We are just back from a long weekend in Williamsburg and wanted to share reviews of the restaurants that we visited. We made most of our choices based on recommendations from this board. I should say that each one of these restaurants was a much better value than we usually get when eating out on vacation. The prices were very reasonable.
Five Forks Diner--Very friendly service, classic diner atmosphere. The menu was a bit limited but we liked everything we tried for dinner, including Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Fingers, Roast Turkey and a Hamburger platter.
The Cheese Shop--Yum. It was a gorgeous day to eat outside and the outdoor atmosphere is charming. Indoors was another matter. It was a very busy Saturday and the sandwich counter area was bedlam. There is not enough space indoors to have an orderly system of ordering or waiting for sandwiches. Between waiting to order our food and waiting to pick up the food, we spent nearly an hour at the store before we ate a thing. That said, the sandwiches (tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad and pastrami) were very good. I'd love to try more. I would just make sure to go at a "off" time.
Pierce's Pitt BBQ--Okay, this place is NOT about atmosphere, it looks and operates like a fast food restaurant. That said, we sure enjoyed getting our food quickly and it was very very good. I would definitely go back there for pulled pork. The hush puppies were the best I've ever had and even the fries were pretty good. The kids meal ribs were a bit spicy for a kids meal, so avoid that unless your kid is used to spicy food.
Chickahominy Inn--Eating here, I felt like I was a character in a classic movie about the American South like Steel Magnolias or Driving Miss Daisy. Everyone in the restaurant and store seemed to already know each other. The service was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed the ham and biscuits and Brunswick stew (chicken soup was a bit bland) and sweet tea. The portion sizes are smaller than we are used to, but that just leaves room for pie. We tried three different kinds of pie and each one was perfect.
La Tolteca--Friendly service, huge menu, reasonable prices. Big margaritas. It wasn't the best Mexican food I ever had, but it was perfectly fine.
Five Forks Cafe
4456 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185