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Jul 8, 2011 07:36 AM

Driving from Wash DC to WIlliamsburg, VA and then back to NY

Driving with our 2 kids(7 & 4- both very good in restaurants) from a Wedding in DC down to WIlliamsburg and then back up to NY. Have not been through this area so looking for any guidance on where to eat/stop along the way and once in Williamsburg ... any do not miss stops . Thanks for any advice

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  1. Pierce's BBQ in Williamsburg is on your travel path. Love the place.

    1. I like Opus 9 in Williamsburg, but have not been in a while and someone had posted recently that the service was not great. My husband is a pizza fanatic and loves Sal's by Victor. I enjoy Blue Talon Bistro and Fat Canary as well!

      I am not a fan of Pierce's BBQ, but there's Prince George's BBQ right off of 295 S if you're going past Richmond. There are several suggestions on this board for places to eat in Richmond if you find yourself going through there!

      What kind of food are you interested in?

      Fat Canary
      410 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

      Blue Talon Bistro
      516 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

      1. (Paste of my response to another question). Live in Williamsburg and frequently visit area restaurants. In the Merchant's Square area near Colonial Williamsburg, there are 4 places I would recommend - The Fat Canary and adjacent Cheese Shop for fine dining, and great sandwiches and prepared takeout, respectively, the Trellis for American Regional, Blue Talon Bistro for classic french bistro fare in an upscale environment, and Berret's for seafood. There are also a couple of places in or near the New Town development - Center Street Grill (American Regional with some nice Asian influences as well), Buon Amici (Italian), and Thaijindesu (newly opened sushi and Thai - second location of a great restaurant in Newport News). Nearby is Baker's Crust, a good choice for lunch. Newly opened in the Monticello Shopping Center is Moon Asian Bistro, a pleasant surprise featuring upscale atmosphere, nice service, an innovative sushi and Asian menu, and a great kitchen. I also like a local, one location Italian place, Giuseppi's on Old Towne Road near the Premium Outlet mall. Out Route 60 near Busch Gardens are an excellent decades-old French Restaurant, Le Yaca, and across the road from it a nice Thai place, Emerald, and another quality local Italian offering, Maurizio's. Near the College of William and Mary, many people like Paul's Deli for reasonably priced good food and the Green Leafe Cafe for its good food and excellent selection of draft and bottled beer. That should get you started. There are plenty of good dining alternatives in Williamsburg now - far more than a few years ago for those who haven't been here in awhile.

        Fat Canary
        410 Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

        Le Yaca
        1915 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185-5663

        Center Street Grill
        5101 Center St, Williamsburg, VA 23188

        Blue Talon Bistro
        516 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

        1. if you want to stop in the richmond area on the way there are many great places - just need to know what type of food and where you might want to stop and what time of day (especially if it's a sunday)... i live there with a 5 & 8 year old who like restaurants - so i could probably point you in the right direction...

          oh and despite the fact that few foodies are going to point you there, i still think that with kids you should eat in one of the historical taverns in williamsburg. it's part of the experience.

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          1. re: AMFM

            Agree, and suggest the King's Arms.

            1. re: 1Buckeye

              ok, great...I made a reservation there

              1. re: apples

                Have a great time. I'm a transplanted Texan (moved here in 1972), but I truly love Virginia for its beauty, historical significance (nowhere greater exemplified than in Colonial Williamsburg, although nearby Jamestown and Yorktown and Jefferson's Monticello and Washington's Mount Vernon, are true jewels), and gracious people. You will also find Virginia a much more fun, eclectic, and sophisticated place for dining and entertainment than when I first moved here. Welcome and enjoy!

                Colonial Williamsburg
                427 Franklin St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

                1. re: 1Buckeye

                  agreed! i am a transplant too who fell in love with the richmond area. historical, beautiful, arty, fun, natural - enjoy your trip! my kids love colonial williamsburg. and if you need to stop in richmond on the way back an easy stop is RIGHT off the boulevard exit on the 95 - the baseball stadium, the science museum, the children's museum, the art museum, and the historical society are all right there but kitchen 64, buz & ned's bbq, and stronghill are all places you can go with kids - and all way better than usual right off the highway traveling fast food fare, even if not the best richmond has...

                  1. re: AMFM

                    Just got back from Richmond and agree completely with Kitchen 64 (and their ice cream shop next door Sweet 95!). Comfort, Galaxy Diner (more for the kitsch) and Nacho Mamas were also favorites. AMFM's recs were right on target so I'm sure those others are great. BTW the art museum which is fab on its own is also FREE. My kids enjoyed it. Science Museum had more than other science museums we've been to. (If you belong to a science museum at home, check to see if it is a member of ASTC. If so, you can get in free at the one in Richmond as well as others nearby. Great when you have just an hour to spend and don't want to spend too much money.)

                    We love Sal's by Victor pizza when we are in Williamsburg. We've had a lunch at King's Arms, but aside from the decor it wasn't memorable. But then I don't have bad memories either.

                    Galaxy Diner
                    3109 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

                    Kitchen 64
                    3336 N St, Richmond, VA 23223

                    Nacho Mama's
                    3449 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

          2. My kids always liked the College Deli near William and Mary College and the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg. Interesting subs / sandwiches and kid friendly.

            Across the street from the College Deli is the Greene Leafe Inn. A little more of an adult atmosphere than the College Deli, but still very good sandwiches, and a good selection of beer on tap.

            Pierces BBQ gets mixed reviews these days as it has grown into a more commercial place than it once was.

            Another choice that you can make that will have a mixed reviews is to eat in one of the restored colonial taverns. It is one of the few places where you can experience a dinner or lunch as the colonists did. It can be pricey, but then again, how many times will you be in Colonial Williamsburg for this type of experience?