Do-Nut Dinette

Bakery | Diner
One of the best


The neighborhood of Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia, has gone upscale in recent years and has become home to some of the finest fine-dining dining rooms in Hampton Roads. It also is where you will find Do-Nut Dinette, a counter-only diner with a salty short-order cook, sassy staff, and stools for scarcely more than a dozen customers (plus some wooden tables outside). The menu is a hash-house paradigm featuring eggs and various breakfast meats, greasy-good hash browns, and buttery grits; plus, as you might guess, donuts.

One big batch of donuts is made each morning (about twelve dozen on weekdays), so good sense demands arriving early. They will be fresh; and, more important, they will exist. It is not uncommon for a day’s supply to run out by noon. There is only one kind: raised & glazed. They are light, not cakey; but there is a pleasant doughy substance to them very unlike common donut blobs of sweetened, deep-fried fat that taste ethereal hot from the fry kettle but soon become leaden sinkers. One stool-sitter, who had lived in North Carolina back in Krispy Kreme’s salad days, declared Do-Nut’s donuts to be “Like Krispy Kreme was before they got full of themselves.”

What to Eat
Do-Nut Dinette, Donut
Bet you can't eat just one. Simple and elegant, Do-Nut Dinette donuts are light enough that two or three are a modest coffee companion. A half dozen is not out of the question.
Do-Nut Dinette, Country Ham & Eggs
Country Ham & Eggs
Southeastern Virginia is country ham country. This generous portion along with a pair of eggs, hash browns, and toast, is a relative bargain. Note the hash browns in the background, well-spiced and glistening with griddle grease.
Do-Nut Dinette, Grits
While not technically 'creamy grits,' this heap of warm grain is definitely extremely buttery grits: a fine companion for any salty pig meat.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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