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Nowadays this firm has a score of 4.8 stars out of 5 and that score is based on 268 reviews.
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This Butcher Shop is included in the category of Restaurant.
Best damn burger I have had in quite a long time. A great place that sticks to the basics and does it well.
As fine of a sandwich shop as their is. Don't know much about the butcher sales. Their sandwiches and such are just superb.
Awesome local Butcher shop. The sandwiches are awesome. We get all our meat from here They are super friendly and the quality of what you get is the highest you can find around here.
Best Cuban sandwich I have had in a long time! The real start was the French fries though. Friendly people, cool place. Worth the money.
Delicious sandwiches. Perfect fries.
Finally a butcher in Norfolk! Great quality cuts of meat from a modest but decent selection of animals.
This place is amazing! I love to cook and learn new tricks in the kitchen. That said, I can enjoy a store bought frozen medium rare burger I threw on the grill one day and prepare a Beef Wellington for my family the next. No matter what your tastes, Pendulum has what you need. I called on a whim when I was thinking about the Beef Wellington as Walmart does not typically stock Tenderloin. Not only did they have it, they cut it custom and had it ready for me on my way home. It was an amazing meal. Since then I have stopped in a few times for a quick lunch. They have a great selection of sandwiches sure to satisfy. Fantastic knowledgeable staff, great location, selection, and atmosphere... you can literally forget you are in a butcher shop. If you are not used to custom cuts you might be shocked at those prices, but that's only for the unique stuff you don't get everyday. When it is time to try something new, believe me it is worth it!
Nice selection of fresh meets. Also a great place to have lunch with friends.
I saw this place on triple D, had to try the Brisket, it was awesome, fries was hot and fresh, definitely will be back. service was great!!! best sandwiches, whenever I'm in the area I always stop in.
I LOVE Pendulum. The sandwiches are amazing! The quality of the meats is awesome. The service is fantastic. This is a little known secret I am glad I discovered. I tell everyone I encounter about it.
Great food and very friendly staff.
Amazing burgers small place but nice atmosphere
Simple, small menu, but it was AMAZING!
All around great place. Small menu but absolutely makes up in quality and environment. Must do!
Great cuts of meats and you learn where the animals come from. Sandwiches are phenomenal, friendly and helpful staff.
We had The Butcher and the Texan BBQ. First, the food. The Butcher was tender, a perfect mid-rare and full of flavor. The Texan had probably the most tender brisket I've ever put in my mouth, possibly because it was sliced very thin. The bbq sauce is a perfect pairing to the smoke in the brisket. Very unexpected! Order fries! It's like they seasoned each fry perfectly one at a time. I ordered mine extra crispy. We went on a cold January day... Don't sit in the corner seats on the edge of the restaurant... The vents blow ice cold air, but the building is old so... In any event, this will be a favorite for us!
Delicious and huge sandwiches... Fries were awesome too. I took half home to eat later.
Good food good service.
The BEST Cuban sandwich, and most likely, the best sandwich in general you will EVER have. It is insane how good everything tastes, and with extremely friendly staff, you cannot go wrong eating here. I've eaten here four times now in the past 2 months and plan to keep going back at least twice a month. Amazing! Good beer selection and cool atmosphere.
the staff working there is super helpful and accommodating. they answered all my questions and even let me get some of their butchers twine!
Outstanding food, people and atmosphere. It does get busy & seating is limited, but it's well worth the wait.
Food was fabulous and so interesting and elegant.
If there were more than 5 stars I would have given it. But must try is Big tex. Perfect combination of crunchy bread with flavoutful tender meat chunks. Must try. Went there again to try their 6 dollars Friday cheese burger. Well they didn't disappoint me. The best best best cheese burger I have ever had..
Great place for lunch, great meats for dinner
Amazing. 'Nuff said.
The freshest meat you can find to bring home, or sit down and enjoy the best sandwiches you've ever had in a rustic but comfortable environment. Friendly, happy, knowledgeable, and helpful staff, too!
Friday $6 burger deal is bananas-good! Rosemary fries with truffle aioli? YUP!
Awesome people and environment. Food is amazing.
