat and holding onto the strap and finally get situated only to find out the menu is on the wall behind me. Now I have to get up and move seats again to read it. I personally like holding a menu and reading, not breaking my neck staring off at a menu and looking all over the place. Food was okay. Won't be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Norfolk, Virginia
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Southern Comfort Food in a Casual Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Chow is a new spot along Colley Avenue that caters to those seeking traditional Southern comfort food in a casual setting. The chalkboard menu on both walls is easy to read, and they have a pretty good offering of local beers and a small wine list to boot. The food was very good - seafood, BBQ, pimento cheese, and fried green tomatoes are some of the highlights.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Norfolk, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great southern food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a very good casual restaurant with an extensive menu .. and the food is always fresh. It's totally southern food ... not necessarily soul food. But you can always get a great Chow Salad with a variety of meat adds, chicken, oysters, and more. I've eaten here many times and never been disappointed. They have started a Sunday brunch, but it's still a little spotty. They will get it right ... for now stick to the main stuff ... it's great.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Soulfood in Ghent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Chow is a very competent soul food restaurant that professionally prepares versions of all of your soulfood favorites such as the fried chicken platter, chicken gizzards, and a good selection of micros to wash it down with.

Visited July 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Overpriced Bland Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I'm not sure if it was an off day for Chow when we went this past week but the food was awful. Fried chicken was very bland and oily. Mac & cheese tasted like it was from a box. Mashed potatoes was bland. The collards were good but that's about it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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