• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

Williamsburg Restaurant Week 2015

Would you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ?

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association

Reservations are suggested.

Restaurant Week 2015 in Williamsburg will be the week of January 18-24, 2015.

Berret’s Seafood Restaurant ~ L/D $30.15
Blue Talon ~ L/D $30.15
Chili’s Grill & Bar ~ D $20.15
The Cove ~ D $20.15
The Gabriel Archer Tavern ~ $L $10.15
LeYaca French Restaurant ~ D $30.15
Nawab ~ D $20.15
Opus 9 Steakhouse ~ L/D $30.15
Prime 46 forty ~ D $30.15
Riverwalk Restaurant ~ L/D $20.15
Sal’s by Victor ~ L/D $20.15
Second Street An American Bistro ~ L/D $20.15
Terrace Room Williamsburg Inn ~ D $30.15
Traditions Williamsburg Lodge ~ L/D $20.15

Although Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association is holding its 2015 Restaurant Week Jan. 18 – 24,  Colonial Williamsburg is making its special menu available for much longer.

Looking for a yummy lunch? Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge has you covered. They are serving up an amazing two-course meal for just $10.15! The best part? It’s available through March!

Chef Justin Addison and his Traditions team have created a comforting lunch sure to warm you inside and out during these bitter cold months—complete with a hot vegetable bisque alongside a ham and cheese sandwich with tomato on toasted bread. You also get a salad packed with feta cheese, pickled onions, and apples. Click here for the menu.

How about dinner? There are two options for you depending on your mood.  First up is dinner at Traditions at the Williamsburg Lodge. Enjoy a three-course dinner for just $20.15. That includes dessert! Click here for the menu.

Over at the Terrace Room at the Williamsburg Inn, you can mix and match to your liking with our $30 three-course special. Click here for the menu.
The dinners are only available through the end of January, so be sure to take full advantage!


Smallcakes comes to Williamsburg VA

imageLet the cupcake wars begin !

There’s a new dessert coming to town – decadent, gourmet cupcakes. Smallcakes: A Cupcakery, a popular nationwide cupcake brand, will be opening a location at 4640 Casey Blvd Williamsbury, VA in Settlers Market

Smallcakes was founded by Jeff Martin in Kansas City in 2009 and has grown to over 75 locations offering specialty cupcakes baked fresh daily. Martin and Smallcakes have received national recognition with his three appearances on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a feature on the morning television show The View, catering cupcakes to star-studded events such as the MTV Video Music Awards, and being listed as one of the Top Ten Cupcake Places to try in the country by USA Today.

“We’re thrilled to have a Smallcakes opening in Williamsburg and have received a great response from the community since announcing we were coming to town,” says Martin. “We pride ourselves on delivering delicious cupcakes made from scratch every morning right from the kitchen of your neighborhood cupcakery.”

The cupcakery’s daily menu features 12 signature flavors – Birthday Cake, Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Cream, Chocoholic, Cookies N Crème, Hot Fudge Sundae, Lemon, Peanut Butter Cup, Pink Chocolate, Pink Vanilla, Red Velvet, and Vanilla-N-Chocolate – as well as a rotation of over 100 specialty flavors such

as Maple Bacon, Fat Elvis, Cannoli, Strawberries N’ Crème, Tiramisu, Apple Stuffed French Toast, and Pumpkin.

“Summer is the perfect time to introduce Smallcakes to the area. We have a terrific seasonal menu including Pecan Pie, Strawberry Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, Cherry Limeade, and Beach Bum just to name a few. We look forward to making your summer events a little sweeter with a Smallcakes cupcake,” adds Martin.

The Williamsburg franchise is owned and operated by area locals Patrick and Leah Polowichak. Martin says, “I’m excited to have Patrick and Leah on board, and their enthusiasm for great cupcakes and great customer service is evident when you meet them.”

Smallcakes Williamsburg is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit Smallcakes online at www.smallcakescupcakery.com and on Facebook.

