Posted 18 August 2005 - 10:33 AM
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Posted 18 August 2005 - 10:35 AM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 10:36 AM
Posted 18 August 2005 - 12:38 PM
The Trellis and Berretts are a little more high end, but not exactly Citronelle quality. There are tons of Italian and "family" restaurants as well.
Other all time favorites include Mama Steve's Pancake House, the College Delly, and Paul's Deli.
Finally, this place is new to Williamsburg in that I haven't eaten there in a recent visit to my grandparents, but it looks interesting and I think I'm going to have to take them there: Cities Grille
Posted 18 August 2005 - 01:00 PM
I was not at all impressed with Trellis when I was there last. Williamsburg has lots of places to eat that are suitable for children in tow. I second staying away from the Historic area establishments, except if you are willing to pay the money, Shield's Tavern is kind of neat and the older kids will get a kick out of eating in the same place that George Washington, etc. ate.
STay away from the estabilshments in the historic area. Is the "Trellis" still open? If so, I recommend it.
For breakfast, there are several pancake houses around the historic area (where all the hotels that are next to the historic area are.) that are not bad for what they are.
If you visit Jamestown, and you should, the Polo Club Restaurant & Tavern (135 Colony Sq) is a good place to have lunch on the way back. Large portions and not expensive, good food (burgers, shrimp, etc.)
Posted 22 August 2005 - 03:07 PM
And, whatever you do, don't miss the Cheese Shop. Get the house dressing on your sandwich. Mmmm.
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Posted 22 August 2005 - 03:13 PM
hellish weekend - felt like it was 150 degrees at Busch gardens on Sat, long lines for everything - by the time we left and showered at the hotel, the most energy we could muster was to trek across the street to a Cracker Barrel, where we had, yes you guessed it, a 45 minute wait for a table!
by this time I was in a foul mood, and then as if by magic, a very good medium rib-eye steak arrived at my table!
I did stop by the Cheese Shop on Sunday for a look around - seems like a nice place - the timing wasn't right to get food there but they had Cashel Blue for $15 a pound which I thought was reasonable......
bad weekend to go to W'burg though...too hot
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 11:46 AM
Posted 20 February 2006 - 10:35 AM
We attempted to get a reservation there on Sat., for Sunday dinner but alas they were booked and while we were put on the wait list, we didn't get a call. They do however, offer the menu at the bar.
We found ourselves on a very cold night, in the mood for bistro fare and sat ourselves at the bar of "The Blue Talon" bistro, were the bar service was genial and accomodating. While sipping a nice house white and watching on the large plasma tv not Olympics (thankyou) but classic Julia videos, we settled on an asparagus salad, braised beef and rotisserie chicken with side of frits.
The salad was greens lightly dressed in a sherry vinegarette, chilled roasted asparagus(salt, pepper, olive oil)sat atop, then topped by thin baguette slices with melted brie and finally topped with a poached egg. Lardons were interspersed generously.....very generously.
My braised beef was fork tender, but not falling apart. Carrots, pearl onions, turnips and fingerling potatoes were all happily sitting in a red wine sauce.
My husband's chicken looked juicy and the frits were crisp and perfectly salted, sitting upright wrapped in paper.
The entrees were under $20 and the salad was wait for it...........$7.95.
The Blue Talon Bistro website:
Located near the intersection of Prince George St.and N. Henry St. Park at the garage (P1) entry on N. Henry. Only a buck an hour and beats the hell out of insane and impatient SUV drivers whipping through the free lots surrounding Merchant Square shops, looking for a space.
Other than that, we visited the Cheese Shop for lunch, but decided that in the time it would take to belly up to the 20 deep counter for a sammy, we could take a brisk (well, fricking face numbing) walk down to The King's Arms and get a seat and begin sipping peanut soup before we'd have said sammy in hand and then try to figure out were to park ourselves and eat. I mean, I like the Cheese Shop fare, but standing hungrily, shoulder to shoulder with my fellow hungry colonial interlopers for a half hour just to give my order would probably end in a violent act on my part. I don't know what, but I just had a feeling.
At The King's Arms, we were greeted? by a young woman who I can only assume was playing the part of Colonial Wench, very well might I say. After giving the number in our party, and asking timidly about the wait time, she snapped back that it would be about 15 minutes, which it was.
