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May 22, 2014 05:41 AM

Best of historic Williamsburg Taverns

I will be in VA for a week soon and we always like going to Williamsburg for a day. We never had eaten there. I'd like to go to one of the "historic" taverns for the experience and want to know if there is any real difference in the food? I figure even if we are doing it mainly for the fun of it, we might as well go where we can get chowhound approved food.


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  1. It's been ages since I was in Historic Williamsburg, but I still have The Willismsburg Cookbook that I bought on the strength of the Rum Cream Pie served at Christiana Campbell's Tavern.

    I no longer recall what I had for dinner, but if you like seafood, it probably still maintains the same standards.

    1. They are all the same level of quality (ok. You go for the experience.) so look at the menus to see what appeals.

      1. Shields Tavern is nice. Go for lunch as the expense is a little less. Go in the evening to restuarants other than the taverns but go back for Fife and Drum through the streets (check schedules). Go to the Farmer's Market in the early hours on Merchants Sq. on Saturday morning. Coffee and great baked goods and other items (Goats R Us cheese is amazing).
        Taverns just arent the only experience to focus on. DOG Street Pub in Merchants Sq has great beer selection, Dinner at Fat Canary is expensive but amazing.