WARA Iron Chef/Wine & Food Expo 2014 Saturday, April 12, 2014

iron chef williamsburg vaIn February of 2009, WARA hosted their first ever Iron Chef Competition. The success of that event prompted them to make it an annual event.with a goal to showcase local talent and gain recognition for the Association.

This year the event will be held  on  On Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Nine regional Virginia chefs battle it out  in an Iron Chef competition similar to what is seen on many of the top-rated cooking shows on television

Also included in your admission price is the opportunity to taste over 75 wines from around the world sure to tantalize your palette.

The Wine and Food Expo portion of the evening will showcase an extensive selection of wines as well as a handful of specialty dishes from local WARA restaurants.

Competing chefs will be from:

Williamsburg (2nd Street Bistro, Berret’s, Colonial Williamsburg)

Richmond (The Blue Goat, The Country Club of VA, The Savory Grain)

Virginia Beach (Catch 31, Steinhilber’s, Hot Tuna).

Colonial Williamsburg, The Cheese Shop – Merchants Square, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant, Blue Talon & Opus 9 Steakhouse will serve their greatest cuisine, with heavy hors d’oeuvre.

Over 75 wines from around the world, will be on hand to tantalize your palette, this is included in the admission price.

April 12, 2014

6:30 – 9:30 pm

The Williamsburg Lodge

$60 pp/$110 couple at the door

$40 non drinking

Save the Date

Contact Info:
(757) 221-6835

Buy tickets here



New restaurant opening in New Town

Saporni Ristorante Italiano will open in New Town on Monday, July 15, 2013

The opening will feature the work of award-winning artists, Lynn Hosegood, with her Italian watercolors series paintings, and Dorothy Greos’ abstract paintings.

The restaurant will be the second location for owners Giuseppe and Angela Amato, with their sons, Dario and Luca , the other restaurant is in Chester, VA


The family is from  Carini, a small town on the outskirts of the capital of Sicily. The Amato Family has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years  at their restaurant in Chester.VA and delight in making people feel welcome while enjoying a taste of home.

image"Sapori" is the Italian word for "flavors", and our vision for Sapori is one of authentic, fresh flavors that are a fusion between traditional Sicilian recipes and modern culinary concepts.  Their dishes, most of which come from generations-old family recipes, feature fresh-grown spices from our indoor herb garden. Contrary to the fast-paced world in which we live where prepared foods are full of preservatives and additives, Sapori uses fresh ingredients and handmade sauces as the foundation of it’s flavorful menu. The restaurant shops for local ingredients when in season and display work from local artists to support the community/



Cheese Shop Secret Sauce Now Available for Sale

Mary Ellen Power holding a jar of The Cheese Shop’s  Original House Dressing (Photo courtesy The Cheese Shop. Williamsburg VAWho doesn’t like the legendary sandwiches from the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg VA ? and who loves their original house dressing ?

After many years of requests, they are finally bottling their World Famous House Dressing!  created by Mary Ellen Power, many years ago

Ashman Manufacturing Co.in VA Beach just produced the first batch of 984 bottles. The Cheese Shop’s The Original House Dressing is for sale in the store or by phone order placed with the shop over the phone. in  23-ounce jars for $14.85.

 a legendary Cheese Shop Sandwich (Photo courtesy The Cheese Shop. Williamsburg VAFor more than four decades The Cheese Shop has offered hundreds of cheeses, wines and specialty foods.They have also become one of Williamsburg’s most popular destinations for a casual lunch or dinner. Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square. Stop by and enjoy a sandwich, some , cheese, wine by the glass on their patio on Duke of Gloucester or under the heated and covered patio on the side. (or find a nearby bench when its super busy!)