While warming my butt by the real fire in the waiting area, I lamented that it was a shame that Midol wasn't invented during Colonial times and that those poor women must have suffered only second to the men around them.
On to lunch, our server was kind, the place itself is rather shabby and run down, but the peanut soup brought me back to why I like eating there every now and then, even though it's overpriced and very underwhelming. By that, I refer to the ham and cheese sammy for $12, and cheeseburger, um grilled chopped sirloin, for the same.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 11:40 AM
I enjoyed the Blue Talon, a french bistro nearby W&M. I had a classic salad with asparagus, lardons and topped with a poached egg. My husband had a nice roast chicken with frites. I'd highly recommend it. And, the prices are fantastic. Peruse the website for food and wine specials.
Any recent recommendations? Fat Canary still worth a visit?
Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:29 PM
Posted 18 May 2007 - 01:22 PM
I liked Cities Grill fine and for being out in the back-country the wine attached wine shop (the de-facto wine list) was very nice. It ain't CiyZen, but it had good food well-prepared.
Any recent recommendations? Fat Canary still worth a visit?
Some more suggestions here.
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Posted 22 May 2007 - 10:52 AM
As the Chef explained, he and his wife happened upon an episode of Emeril on a bar tv when they were out one evening. (Strange, no?) He noticed that only the "special" people in the front got to sample what was being prepared during the show, and felt bad for the rest of the audience. Thus, he decided to create a resaurant where the cooking was done in front of the guests, similar to the live tv format, and everyone gets to eat.
Dinner consists of hors d'oeuvres & champaign when you walk in, followed by five courses with matching wine. There is only one seating per evening, Wednesday through Saturday. Guests walk away with recipes for everything that was served that night.
The food was consitently good, sometimes very good. The format of "dinner as a show" does lead to some limitations, but it's pretty unique for the area (if not unique overall), and may be just the break you need from the historic triangle & Busch Gardens.
Due to limited seating, this is definitely something to plan ahead if you want to go. The FAQ on the restaurant site suggests that parents use their best judgement about whether to include kids in the reservation. To paraphrase, dinners last about three hours, and might be a trial for many kids.
We liked it enough we've already been back for a second visit.
Posted 17 July 2007 - 03:20 PM
The meal at the Trellis was very unmemorable - cheapest stemware I've ever seen in a place with $20+ entrees, and they didn't let me know when they ran out of the sweet potato side (the main reason I ordered the pork tenderloin entree), they just slapped some regular mashed potatoes on the plate and hoped I wouldn't notice.
I'd be more likely to return to the clubhouse at the River Course on the Kingsmill resort for their cloyingly sweet (but very much to my personal taste) peach crepes with maple butter and crispy bacon...
Posted 25 July 2007 - 02:38 PM
Cheese Shop: For the sammies. I usually get the VA Ham and turkey combo with cheddar and the house dressing.
Pierce's Pit BBQ
Green Leaf Cafe
Blue Talon Bistro: Went there for the first time my last time down there. It will be part of our rotation.
Whaling Company: Nothing great, but I haven't found any great seafood places.
Casa Maya: Again, nothing great, but I get in the mood for Mexican every once in a while.
Aromas: I've had some decent fondues there and it's one of the few places open on a Sunday night.
Those are my usuals. Haven't been to Captain George's or Trellis in a while. I'd love to try Fat Canary, but I keep forgetting to call far enough in advance to get a reservation.
Posted 12 January 2008 - 12:32 PM
A pulled pork dinner at Pierce's BBQ - the pork was tasty but the coleslaw was pale and meh. The hushpuppies are oblong and for an instant I thought there were corndogs made with cocktail weenies. This is the season for Brunswick Stew which improved greatly with the addition of a couple shots of BBQ sauce. Definitely drive past the Sonic and the Great Wolf Lodge and hit this place if you need to get out of the car.
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Lowlight: Christiana Campbell dinner - the food was passable, but during this winter season it was the only historic restaurant open for dinner. I'll just say it was historically accurate. Who knew the Sir Walter Raleigh Inns dotting suburbia actually resemble the authentic exterior?
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 10:34 PM
They're fantastic, but are apparently made authentically enough that they go stale in a day. Tossed in the blender, they make excellent pie crust crumbs.
