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“Excellent”

DOC Taylor's Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 1,452 Restaurants in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 20, 2012

All that you could ask for on a Sunday morning. Was initially told there would be a five/ten minute wait to be seated but a table was moved and i was seated immediately. My table faced a gas log fireplace. Service was excellent. Menu is great with lots of creative choices. I went for one of the daily specials, eggs and smoked salmon, which was terrific. Coffee was replenished gracefully and often. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My wife and I had breakfast here this week and we both were pleased with our meal. She had the chocolate chip pancakes and I had the traditional Scotty's biscuits & gravy. Not sure why they call it biscuits when there was only 1 split biscuit. Most places give you at least 2 biscuits. It is in an old house which is laid out with eating on the enclosed front porch and various rooms inside, pretty neat atmosphere. Our waitress was very friendly and checked on us often. Reasonable prices.

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Great breakfast place and THE best place for breakfast along the oceanfront. Great service and great atmosphere. They have turned an old house into this great breakfast place dont miss it!

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Doc Taylor's, named for one of Va. Beach's long-lived and beloved doctors, is such akick. Food is delicious for any meal, but it is a near perfect breakfasat place - light, airy, casual and with all the breakfast selections you could hope to see on a menue. Or just tell them what you want and you will probably get it!

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

So we're back for breakfast on a Saturday morning, on our way to Richmond for the day. We hadn't been back here for at least a year, and the place seems physically to be largely unchanged --- older but functional tables and furniture, pictures and wall decorations still need dusting, windows need to be cleaned, a little dirt in the corners on the floors, and a big crowd already seated and eating, and many others patiently waiting. Always a big crowd, even in November after the tourists have left.

Certainly the hostesses and waitstaff are still great --- we were told the wait for a table would be 20 minutes, and exactly 20 minutes it was. We were able to get a table on the porch this trip, which to me is preferred seating due to it being a little more quiet and roomy than inside --- especially in the little dining area that's common with the open kitchen and bar. No $1.99 mimosas for me this trip; just coffee, and the Ray-Ray breakfast concoction. My wife gets adventurous, and tries the crab cake eggs Benedict Special.

And when the food arrives, the visit quickly returns to Meh. The much-heralded Ray-Ray, one of several original food inventions at Doc's, is still as overrated as ever. One egg (ordered sunny-side-up, delivered hard) with bacon and American cheese, on top of half a grilled bun; the other half of the bun is also grilled, with two tomato slices and a piece of Parmesan cheese on top. All served with hash browns, or grilled potatoes. The operant word with this dish is "grilled" --- the entire plate seemed only to offer a massive exercise in carb loading, and was way overcooked and tasteless. My wife's crab cake Benedict was equally disappointing; the poached eggs were hard, the crab cakes had little taste and were the consistency of the food service's mixes, the Hollandaise was anything but rich and creamy, and the muffins were cold. Our coffee, however, was pretty good.

So somewhere about half-way through the meal I remembered what has griped me about Doc's for all the time we've been coming here. The place is basically a diner, but it tries to sell itself as something more, offering cleaver, but poorly executed, food inventions and lots of cheap (and cheaply made) brunch drinks. Like most diners, you'll be OK with the food if you stay with the basic diner fare (except for their pancakes, which have been dry and overcooked for years). Venture out into the "creative" side of the menu, and, unless you're just looking for carbs to help recover from a long night, you're bound to be disappointed. It's a shame that no one wants to be just a good diner any more --- guess there must be more money in those $1.99 mimosas?

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