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Williamsburg for a large group

Try Doraldos. They do buses.

Jun 05, 2014
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Best of historic Williamsburg Taverns

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

Jun 05, 2014
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Brunch in the city for a large group

I wanted to check back and let you all know that we kept our reservation at Square 1682. The spot turned out to be perfect for us. We had an upstairs private room with a round table that seated 15 very comfortably. Everyone could participate in the conversations. It was restaurant week so most of us ordered off of the special menu. The food was fabulous and the kitchen sent up a variety of gelatos to accompany our desserts. We would definitely rebook if our number is the same.

During my weekend visit (with my Blue Hen daughter) I also enjoyed breakfast at a. kitchen, beer and snacks on the sidewalk at Rouge, dinner at Parc, pastries at Metropolitan Bakery, and take-out from DiBruno Bros. It was a yummy weekend and I'm looking forward to returning to your lovely city. Thank you for all your help.

Oct 19, 2012
birdie in Philadelphia

Chang Alive and Well in Williamsburg

Is that the one across from Books A Million, 1Buckeye? I"ll have to give it a try. I haven't been in that building since the horrible Asian buffet that used to be there. Hopefully, Peter Chang's will last longer than the others have.

Sep 30, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Williamsburg:Taste of the Seasons Harvest Dinner at W. Lodge?

Nothing in Williamsburg is far from the Lodge. You can get anywhere in Williamsburg within 15 from the Lodge.

Sep 21, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Williamsburg:Taste of the Seasons Harvest Dinner at W. Lodge?

You can knock Chef's Kitchen and Fat Canary off the list. Neither are places I think a 9 yo would be comfortable at. Second St doesn't have the reputation that some of the other restaurants in town do but it has a great, varied menu and I've never had a meal I didn't enjoy when I dined there. I think it would be a very good choice for the family. Food for Thought, on the other hand, does have a good reputation but my meals there have been meh. I also like the atmosphere better at 2nd St than at FfT.

Sep 21, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Williamsburg:Taste of the Seasons Harvest Dinner at W. Lodge?

For dinner I'd recommend Blue Talon in Merchants Square. It has a French bistro menu and is casual enough for your 9 yo. For a Southern fix, try the Chickahominy House on Jamestown Rd for breakfast. Your son may enjoy lunch at Charleys at the private Williamsburg airport. It's about 10 min from town off 199. Usually at least one plane takes off or lands during lunch. Plus they have great sandwiches and pie.

Sep 19, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Richmond, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, Virginia [moved from Southeast board]

I'm sorry we missed your post but I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm not sure why you had low expectations for Fat Canary. It has a great reputation.

Sep 19, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Williamsburg:Taste of the Seasons Harvest Dinner at W. Lodge?

I haven't heard a thing about this dinner and apart from grabbing a drink in the bar, I haven't eaten at the lodge in years. I can't tell you that you should skip it but if you want to hear about the restaurants in town, we can help you out. Tell us what you like.

Sep 19, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Brunch in the city for a large group

Thank you everyone! These are great suggestions. All of the menus look yummy but it's hard to tell what the spaces at Fish and Supper are like. Can you elaborate? Are there private rooms or would a large group overwhelm the main dining room?

We have a reservation at Square 1682 booked but their private room will only hold 15 and we'd like to be able to expand if we need to. I do love Parc but it is often noisy and we were afraid we'd have trouble conversing as a large group. I think Old City, Center City, and Rittenhouse would be areas we would be interested in. It's a varied group of adults so I wouldn't want it to be Lacroix Sunday brunch expensive but also not Midtown cheap. (although I do like the Midtowns).

(bluenhensfan - Are you coming down to Williamsburg for the game?)

Sep 18, 2012
birdie in Philadelphia

Brunch in the city for a large group

We are trying to find a brunch spot in Philadelphia that can accomodate a group of 15-18 people. The brunch would be on a Sunday in early October. Any ideas? Thank you.

Sep 13, 2012
birdie in Philadelphia

Great New Pub in Williamsburg

I don't think it hurts to tell it like it is. It's a pub in a converted old bank. It's loud and energetic and seems to be attracting a lot of the locals. Not a bad impression IMHO.

Jul 06, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Great New Pub in Williamsburg

I'm not sure how "classy" a place can be with a big screen tv in view of the entire restaurant and I've heard that the sound level is really high but I think it's a fun addition to DOG St and it's always nice to have more outdoor seating in the historic area.

Jul 06, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Williamsburg, VA Area

Reservations at Waypoint on weekends are a must. The place has been packed which is great for the middle of January in Williamsburg. I haven't tried it but reports are good.

Jan 21, 2012
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant in the city for birthday celebration for 21 year old?

Many thanks, cook262! I made a reservation at Oesteria. I have always wanted to try it and she loves Italian. I'm glad to know that it has a fun vibe.

Jan 21, 2012
birdie in Philadelphia

Restaurant in the city for birthday celebration for 21 year old?