I don't eat meat for a lot of reasons. Almost every objection I have to eating meat is resolved at Pendulum. Yesterday I had a roast beef sandwich there and it was the best sandwich I've had in years and the first beef I've had in years. It was excellent. I still don't eat meat - unless it's from Pendulum....
Great good amazing place
Need nice fresh meat, this is the place to go. French baguette also.
Hands down best sandwiches we’ve ever eaten. Came here with my sister and we shared the hot ham sandwich and the brisket sandwich. The quality of the ingredients is superb. Will definitely be back.
Best brisket around!
Great sandwiches. Plus they give you a lot of food.
Quality meat. I love their stock and bone broth.
Very friendly staff and nice facility. However, when I went in the other day for steaks, they only had new York strip which had already been butchered. I'll chalk it up to coming in at the wrong time because the gentleman said they have the cow but haven't broke it down yet and additional cuts of steak would be available in a few days. I appreciated the honesty but I would expect a butcher shop to be better prepared.
Best sandwiches in Hampton Roads, hands down. Super awesome staff that always makes you feel welcome.
this place is all right. The quality of the food is very good but it has a couple issues. The first is that it takes a long time to get your food. I think I was waiting for 15 to 20 minutes to get two sandwiches. It's made fresh and ready but it just could be a little faster. Definitely do not go here if you're on a time crunch I'm trying to grab a quick bite. The second issue is the pricing. I know it's high-quality stuff, but it's very expensive. My sandwich was $12 and the other sandwich was $10. So you're looking at almost $30 for a lunch which is just a little excessive. It's all high-quality premium stuff though so I guess you're getting what you pay for it. Just Beware of the price. Overall a decent place everyone should check out but definitely do not go if you are in a time crunch or on a budget
Awesome food with super friendly service. The smoked brisket is not to be missed. The fries are incredible and are actually cooked in beef tallow like the old days and are served with an incredible smoked garlic aioli.
The place had amazing food with a unique feel.
Pendulum has been on our "to try" list for far too long, and we're so glad we finally made it in here. This is our 2nd time here, and we can't wait to come back for the next time! My fiancé had the Cuban w/ a side salad this time around and I had the Monte Cristo w/ chips(the chips did not make it to photo time). Can't wait to buy some meats to take home w/ me!
Great people, product, atmosphere and value!
Clean, fun and hip place to have lunch. Great atmosphere including a turntable sound system. The staff and owners are very friendly and attentive. I had the brisket and it was tender and tasty almost like the best pot roast. It was served over thick toast with bread and butter style pickles. The baked goods (cookies and cakes) are homemade and unreal. I can't wait to go back.
YOUR A PICKY A HOLE IF U GAVE IT ANYTHING LESS THAN 5 STARS! ID HATE TO SEE U AT THE FARMERS MARKET OR SUBWAY! LMAO SMH~
Sandwiches made in store are amazing.
Fabulous local gem! Small but cozy. Fresh and local selections to eat in or take home! Local butcher shops are a rarity, and this one is fabulous! You can stay for a bite in house or get some fine elections to take home with you to prepare yourself. The ambience is wonderful. You won’t be disappointed.
Best roast beef sandwich I've ever had
Wonderful shop, wonderful employees and fantastic sandwiches! After I finished my sandwich, I left with a very nice lamb chop , some cheese and a new wine to try. Can't wait to come back to try more!
Food was good but to pricey for lunch. Plan to return on occasion.
Love, love, love this place! Their burger and fries are sooooooooooo amazing!
Nice meat selection
Lunch sandwiches are awesome, has all the fries and aioli! But the hot dogs are the best you'll ever put in your mouth. Period!
I cannot comment on the dining... but to call this place a “butcher shop” is ridiculous. Hardly anything to choose from (2 steaks on a Friday at 5? Really?), uneven cuts, indifferent service and a freezer stocked with things butchered somewhere else. Bummer
AMAZING the most tender and juicy burger i’ve ever had definetly recommend ! didn’t even on plan on coming in , but will come again !
This place is amazing. Worth every penny. Thier lunches are amazing and the fresh meat selection hasn't let us down!
This place is top notch. A proper butcher shop with great cuts of meat. Grab some food and a beer while you are there, you won't be disappointed.
Best fries I've ever had, great meat selection, very friendly and helpful service, and a sweet selection of bottled and tap beer. Honestly the greatest business in Norfolk.
