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Jul 19, 2012 09:08 PM

Family friendly food in Lynchburg, Williamsburg, Ocean City...


Me and my family (wife, 5 yr old, 2 1/2 yr old) are taking a road trip through Virginia to DC to New Jersey. First stops are Lynchburg, then Williamsburg, then through eastern Virginia to Ocean City.

Any recommendations about good places to eat that are family friendly. Prefer local cuisine that will give me a flavor of Virginia. Recs about good breakfast places would be helpful as well. Thanks!

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  1. Williamsburg most things are family friendly, very few exceptions (like the higher end joints) , do a search for Wiliamsburg and there are a lot of good suggestions.

    My current fav in Williamsburg is the Five Forks Diner. A little out of the way from the historic area but we like it a lot. Now has a sister restaurant called Honeybutter's Kitchen, it is basically only a few months open and I havent had a chance to try it out. .

    There are tons of Pancake Houses in Williamsburg (They may have the highest concentration per capita of pancake houses known to ever exist in the history of the world) that range from the sublime to the terrible, but I think Five Forks Diner has them all covered.

    For dinner in Williamsburg, lots of family friendly places; we liked Doraldo's because parking was easy, food was pretty good, and there was a lot of space between tables so if your kids acted up a little they wouldn't be right in someone's face. (or if one of them wanted to pretend his car was superman and try to make it fly... ). it was good food - no where near the best in town probably, but nice service, and good food, ok wine list, and easy for families.

    At all costs, AVOID AVOID AVOID Black Angus Grille. AKA the Legends Bar & Bistro .
    Black Angus has changed names or used other names in the past. so between meeting friends, going the myself and getting takeout I have had the dubious honor of eating their food multiple times.
    It is at best aggressively mediocre , the food I have had there is mushy or overcooked or lacking in flavor. For some reason it gets rave reviews, but for the quality of the food, the prices are high and it's just not that good, and the service is hit or miss (sometimes very good, other times understaffed)

    I haven't had great luck in Lynchburg and never been to Ocean City

    1. How long will you be in Lynchburg? (in other words, are you looking for multiple restaurants, or will you just be driving through?) Also, "family friendly" means different things to different you mean a place where they don't mind kids or are you looking for a place with a kids menu? Also, are you looking for Southern type cuisine, or by "local" do you mean some place that uses local ingredients?