I need some recommendations for a birthday celebration. We'll be staying in the Rittenhouse Square area but willing to go to other neighborhoods. She'll be turning 21 in the days following the dinner so drinking is not a priority for this evening. I'll leave that celebration to her college friends. There will be two young adults and two parents in the party. She's a foodie but I think it would be fun to go to a place with good food and a lively atmosphere and one we haven't tried. Years ago we went to Tangerine and enjoyed it. I'd love to find a place along those lines. We've been to Distrito, Alma de Cuba, Table31, Lacroix, Fork, James. Any ideas?

Jan 21, 2012
birdie in Philadelphia

Where to buy sushi-grade tuna in Hampton Roads Area

They sometimes have it at Fresh Market. Check the NN or Wmsbg stores.

Jan 25, 2010
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Where to Eat in Williamsburg VA

I think Le Yaca offers a very nice lunch that isn't very expensive.

Sep 28, 2009
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant Recommendation in Williamsburg

Another vote for Fat Canary. Also Le Yaca near Busch Gardens for french. Blue Talon has a nice bistro menu.

Jul 18, 2009
birdie in General South Archive

Italian bakery near Yorktown, VA?

Florimontes at the far end of the Crossing Shopping Center at 199 and 5 in Williamsburg has a few things.

Jul 18, 2009
birdie in General South Archive

Best cheese steak in the Triangle

I gotta tell you that if those peppers are bell peppers, then Dain's cheesesteaks aren't even close to being authentic. Only Italian peppers, sweet or hot, are allowed anywhere near a Philly cheesesteak.

Jan 15, 2009
birdie in Southeast

Colonial Williamsburg

There are a lot of choices within walking distance. There are, of course, the colonial restaurants if you want something different. For a little bit more upscale dining you could go to the Trellis or Blue Tavern. More casual fare can be found in the next block over at Aromas coffee house and Retros. Retros has great fries, burgers, etc.

Dec 27, 2008
birdie in General South Archive

Thanksgiving Dinner in Williamsburg

Also look at Kingsmill www.kingsmillresort.com. They always have something planned for holidays and the setting is gorgeous. If you eat early enough, you can take a walk down by the river afterwards. Even if the meal is in one of their ballrooms, it will be special. Their banquet food is wonderful.

Aug 27, 2008
birdie in General South Archive

I-95 In Philly to 1 S in DE to 13S through MD to Norfolk

If the timing works out better that you eat closer to the CBBT then Stingrays in the Exxon just a few miles before the CBBT has good seafood. I don't think they have hardshell crabs though.

Apr 24, 2008
birdie in Mid-Atlantic

Fabulous lunch in Charleston yesterday

Thank you! I am also headed down there Friday with my daughter. This sounds like a place both of us would enjoy.

Apr 16, 2008
birdie in General South Archive

St. Croix restaurant report

During a recent trip to St. Croix we had the opportunity to try some great restaurants and some not so great ones.

Savant - We ate outside in the lovely courtyard setting serenaded by the frog or bug in the greenery that was very entertaining. I would recommend that you do not sit on one of the concrete benches at the side. They are very uncomfortable. The menu was varied and imaginative. Some of the dishes were marked as spicy. We found that most of the food, marked or not, was overspiced. It was probably the worst meal we had during the trip. Not horrid, but certainly not great.

Bacchus - A big improvement over Savant. The best service we had. Son said his steak at Bacchus was better than the one at Kendricks. I started with a fantastic, tangy, potato, sausage salad with a mustard dressing and then had the portobello, vegetable entree. Yummy.

Kendricks - My favorite. The wait staff was a little young and inexperienced but the manager more than made up for it. She was great. My salmon was my favorite meal of the week and is in my lifetime top 5. My husband thought his tuna was wonderful. The outdoor setting at Kendricks was as lovely as Savant's but more comfortable.

The Terrace at the Buccaneer - We ate two dinners here at our lodging site. They were very good. Not as memorable as Kendricks or Bacchus but high quality and the view can't be beat.

Mermaid at the Buccaneer - Right off the beach. Salads were good. Do not order the mint tea. It's like drinking mouthwash.

Lunches at:
Off the Wall - What a setting!!! Fabulous beach location and view. Warning, though. They put red pepper flakes in the hamburgers.

Duggans - Another nice setting on the beach. Good salads.

We can't wait to go back.

Where can I get Schweppes Bitter Lemon?

I agree with macdaire. We have always used it as a mixer, usually with gin or vodka so I can't imagine substituting lemon soda. We used to bring down cases of Schweppes to Virginia from NJ and found it gradually harder and harder to get. I'll have to try those links. Thanks.

Dec 26, 2007
birdie in Pennsylvania

The Homestead

We have found that Sam Sneads has better food than the dining room. It is more casual and you miss the whole grand dining room experience but it is worth going across the street for a dinner or two.

Oct 13, 2007
birdie in General South Archive

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Licensed veterinary technician specializing in anesthesia. It has nothing to do with food.

Sep 15, 2007
birdie in Not About Food

BBQ around Hampton, VA

If you're driving by Williamsburg on I64 on your way to Hampton, you should stop at Pierces' on Rochambeau.

Aug 29, 2007
birdie in General South Archive