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“Longing for the Old Days”
Review of Jewish Mother hilltop - CLOSED

Jewish Mother hilltop
Price range: $0 - $20
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed December 16, 2012

Growing up in The Hampton Roads area back in the 70's & 80's was an exciting time for live music. One of the places to see old timers, like Johnny Winters, or up and comers, like Bruce Hornsby, was the hole in the wall club called The Jewish Mother. Located on Atlantic Ave, it was a place where one would stop for breakfast after partying all night at the Ocean Front. It was characterized by a small stage and the ability to use crayons to write on the walls, with management's blessing. It reminded me of a 50's style jazz club. But, thanks to the City of Virginia Beach, the old venue has been moved to a new spot close to First Colonial Ave & Virginia Beach Blvd.
If you want to hear great live music, "Mother" is still the place to go. It's a much larger place, with a patio for a nice cigar at night. The delivery menu is OK, but for delivering food, RT 58 is still the place to go. The breakfast is still great (my favorite is the Miriam's Miracle). The service is spotty and the seating arrangements are a mystery. This is a much larger venue to the old place, but the hostess squeezes patrons together in an otherwise empty establishment.
If you want live music and breakfast, The Jewish Mother is great, but for anything else, there are better options in Virginia Beach.

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Thank Mayoplan
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

It has been a long time since I have been to the Jewish Mother. I arrive to the restaurant by myself, and was seated in a ares that felt like a little cafe than a restaurant. So at this 2 foot by 2 foot table. Was this really how you show guests in your restaurant that are by them selves. But the food is good. Not great and over priced. Service was very nice. So another words I will not be going back.

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Thank ddlafstang
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Overall a great place for a relaxed meal at Hilltop. Much bigger on the inside than I expected based on the looks of the exterior. Kind and quick service, good menu selection, great beer selection on tap. Bathrooms were clean and well-kept. Smoked turkey Reuben was very good--not over the top or greasy but very filling; however, the fries were subpar--obviously of the frozen/battered variety, looking forward to trying a breakfast there soon--omelet menu looked enticing.

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Thank Helen W
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I hadn't been to the Jewish Mother in years. It has moved from the Pacific Ave. location to an area near a strip mall.
The food was overpriced and VERY disappointing. The corned beef/pastrami was chewy. The fries were frozen. The black bean burger was mushy. I can see that the venue is great for music, drinking but left a lot to be desired as a lunch spot. It is warehouse sized with 2 bars and even though there were other dinners, it was seemed very empty.
Overall very sad to see the decline!!

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Thank kooka54
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Too expensive for most I would think. I have lived here my whole life and like jewish mother but it is just gotten to expensive to enjoy anymore.

Thank Jay H
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