NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Viking Burger is struggling just like many other small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the owner hopes their made-to-order menu and excellent customer service will keep patrons coming back.
The burger joint is located at 11745 Jefferson Avenue, not far from City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News. The owner, David Coman, said they opened in 2014 at a different location and have been on Jefferson Avenue for about a year and a half.
When you walk into the modest restaurant, you’ll find Viking themed items, from handcrafted wall hangings to the Viking ship light fixture in the center. The theme is also evident in their menu.
Coman described the Odin. “Burger patty, cheese, Viking sauce, two onion rings, and a pickle, and we put these together so if you open up your burger, it looks like an eye."
He wants everyone to know that it’s not fast food; it’s craft food.
“We do everything fresh here,” Coman proudly said. “We hand cut fries. We press our own patties. We use very little pre-packaged items. We don’t even have a microwave in the building.”
Viking Burger also has a line of hot and spicy foods featuring ingredients like grilled jalapeños, ghost pepper cheese, and “Spit Fire” sauce.
If spicy is what you’re into, we’ll warm you up in the winter for sure,” exclaimed Coman.
Coman says not all the food is spicy. They even have a children’s menu.
Viking Burger does have seating; however, because of COVID-19 restrictions, only two tables are being made available. Most of the business is carry-out or delivery through Grub Hub or Door Dash.