Location: Norfolk, VA
Rating: 6+ [see key]
It's my habit often when visiting with friends on the weekend to seek out a good brunch and then a good coffeehouse. While the landscape is still improving, sadly few places know how to do brunch and great coffee, so to keep it simple I usually keep my coffee stops separate from my brunches.
Unfortunately, this simplistic default means I sometimes miss out on a stellar brunch. Such was the case with Cure, a local coffeehouse and brasserie using beans from Counter Culture, but also providing some tasty-looking eats and a range of libations. My party arrived to find a bustling cafe full of folks either chowing down on a variety of brunch options or just enjoying conversation with friends over beverages.
After finding seats amidst their spacious green-walled cafe, I made my way to the counter for coffee. I ordered an espresso of Big Trouble and a pourover of an Ethiopian, both coming out swiftly to my awaiting arms. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of chocolate, heavy cream, nutmeg, black cherry and peanut brittle, proving full, luscious and a little nutty. The pourover provided a similarly toothsome brew of chocolate-covered cherries, graham cracker, milk duds and rhubarb in a medium body, making for a sweet and bright brew.
After spending some time amidst the eating patrons, it was clear that this was a coffeehouse to add to my brunch list. Thus, whether you seek brunch or just coffee, definitely make a stop at Cure.