Check out the Cheese Shop website for more info or their Facebook page


Website Lists A Variety Of Pizza Specials To Be Offered In Williamsburg, Virginia

EatPlayWilliamsburg.com, a website built by Williamsburg
locals Eddie and Mindy Lepp, has posted local pizza specials for Super Bowl Sunday 2013. Eddie and Mindy encourage the support of local restaurants, so only “local” pizza shop specials will be listed. image

Nine local pizza-related establishments are offering pizza specials for this coming weekend. Locals can check out these deals at: www.eatplaywilliamsburg.com/pizza2013/

Noodles and Co to open at Settlers Market in Williamsburg

noodles & things Williamsburg vaA national chain restaurant Noodles & Company plans to open in Settlers Market in Williamsburg VA.

Noodles & Company promotes itself as one of the fastest growing fast-casual restaurant chains in the country, with favorite items that include Japanese pan noodles, a Chinese chop salad, penne rosa and Wisconsin macaroni and cheese.

The restaurant’s specialty, yes, is noodles, serving them up in a variety of styles: Asian, Mediterranean and American. You will also find a variety of macaroni and cheeses on the menu (a down-home style with cheddar and jack cheeses and a version with truffle oil and sautéed Portobello mushrooms) as well as Asian-style noodles (pad Thai and Japanese pan noodles) and Mediterranean pastas (pasta fresca and penne rosa).

The restaurant also offers soups, sandwiches and salads.

Find out more about Noodles & Company, including its full menu, at potentially the best Web address out there, Noodles.com.

Great Deals at The Trellis Restaurant in Williamsburg

imageWho doesn’t like great food? and great deals ?
When you can snag great food at a good deal, it tastes even better. The Trellis Restaurant makes dining out easy on your wallet by offering the best deal’s in town. They are featuring daily specials from January 10th through February 13th, 2013 in addition to an Early Bird Menu (Monday through Friday from 5pm to 6pm).

Here’s how it works:
1) Read this newsletter
2) Print out this newsletter – or, save a copy of it on your Smartphone
3) Print out copies for your friends – or, just forward copies of this newsletter to your friends
4) Bring this newsletter – or your Smartphone – in to The Trellis Restaurant
5) Show this newsletter to your server and we’ll take care of the rest
6) Sit, relax and enjoy your experience at The Trellis Restaurant

Save the Planet…
Print and use the same coupon as many times as you like from January 10th through February 13th (Please note the conditions that apply for each offer)

Sunday, 4-6pm 50% off your food!
Come in for dinner on Sunday evening, between 4pm and 6pm, and we’ll take 50% off your entire meal. This offer excludes cocktails, wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages. But feel free to order as many appetizers, entrees and desserts as you’d like.
Monday, 6pm – Closing Free Salad OR Dessert of your choice
Come in for dinner on Monday nights and order a satisfying entree portion of our New England Style Clam Chowder, or indulge in the remarkable Pork Osso Bucco, and receive a complimentary salad OR dessert of your choice. Discount applied towards each entree order of Osso Bucco and/or Clam Chowder
Tuesday, 6pm – Closing Keep your Receipt, Get a Free Lunch!
Come in for dinner on Tuesday nights, purchase 2 (two) or more entrees, and keep your receipt. Bring in your receipt between 11am and 4pm any day of the week and we will treat you to 1 (one) free lunch entree!
Wednesday, 6pm – Closing Free Bar Appetizer!
Wednesday night is the perfect night to unwind and have a drink at The Trellis Bar, or in our charming Lounge. Receive 1 (one) free Bar Appetizer from the Bar Bites Menu with the purchase of any 1 (one) cocktail, beer or wine by the glass. Offer only available at The Trellis Bar or in The Trellis Lounge.
Thursday, 6pm – Closing Burger Night!
Receive 1 (one) free milkshake with the purchase of our new Wagyu Beef Burger. For a nominal charge, adults 21+ can upgrade to an adult milkshake. Ask your server for details.
Friday Nights Oysters on the Half Shell and Jazz Night!
Come in on Friday nights and enjoy live Jazz in the Trellis Lounge. Sip on signature cocktails, created by our very talented bartenders, and order a dozen fresh, raw oysters on the ½ shell.
For more information and to see a list of upcoming musicians visit: http://www.thetrellis.com/events/jazz