Had dinner at the pop up on Sunday. It was a fantastic experience.
Good food and nice people
We really enjoyed our sandwiches. Looks like they have a great meat selection.
Wonderful butcher shop. Specialty products with honest advertising. If you want to suport humane livestock practices they are the place to go. You will pay more because non factory farmed meat is more labor intense. Customer sevice is outstanding.
Favorite restaurant by far. I HATE roast beef but I routinely drive from Richmond just to get the roast beef sandwich. It's by far my favorite meal. Food network was good to cover this.
Great local butcher shop. Wonderful stop for lunch. Very friendly owners and staff. The meats are great.
Delicious meats, tasty condiments, even the bread was to die for. The staff were all super nice and attentive. We are just sad we have never been here before!
Flat out excellent. Best Cuban I've ever had. Environment is welcoming and friendly.
This was my first time purchasing anything from Pendulum. I'd heard about it and gone in a few times, but went in for some Chuck Roast. The guy who assisted me was very knowledgeable and courteous. It was pricey but you get you pay for and my roast is amazing! I have never had a pot roast turn out so tender or amazing. Honestly, I could tell the difference in the quality of meat, as I was preparing it. This is definitely something I'll build into my budget.
I came down from Woodbridge cause I saw your shop on the food network triple D and saw the oxtails u have and i had to get some it's been a long time since I had fresh oxtails I was so very happy with the service and I couldn't wait to get home a cook them and again was happy they were the bomb and can't wait to go back and get me a lot more COME HERE FOR THE BEST SERVICE AND FRESH FOOD THANX
Awesome food and good sized portions.
It was odd eating our food before we paid. I think I would rather do it first thing and then just get up and go. Regardless of this the food is good, atmosphere was nice and place is clean. Not much table space so time it wisely.
Market pricey but good food
Amazing!!! Their Cuban is mouthwatering good. I'm a huge fan of their bread loaves too!
The roast beef absolutely melts in your mouth. They also carried unique meats that were also delicious. I even got some pigskin treats for my dog
May be the best roast beef sandwich I've ever eaten. My wife and I got a roast beef sandwich and a Cuban sandwich and both were outstanding. They were served on focaccia bread with a smoked aioli sauce and a side of rosemary and garlic fries that can't be beat! They had 4 sandwiches to choose from that cost between $10 & $12. They have a couple of coolers with craft beer, soda, wine, and a few small selections of cheese and desserts. Their main display cases have beautiful cuts of meat that aren't cheap, but I haven't seen this quality in any other shop. I highly recommend this place - it's the best sandwich shop I've tried in the 757.
all Around, great place. A gem in Norfolk. Great quality meats, killer lunch menu. This is a must. Go for lunch, leave with dinner fixins.
Amazing meat selection, even better sandwiches.
My go-to spot for fresh cuts of meat. And I absolutely love the stocks they have for takeout!!!!! That homemade taste without the work.
Friendly staff and the Cuban sandwich was great!!
Clean. Fresh young faces smiles with great service. The open face brisket could bring world PEACE. Vegans try the best damn french on earth. I will visit them with my last.
Awesome food! We came in today because we caught a rerun of a June airing of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives last night. Having watched what effort goes into the flavors, we felt we had to try it out. We will be back to try the other sandwiches AND the boudin I saw in the cooler!!
I tried their beef sandwich and it was super tastey. It comes with a side of fries and a mouthwatering dipping sauce that makes your taste buds jump for joy. The bread is triangle. Need I say more? Yes. For about $10, you can have one of the better sandwiches you'll try in the area.
Fantastic, albeit small, butcher shop that also has fresh baked goods and sandwiches. Discerning carnivores owe themselves a trip here.
Great butcher shop. They make you feel welcomed. Preferred the sliced brisket to the chopped. Fries were on point. Will be back!
First time visiting this place today, recommended by a co worker, i must say it was a great suggestion. nice small place butcher shop/ restaurant. i will def be returning soon. had the jerk chicken sandwich GTG!