Posted 24 September 2008 - 03:30 PM
Our other meals included lunch at Cracker Barrel, which was adequate. My wife's roast beef dinner was surprisingly good.
We also got take-out from Sal's By Victor(?). The pizzas (both regular and sicilian) were a step up from Domino's. The chicken fingers were horrific, as they were 90% breading and 10% chicken. They came with a side of fries which were in desperate need of Viagra.
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 04:59 PM
This review made me decide to make a detour to Pierce's last night before we headed home from Williamsburg. I'm not sure if the place has changed ownership, or there was a revolt in the kitchen last night, or they ran out of all of the good stuff by the time we got there, but the food I had at Pierce's last night was TERRIBLE. It tasted like fast food that you would get in your typical airline terminal, except this had sweet BBQ sauce on it. They were out of the ribs, so I didn't get to give them a run, but the BBQ Platter that I got should have been a pretty good judge as to how this place would be in general. My pulled pork tasted either like oil or lighter fluid, I couldn't quite place it, but I don't think I should have to. It was quite simply the worst version of a really easy BBQ dish that I have ever had. Rocklands and Capitol Q are award-winning recipes compared to this. The accompanying fries were the frozen krinkle cut variety and the hushpuppies were overcooked and had a strong onion flavor to them, which I found very odd. My wife's BBQ Chicken Platter was, if you can believe it, worse than mine. She had a breast of chicken that was identical to the ones you get in the frozen food section at Costco. You know the ones that kind of look like chicken breasts, but when you cut into them, the texture inside resembles in no way what a real breast looks like. So for $8.99, she got one of those with a watery, vinegary sweet sauce and the aforementioned fries and hushpuppies. Abominable.
I grew up in Virginia Beach, and would whenever we would trek over to Williamsburg a stop at Pierce's Pit BBQ was always in order. It is delicious BBQ and am positive that you will enjoy yourself when you stop by.
I wouldn't usually get on here and blast a place like this, but after reading this thread, my takeaways were Blue Talon, Cheese Shop, and Pierce's. Pierce's, at this point, is absolutely not a place to go out of your way to, and I would recommend going there only if every other restaurant is closed at that time and you're starving. And a bit of a masochist.
Posted 10 March 2009 - 09:28 AM
Also, any other recent opinions on Pierce's? I was thinking of grabbing some take away to eat when I get home.
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 04:12 PM
With only 30 minutes, I guess it depends where you are on campus. The Cheese Shop is easily accessible from the east end of campus. If you're closer to the football field (NW part of campus), the Green Leaf Cafe at Scotland St and Richmond Rd is good. I'm not sure what the vegetarian options are, though, so I can't help with that.
Have to spend the day at W&M tomorrow-any suggestions on where to grab quick bite without a long walk from the campus? I'm hoping to avoid eating cafeteria food. It's been more than a decade since I last spent time on campus but I seem to remember the Cheese Shop being a bit far for a 30 minute lunch break in heels. I'll be with a vegan so any suggestions that will appease her are welcome.
Also, any other recent opinions on Pierce's? I was thinking of grabbing some take away to eat when I get home.
Posted 04 September 2009 - 01:51 PM
Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:11 PM
Ended up at Green Leaf over the weekend. It was somewhat disappointing; not as good as I remember from previous visits.
Probably heading down to Williamsburg this weekend. Anything new and exciting this year? If not, the wife and I will probably hit Blue Talon again and there's certainly nothing wrong with that.
I noticed a new pho house, but didn't try it. Maybe they'll get a couple more soon and get some good pho competition going. Pho sure is spreading like crazy.
Posted 22 November 2009 - 11:39 PM
The chicken was nicely done and very tasty. There was a wine list, but I'm not a wine drinker so can't comment.
Overall, the place was nicely appointed with quotes stenciled on the wall, clean lines and nice lighting. Service we efficient. The speed is pretty quick but they won't rush you if you wish to take your time. The tables were a little close, but not too bad - in fact the only downside to our meal was our neighbor, an annoying "foodie" who kept asking things like if the beets were freshly chopped for the beet soup. Note that being a foodie and asking about freshness isn't the issue, its how you do it, and with what expectation. This was done in a kind of pushy fashion.
Anyway, the place seemed a great value for the price, about $70 with tip for the 4 of us, including appetizer and a beer. The menu items were interesting yet homey, including items like pot roast. And while I doubt each side item was carefully custom cooked for my plate, those same sides seemed carefully made from quality ingredients. Therewere vegetarian options and the kids meals were decent - not the usual brush-off for them.
