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Doc Taylor's

207 23rd St., Virginia Beach, VA - (757) 425-1960
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/4/2010 4:28:00 AM
When it came time for breakfast in Hampton Roads, Patrick Evans-Hylton of Hampton Roads magazine and author of the book Popcorn had one very strong suggestion of where to go: Doc Taylor's. We met him there for Ray-Ray sandwiches and sweet potato pecan pancakes and left fully satisfied, but hungering for so much more on the broad menu: corned beef hash, granola pancakes, French toast, creamed chipped beef and scrapple, not to mention Key lime pie.

About that Ray-Ray: Ooo-eee is my best description. To think of it as a mere breakfast sandwich, which technically it is, would be like thinking of vintage Burgundy as grape juice. Built upon a good onion roll, it contains an egg, cheese and your meat of choice, and also a slice of tomato that has been encased in parmesan cheese and grilled so the cheese gets all crunchy-chewy at its edges. It no doubt would be good with bacon or andouille sausage, but Patrick clued us in to the chorizo. Made by chef Ray Labuen, this is one serious tube steak – rugged-textured, aggressively spiced, a sensational eye opener and, I suspect, a good hangover cure.

A beach house that really was a doctor's office back in 1939 and is now surrounded by commerce, Doc Taylor's is a fairly spacious place; but you likely will wait for a table to open up. If it's a weekend or summertime, a long wait is guaranteed. Most folks don't seem to mind. $2 mimosas and bloody Marys go a long way to ease the pain.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Ray Ray Sandwich
Parmesan Tomato
Sweet Potato Pancakes (short stack)
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The ne plus ultra of breakfast sandwiches, Doc Taylor's Ray-Ray is available with your choice of breakfast meats. At the urging of Patrick Evans-Hylton, I chose chorizo. Hot stuff!
"The ne plus ultra of breakfast sandwiches, Doc Taylor's Ray-Ray is available with your choice of breakfast meats. At the urging of Patrick Evans-Hylton, I chose chorizo. Hot stuff!"
Michael Stern





Parmesan-crusted grilled tomatoes are a Doc Taylor signature dish.
"Parmesan-crusted grilled tomatoes are a Doc Taylor signature dish."
Michael Stern


Not to be missed: sweet potato pecan pancakes, here shown pre-butter-and-syrup.
"Not to be missed: sweet potato pecan pancakes, here shown pre-butter-and-syrup."
Michael Stern


Expect to wait for a table when you come to Doc Taylor's. Just beyond the high-rise in the background is the Atlantic Ocean.
"Expect to wait for a table when you come to Doc Taylor's. Just beyond the high-rise in the background is the Atlantic Ocean."
Michael Stern


A close view of Doc Taylor's delicious chorizo, mounted in a Ray-Ray sandwich
"A close view of Doc Taylor's delicious chorizo, mounted in a Ray-Ray sandwich"
Michael Stern


This lovely mosaic is actually on the floor of the dining room.
"This lovely mosaic is actually on the floor of the dining room."
Cliff Strutz



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