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Called "Williamsburg's best restaurant" by The New York Times, Fat Canary opened in 2004 and has become a local favorite. Located in the bustling Merchant's Square, there is a separate menu for those sitting inside and for those on the porch during warm weather. The porch menu is more limited and less expensive than the indoor menu, but great fare can be found on either. Fat Canary serves nouveau American cuisine featuring many fresh ingredients and the wine list is extensive.
The original King's Arms Tavern was constructed in 1772 under the direction of Jane Vobe and immediately became the tavern of choice for the upper echelons of Colonial Williamsburg's society. Today, the tavern has been reconstructed so that visitors can enjoy a delicious meal in a fashionable colonial setting. Little details like the period piece descriptions on the menu and the colonial offerings, will make patrons feel like they've stepped back in time. At dinner, the restaurant is lit entirely by candlelight, and musicians dressed in colonial garb serenade patrons.
Started in 1985 by brothers from the Williamsburg area, the Second Street Restaurant is an American bistro serving up creative and tasty fare. The brunch menu is available only on Sundays, but lunch, dinner, and nighttime options are available the rest of the week. There is a wide range of entrees and a good choice of inventive salads. Delicious burgers have been voted the best in Williamsburg and the desserts are as sumptuous as they sound. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant becomes a great local hangout to drink and meet the locals.
Great traditional Southern cooking is closer than you think. This establishment, started in 1955, serves breakfast and lunch daily with a distinctive colonial atmosphere. Menu favorites include their famed Brunswick Stew, Plantation Breakfast and chicken & dumplings. After your meal, take a look around the nearby gift shop, which has three stories of antiques to browse through.
The Carrot Tree Yorktown is located in the historic Cole Digges House which was built in the early to mid 18th-century; it is best known for being Yorktown's oldest home. There is a focus on using fresh, local produce, ensuring dishes are flavorful and of a high quality. The Carrot Tree also serves up great desserts - most notably, the house carrot cake and coconut custard pie - as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads. There is another location, Carrot Tree Kitchens, in Williamsburg on Jamestown Road. Call ahead for hours.