This is why we have 5-star reviews. The food is incredible and the service is friendly. Importantly, despite being 5 stars in every category, their prices aren't unreasonable. You can get a massive sandwich and fries for only around $10-$12. Plus you can buy beer there and they don't upcharge it 300% like every other restaurant. Because of this place I'm now going to my other 5 star rated places and downgrading them to 4 stars because I feel like they haven't earned the right to be held on the same pedestal as Pendulum. If that's any indication of how great this place is...
great sandwich, great service!
The smoked brisket sandwich here is amazing to say the least! The selection of beer is almost as grand! Great customer service and a very well maintained establishment. My wife and I shall continue to patronize this establishment!
Sandwich was delicious. Service was just great.
LOVE THIS PLACE!!! the burger and fries are sooo good... Everyone there is so friendly and welcoming, feels like home... Everything is fresh and the garlic aioli TO DIE FOR!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND
The house made Carolina BBQ sausage is awesome. Mix the ground brisket and the ground chuck for some best ever burgers.
best in region, outstanding quality and affordable!
The food is fabulous. The meats are amazing. The service is kind and graceful
I was drooling because of all the amazing cured meats, and was given a napkin. They're used to that. Great place.
The sandwiches are delicious! Quaint place. Not a whole lot of seating places.
Saw this in an episode of DDD and when we found ourselves in Norfolk we had to give it a try. We were overjoyed at the experience! The food and service were wonderful. The sandwiches are shareable sizes but we had to get our own to try other options. Each choice was delicious. The fries are a feature of their own. Grabbed a bottle of wine and some blocks of cheese from the cooler as an appetizer and enjoyed that during the short wait for the main attraction. They have their own parking lot which is also a bonus during peak times.
Excellent food. Most friendly staff. Very clean and light atmosphere. Gluten free and dairy free possibilities. Will go back when in the area.
Very friendly staff. Food was good just a little pricey.
Very eclectic and nice atmosphere!
Best meats around I've found in the 757
Great quality meats, and the sandwiches they sell are super tasty.
Very knowledgeable staff n very good food!!!
I have only had the hot dogs and chorizo but if they are any indication of qaulity then you are in for a treat and a sidenote keep your eyes peeled for pop ups definitely worth it
Great custom meat and sausage
Great Brisket Sandwich!
Love the smoked meats and craft beer selection!! I need to visit this place more often!
Great brisket ,,,very pleasant employees local beverages..i was amazed after experiencing the whole scene,,,.will be back,,,,
This is by far the best butcher shop I've ever step foot in! Everyone there is so amazing and the meat is well worth the price. I would live there if they let me.
This little place is a gem in downtown Norfolk. The luncheon counter is worth a visit for the freshness of the meat and the fabulous sandwiches. The sandwich pictures is their burger with fries. It was the Friday special for a very reasonable price -$6 ($8 with bacon). Since this is a butcher the meat was fresh, the toppings complimented the beef very well, the brioche but added the right of sweetness to the whole dish. The fries were outstanding, dusted with salt, pepper, garlic, parmesan and deep fried with rosemary. I will be coming back!
The days of being friends with the milkman and butcher are not behind us. At Pendulum you'll find fresh, local and ethically sourced proteins prepared and served by the same friendly faces week after week. From a small dinner, to a family feast; Dylan and team have all the beautiful proteins (and the beer and wine to pair) that you could ever need. Food doesn't get any more local, or delicious, than this. Bone-in pork chops, chicken confit and hand-made Bahn Mi sausages are real standouts. Don't forget the homemade cookies!
Pendulum is a hidden gem, having a range of food that hits the spot. I enjoyed the chicken wings and soup. It was FULL of FAVOR. The amount of time to prep for food was worth the wait. The ambiance was very different, giving the place its own unique character. I was glad to stumble upon Pendulum.
Both sandwiches were amazing but we favored The Butcher. Especially with the habanero chips. Dave had the idea to put some inside of the sandwich...OMG. it really added a nice touch to it.. The chips were super hot when you eat them alone but putting a little inside of the sandwich gave it a nice 'kick' and the crunchy texture was a perfect touch to the amazing flavor of the roast beef that seemed to melt in your mouth.
Amazing food!! Must try!
Amazing food and prompt service.
Excellent steaks, good selection of wine. A bit pricey though.
We loved the atmosphere and the food and the staff. Highly recommend this restaurant!
