Perfectly Frank, a “one size fits all” type of eatery, has called The University Village on Monarch Way home since 2005. Growing as much as Old Dominion itself, it has become an institution for Norfolk locals. This comfortable hole in the wall serves delicious food from an extensive menu to a cornucopia of people. If you pay them a visit, expect to dine with college students, professors, families, construction workers, both white collar and blue collar workers and everyone in between. The staff appreciates every visitor, no matter their background or the direction they are headed.
The owner of Perfectly Frank, Tarah Morris, has worked in the restaurant industry since she was 14 years old. She started waiting tables for Famous Uncle Al on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach while in high school and while attending ODU. In 1999 she purchased Uncle Al’s Greenbrier location. Falling in love with running a business of her own, she embraced the grueling hours and hard work. Six years after purchasing her first restaurant, while raising two beautiful sons, she opened Perfectly Frank at ODU with the help of a friend. A year later, Tarah opened her third location, followed by 2 franchises. Though the prospect of growing a hot dog empire was exciting, something was missing. That something was the small, hometown feel of a unique place to grab a yummy bite to eat. Scaling back and reevaluating what was important to her, Tarah let go of every project with the exception of Perfectly Frank at ODU.