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Best Local Cuisine in Williamsburg

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Fat Canary

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.

410 Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA, United States, 23185
King's Arms Tavern

The original King's Arms Tavern was started in 1772 under the direction of Jane Vobe and immediately became the tavern of choice for the upper echelons of Colonial Williamsburg society. Today, the tavern has been reconstructed in such a way that you can enjoy a delicious meal in a fashionable colonial setting. The restaurant owners have gone a step further to make their diners feel like they have stepped back in time like having the servers dress in costumes. At dinner, the restaurant is illuminated by candlelight, and musicians dressed in colonial garb serenade patrons. Known for its hearty American meals, its specialties include Peanut Soupe, Sallet, and Pecan Pie.

416 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA, United States, 23185
Second Street Restaurant

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.

140 Second Street, Williamsburg, VA, United States, 23185
Old Chickahominy House

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.

1211 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA, United States, 23185
Carrot Tree

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.

1303 Jamestown Road, Yorktown, VA, United States, 23690
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