Really great. True to their slogan. The decor/vibe is great, everything flows without looking like they are tryhards.
Service was good and friendly. Got brisket and fries. Fries were hot and tasty. Brisket was like leather. Very dry and tough. Not impressed. 4 stars on service and ambiance. 2 stars on the disappointing brisket.
Wow, I never thought heaven was so close to home! I thought this place was just a butcher shop, but they have some produce, some bread, some signature treats, wine by the bottle, beer on tap, lunch on demand AND loads of service from knowledgeable guys and gals behind the counter. There are several tables for having lunch in, plus a few farm toys for the sweet little children accompanied me (my own darlings). All amongst clean and stylish subway tiles, attractive cabinetry, and framed photos of the local produce sources.
This place is awesome! You get what you pay for and more! Beautiful cuts of meat, a fantastic location (it has it's own parking lot in Norfolk which is rare), excellent lunch specials and a super friendly set of employees. I've bought a lamb saddle roast, lamb chops, a bone in leg of lamb, house made bacon, bone in rib roasts, and a wide variety of lunch meats and different cuts of steak and I was impressed with every choice. If you've never had mortadella then please ask for a sample, it will change the way you think about lunch meat.
Our favorite sandwich shop in all of Tidewater! The brisket and Cuban are personal favorites .You also can't beat the $6 burgers on Friday. The food and service are tremedous. We love visiting!
Excellent burger Friday for $6 nice and nice butcher shop
Really really good sandwiches....good prime meats and have a good glass of wine..... What a jewel of a place
Great customer service. The burger is delicious.
Went to grab some spices. Came back the next day for lunch. Family had the Cuban and the beef and cheddar. It was amazing. The aioli with the fries were spot on.
Great place. The atmosphere was lovely and nice. But the food was AMAZING!
This place rocks!! They really deserve all the stars!
Favorite local place...great sandwiches, employees and owners are amazing...great CSA with Va local meat. Can't get better than this
First time there. The staff is super nice. The place has a cool atmosfere with old machines, LP's and legos going on. The burguer was def fresh and tasty. The fries are delicious with herbs and garlic. The beer selectiob is not ample but varied enough and they have wine bottles too. You pay after you eat which I like. The space is small though, it seems like a house with tables all around Lol its cozy but at lunch time is crowded and stuffed. It takes like 20 min to get 2 sandwiches. O.O The price reflects the freshness maybe?
The staff is so friendly! The food and atmosphere are great!!!
Love Pendulum Fine Meats! Their custom services are outstanding. Their customer service is beyond compare.
Butcher shop & deli by day. Ramen shop by night. All amazing quality, quantity, and variety. Classes on butchering, a collection of records, it's own food reference library, book swap section, and decent selection of craft beer and wine. Seating is limited and it is very busy. If you order the herbed fries, get them to go and let them steam a bit to infuse the flavor of the rosemary and garlic cloves more...trust me.
Went to codex, which is the pop up restaurant inside from Wed - Sunday evenings. Service, wine and food are all A+.... The pork shoulder with blistered tomatoes was on point. Never a disappointment. Try the burger or fresh fettuccine dish... Both were some of the best I've ever had locally!!!!! Bravo!
Pendulum is a really cool spot. Its a hip hangout with friendly staff that are more than happy to help you and advise the best option for your taste. They serve stellar sandwiches and the best part is the meat is fresh, organic, grass fed and local. I got a 45 day dry aged ribeye and it was simply stellar. Absolutely full of rich flavor. I also liked that they offer a good selection of local kombucha (Blue Ridge Booch), beers, ciders and wines. Highly recommend Pendulum for fresh local meats and great service!
Very Good, the Burger was so good! It could've been a lot Bigger though.
What a great place. The food was awesome. The meat case was beautiful. The Guys working there were great. They make an Alolie bbq sauce that I can't get enough of. It was a little pricey...( $27 for lunch for 2) but it was really good. Hubby loves it! We will definatly eat there again!
Super friendly, cozy place. The food is one of a kind amazing!!! I go as often as I can.
Great meat and great atmosphere.