The place isn't a secret. It is easy to find and we had a short wait. Well worth it.
Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:17 PM
I was there last September, and had a wonderful meal. I can highly recommend Blue Talon Bistro as well. Very good food, cocktails, and wine, reasonably priced. And the gourmet sandwich shop next to the Fat Canary has a wine store downstairs. Get your sandwiches upstairs, head downstairs and buy a bottle, borrow some glasses from them, and head out to the patio for a nice afternoon lunch.
We will be in Williamsburg for a couple of days later this month. This restaurant was recommended to us by friends: http://www.fatcanary...g.com/home.html
Anyone ever been there?
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 03:24 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:45 PM
Stopped at Pierces for a quick lunch on the way to the beach. The pulled pork sandwich (which came with slaw on it) wasn't bad. The sauce, while flavorful with a bit of heat, had some cinnamon/nutmeg/clove notes which aren't my favorite. Greens were very good and of course you have your choice of sweet or unsweetened tea. A decent spot for a stop to break up the ride.
A pulled pork dinner at Pierce's BBQ - the pork was tasty but the coleslaw was pale and meh.
A few exits down (#242) is the storefront location for La Tienda. It's not a restaurant, but there may be some tasty morsels to sample and plenty of Spanish goodies with which to stock your larder. Alas, the Pimentons de Padron are only available through mail order, but I'm happy to even have that as an option (which I have made use of twice in recent weeks).
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:53 PM
We would have loved to try the Fat Canary, but they were booked solid two weeks out, so we ended up at the Blue Talon Bistro. I liked the vibe, but the service left something to be desired (amateurish) and the menu read better than it was executed. The gateau basque, however, blew us out of the water. I have never had one before, so it could have simply been average, but it was almost worth the other disappointments (pied de cochon, chicken and mushroom crepes) just to taste that dessert. By the way, I also loved the fries, but I hadn't had a french fry since 2011, so I could have devoured anything that resembled a french fry at that point.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 02:53 PM
The place itself was pretty cute, lots of local(?) art on the walls, art books sitting about, lots of weird looking chairs. There were only a few other people who were in while we were, they seemed to be regulars since the staff knew them all. Staff did a very good job, nothing to complain about.
I ordered a four cheese omlet (Cheddar, Havarti, Swiss, Feta), which was gigantic and very rich. I think it would probably be a good plan to split it between 2 people, as it was way too much for me to handle alone. I got a special coffee drink that was very good as well, though the drinks don't seem to be listed anywhere online that I can find.
My wife got a special breakfast combo, which I believe was some slight variation on the one listed on the online menu ("Flaky Croissant w/Brie, scrambled egg, homemade jam, small Salad, coffee"). She enjoyed the whole thing of course. Worth noting that the slice of Brie that came with it was pretty significantly large as well.
We got a few cookies to go as well, and were certainly glad we did.
We also managed to squeeze into the Fat Canary (with a reservation made earlier in the day no less). Happy to report that it was even better than advertised here. I ended up ordering the stuffed quail, and boy was that the right choice. The service was just as spectacular as the food as well. Don't miss out on this place when you visit.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:34 PM
Warning: This review is almost a year old, but in my defense I wasn't a member of this fine establishment a year ago. That being said, it was partly because of this thread that I ended up at Food for Thought for an early dinner last March. The other two reasons were the proximity to my hotel and the introduction to the "undercooked and raw" disclaimer, which is as follows: "With its omnipotent wisdom our government requires that restaurants reprint their menus and post the following shocking information. . . ." Further snark is added after the disclaimer. That kind of sarcasm is right up my alley.
Since I arrived rather early for dinner was practically the only person there. I remember having the Shrimp Boat, because the idea of breaded shrimp in a potato skin was intriguing. It was excellent. I know I had something else, but I can't remember what it was (either another appetizer or a salad). But I do remember that I ended up full and happy.
Service was nice and attentive, and after I was done eating I finished my glass of wine while watching the NCAA tournament at the bar with various staff members. A few hours later the whole area went nuts after Norfolk State defeated Missouri. I was elsewhere when that game ended, but I bet I would have been having a good time if I was still at the restaurant.
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