Williamsburg in October

Old Aug 23rd, 2007, 12:23 PM
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Unless you really like seafood, I wouldn't do both Berrets and Whaling Co. I have always been very happy with the food and service at Whaling Co. The decor is cheesy, dark, and nautical, though. It's near Busch Gardens.
Berrets is in Merchants Square and has a lighter more up to date look. I haven't been in years except to their patio.

Blue Talon will have a more varied menu than Fat Canary and is slightly more casual. Probably a better choice for your 12 yo unless she is real foodie.

You don't mention any ethnic restaurants which we have quite a few of that are good. They would be perfect for casual meals.

Two others I want to mention that I think you might like are Cities Grille out on Rt 5, perfect when returning from the plantations, and the Kingsmill marina. Cities Grille has steaks, crab cakes, chicken etc. I mention the marina because it should still be open on weekends when you are here. The crowds will be smaller and the setting is worth seeing. Very casual, looking over the James River.

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Old Aug 23rd, 2007, 06:54 PM
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We did Fat Canary, Blue Talon and Berret's while we were there. They were all good, but Fat Canary was definitely our favorite. Slightly more dressy (althugh not much), maybe just slip on a skirt with sandals. We celebrated my 15 yo daughters birthday there. Your description of how you like to eat sounds similar to ours. We did eat at the Kings Arms for lunch - and were quite surprised that we actually thought it was pretty good.

I would recommend reservations for all, but just a day or so in advance. We stayed at a B&B and would discuss where to eat in the morning and they would make a res. for us later that day - except for Fat Canary - made those in advance due to B-Day. They even printed Happy Birthday to her on the menu!!

Be sure and go to the Cheese Shop for sandwiches/salads for lunch - excellent and it appears they share a kitchen with the Fat Canary.
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Old Aug 23rd, 2007, 10:08 PM
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The Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg is excellent, but it will take an entire day. I was recently there for 6 hrs and didn't finish. Sounds like you may be heading to Monticello instead, but just wanted to make sure you knew it wasn't a small place. Have fun!
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Old Aug 27th, 2007, 10:51 AM
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Birdie- We are all looking forward to the seafood, so that won't deter us from trying both Berrets & Whaling Co.!
We will probably just check out the menus for all before we leave & make our choices that way, as it sounds like there are so many good places to eat! We were considering Sal's by Victor & Giuseppe's, possibly for lunch. Any other recommendations for ethnic restaurants would be appreciated. I'll look into the Cities Grille & the Marina - sounds perfect for that day.

jgg- By the sounds of it, the Fat Canary is a must. I can't tell you how many excellent reviews I have read...same goes for the Cheese Shop.

Momof3boys- Thanks for the input on the museum. I will have to look into all of our options & hold a democratic vote!!

Thanks all! Any & all suggestions are appreciated!
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Old Aug 29th, 2007, 08:58 PM
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obxgirl, you mentioned homecoming being the weekend of Oct. 27th. We will be in town that week (the 21st through the 28th). What should we expect? Will traffic be horrible? Will everything be crowded?
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Old Aug 30th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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Peggy, I'm not going to lie to you. Friday and Saturday (the 26th & 27th) could be fairly crazy.

Strongly recommend you book well ahead for restaurants and activities (golf, tennis, CW special events, etc).

Those are not the optimal days to visit the Cheese Shop, Sals, The Green Leafe Cafe and the various college deli's.

I don't think traffic will be all that bad simply because there is so little parking available in CW and W&M's campus. The exception will be Saturday with the Homecoming Parade in the morning and the football game in the afternoon.

Mostly there will be lots of people. But they'll be happy people, cheerfully re-living their misspent college years. Kind of goofy but fun.

The rest of your week will be fine. Things will start to thin out a bit on Sunday (the 28th).

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Old Sep 27th, 2007, 05:26 PM
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I know I'm late to this post, but couldn;t help myself . I live here in Williamsburg and am in the tour business so I can give advice from both sides:

1 - the evening program African American Music is outstanding. I'd put it above Cry Witch in a second! In Our Defense is also wonderful.

2 - Fat Canary is amazing - our favorite but now Alize is coming in a close second. It's on Prince George Street not far from the Blue Talon.

3 - Sal's by Victor is pretty good. The Thai Pot at New Town and there is a very good INdian place (I am blipping on the name but it's on Monticello near Sal's but in the shopping center across the street where Big Lots is, and also Chez Trinh (Vietnamese and aroudn teh corner from Sal's). I'm afraid that we don't have a lot of good ethnic food here. Casa Maya on Richnond Rd has pretty good Mexican food. If you want to travel for good food and a great view on the water, go to River's Inn in Gloucester.

I would skip the Whaling Company - but I'm not a chain person. Berrett's is close and good.

You're coming here at a gorgeous time of year - go to Shirley over Berkeley. Berkeley is nice, but Shirley's home is more impressive. It's also a great picnic spot!

Have a ball!
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