Although it's a popular spot, I'd still call this a hidden gem. Open 11-4, Pendulum Fine Meats' Luncheonette is a perfect lunch spot for Solo or smaller parties. I've had an assortment of their sandwiches, but I mainly stop on Fridays for their burger special. There are no frills: "The Burger" is a classic style burger with fixins. What sets it apart is the premium beef patties, cooked to a perfect medium-well. I recommend adding bacon. The atmosphere is like a small indie coffee shop. Exposed brick walls, old hardwood floors, butcher block tables. Seating is quite limited (so don't linger too long after lunch!), but they make good use of the space. I wouldn't recommend dining in for a party any larger than 4. It's always quite busy, and finding a table to accommodate might prove tricky. Along the perimeter of the space are a lot of treats to bring home or supplement your meal. They've got a case with unique local and regional meats you can bring home and cook. There's a good assortment of wine, ciders, beer, Mexican Coke in glass bottles.. Fresh cookies bakes daily, slices of cake, fancy gourmet chocolates. They've got a well curated selection. I'd give them six stars if I could. This place deserves the praise it receives from locals.
Great food and nice service.
Wonderful food good atmosphere. Definitely will go again.
Besides being a good butcher they also serve several delicious sandwiches for lunch. Lots of other local goods for sale also.
Wow!!!!!! From the decor to the music from the record player, this place is an experience. Everyone from the host, to the butchers and the owner were very friendly and professional. They made me feel like I was at home with my family. The food......the food. The best way I can describe it is this way: Even if you'd just finished stuffing your face somewhere else and you were turned off by the sight of food; you would still lick your plate clean after having any one of Pendulums options set in front of you. I will be going back dozens of times!!!
Great place. Great food. I git their burger and fries and let me tell you. This place is amazing. Meat was tender and juicy. Fries were definitely something else. Buns were not soggy and I took my meal to go! I can’t imagine if I eat it all there. I am telling my coworkers about this place, bringing family when they visit. They do need a bigger parking lot and more tables and chairs.
Not even exaggerating but best burger in Norfolk and with there Friday special putting it at $6 cannot beat it ANYWHERE
Confusing to find as it was located in the middle of a neighborhood but they had parking which was a plus. Nice cozy atmosphere, staff was hospitable and explained the menu which was helpful, food was tasty.
Didn't eat here. Bought some meat from the butcher shop. Probably the best cuts of meat that I have ever bought. The place has been featured on the Food Network and I think the prices reflect that. Definitely go if you want to treat yourself/ family/ friends
Super nice staff and always have great selection. Prices are a bit high, but you get what you pay for. And their Ramen restaurant that opens at night is simply perfect.
I wish all butchers had the same philosophy as Pendulum. You have lived until you have experienced CSA. The lunch and pop-ups are excellent.
It's my go to place for exotic meats.
I used to come here quiet often for some chorizo and butter. When I feel like steak, this is the only place I will drive 45 minutes for to get a couple ribeyes. Always worth it.
Delicious meat, the best roast beef sandwich, good drink selection, and a great atmosphere
I expected this to be a butcher shop, and it is, marketing local meats, cheeses, beers, pizza dough, veggies, and way way more. But it is also a wonderful sandwich shop! I just finished what I'd probably the best roast beef sandwich I have ever had! Holy crap! Also, the staff were very nice, and took extra time to ensure we had a great experience.
Wonderful butchers shop. Try the hard lemonade! Had to get two growlers of it because it was so good.
High quality meats and other quick trip items. You can also come for a meal and get one of the best sandwiches in the city. You cannot go wrong with either the fries or salad as a side.
Pendulum Fine Meats is located in a green converted brick house behind the NARO Theater off of Colley and Shirley Ave. The first time I ever heard of Pendulum Fine Meats was from a coworker, who was a chef a long time ago, raved about how good and fresh their meats and sandwiches tasted. He also knew someone who worked there. So, I decided to try them out a few times. Their roast beef sandwich (The Butcher), house ham and turkey sandwich (The Count), and their herb fries with the aioli dip were all amazing! The quality of their sandwiches were consistent. I haven't tried the burgers yet, but my other friend told me their burgers were very delicious. On Fridays, they have a $6 burger and fries special. Unfortunately, you have to order the sandwiches before 4pm because it changes over to Codex (currently). Tables are limited. They do have a parking lot area, but it's somewhat small. Staff was friendly and helpful.