Fall is a fantastic time to visit and take a tour of William & Mary as well as Williamsburg in general. However, it’s important to make sure that during your stay you don’t fall into what I like to call the “Chain Restaurant Pit”. While Williamsburg does have a great assortment of different types of restaurants available to cater to the large tourist population, particularly all along Richmond Road, we have several hidden gems for those that want to get a glimpse of some local favorites.
Food for Thought
Located a short drive up Richmond Road from William & Mary, Food for Thought serves delicious comfort food with a twist. This restaurant is worth a visit for the ambience alone. The walls are decorated with inspirational quotes and pictures of influential people, there are thought provoking conversation cards on the table to use while you wait for your food, and the menu reads like a storybook. I’d recommend the zesty Cilantro Lime Chicken or the melt in your mouth Pot Roast, and the best Creme Brulee in town for dessert!
South of the Border
While Williamsburg has an abundance of Mexican restaurants, this is by far my favorite in town. It’s a little off the beaten path on Second Street, but it’s worth the extra trek. When you arrive, the salsa they serve you is made fresh daily and you also get a bowl of refried beans and queso mix which is literally the most delicious nacho dip ever. South of the Border has all of your classic favorite Mexican entrees as well as offering some more traditional meals with fresh local seafood.
Aromas is a student favorite for a quick meal, cup of coffee, or just a place to hang out and study for a bit. Located right around the corner from Brown Hall in Colonial Williamsburg, Aromas is an extremely convenient place to grab something quick before or after your tour. You’ll probably see quite a few students hanging out so don’t be afraid to say hello and ask us a question! We’re always happy to help! Back to food though, I’d recommend the Bacon Mac and Cheese and a Caramel Macchiato Latte!
Blue Talon Bistro
Right across the street from Aromas, Blue Talon is a favorite for students to have their parents take them out for a meal on visits, as it can be a bit pricey. However, it’s worth the extra splurge as the French bistro is absolutely delicious! Plus, you get a free meal on your birthday so what’s not to love?!
The Whaling Company
If you’re making a trip to Busch Gardens during your visit, I’d recommend a stop by The Whaling Company for dinner on the way. They serve, in my opinion, the best fresh seafood in town and every kind that you could ever imagine. The restaurant is set up to look like an old lighthouse on the outside so you can’t miss it and it has the feel of being inside a traditional wooden ship inside. My recommendations: The Boatsmans Platter [shrimp the size of a baseball, scallops, and fresh cod plus two sides!] with a slice of Caramel Delight pie for dessert.
College Delly is a classic hangout for students and alumni alike, especially on a game day. Decked out in William & Mary sports memorabilia, it’s a great place to get into the William & Mary spirit. Located right across the street from Zable Stadium, there isn’t much that can beat choosing from one of their zillion sub choices on the heated patio discussing the latest football game.
The Cheese Shop
Lastly, The Cheese Shop is a William & Mary classic! It’s located right across from the Wren Building in Merchant’s Square and is constantly bustling with activity. They serve delicious hand made sandwiches that will knock your socks off. Don’t forget the house dressing, no Cheese Shop experience is complete without it! My personal favorite is the roast beef sandwich on french bread with house dressing, cheddar cheese, and heirloom marinated tomatoes! Mmm, mm good!