Breakfast Monday through Friday
Buy 1 Breakfast, Get 1 Free!
Come in to The Trellis Restaurant Monday – Friday between 8am and 10:30am and get 1 (one) free breakfast entree with the purchase of 1 (one) breakfast entree.
*One discount per party. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Offers end February 13th, 2013

Stay up with future specials at The Trellis by liking them on Facebook here

More info here

Restaurant Month 2013 in Williamsburg VA

williamsburg restaurant monthWould you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ? What used to be Williamsburg Restaurant week has turned into  Restaurant Month and will run for the entire month of January 2013

I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association.. For more information on the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association click here. Reservations are suggested.

Participating Restaurants include:

 Bakers Crust * L/D  5234 Monticello Avenue 253-2787

 Berret’s Seafood Restaurant * L/D  199 South Henry Street 253-1847

 Blue Talon Bistro * L/D .13420 Prince George Street 476-2583

 Buon Amici * L/D  5201 Center Street 220-8188

 LeYaca * D  1915 Pocahontas Trail 220-3616

 Opus 9 Steakhouse * L/D  5143 Main Street 645-4779

 Sal’s by Victor * L/D $ 1252 Richmond Road 220-2641

 Seasons Restaurant *L/D  110 S. Henry Street 259-0018

 Second Street An American Bistro * L/D  140 Second Street 220-2286

 Stephano’s Pizza & Subs * L $ 110 S. Henry Street 476-8999

 The Crust * L/D  249 Richmond Road 603-6981

 The Kitchen at Powhatan *  3601 Ironbound Road 253-7893

 The Williamsburg Inn * D  136 East Francis Street 800-447-8679

 "Traditions" at The Williamsburg Lodge * D 310 South England Street 229-2141

*May not be combined with any other promotions or discounts.

Check out the wonderful selection of items on the menus listed below.
Restaurant MONTH Menus 2013

Yogurtini opens in Williamsburg VA

Join in for an afternoon of fun and FREE YOGURT!!!  From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, we will be serving FREE delicious yogurt, Treybo will be making balloon creations, and we will have balloons and tattoos for all.  Join in the fun and start your year off right!  Donations will be accepted for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

imageYogurtini®, originally established in Tempe, Arizona in 2008, announces its expansion into Virginia with the grand opening of the popular frozen yogurt franchise in Williamsburg at The Shops at High Street, 1430 High Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

"We are so excited to bring Yogurtini® to the Williamsburg area.  We’ve already received a tremendous amount of support from the community. Everyone loves having so many choices of flavors of premium real yogurt and the amazing assortment of toppings," said Ben Hill, co-owner of the new Williamsburg franchise location. "We are expecting a huge turnout for the grand opening and are thrilled to be partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and supporting their commitment to helping children with cancer," he continued.

The Williamsburg location is the first Yogurtini® store in Virginia. Yogurtini has quickly built a devoted following of its non-fat, real yogurt, pay by the ounce model by providing its customers with a unique experience upon each visit. The serve-yo-self® concept allows customers to make their own frozen yogurt creation, mixing blends and concoctions just like a signature martini. 

Yogurtini® regularly has classic flavors such as Ultimate Chocolate, Classic Vanilla, Chelsey’s Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter, but there is always a surprise for the more adventurous like Northshore Pineapple Tart, Toasted Marshmallow and Ruby Red Grapefruit Tartini. The incomparable Yogurtini® "House" Tart, along with a non-dairy and no sugar added flavor option is always a mainstay. At Yogurtini, Flavortini© recipes are created by mixing an array of frozen yogurts and toppings like the famous "Extra Dirty", a favorite among their loyal following.


1430 High Street Ste. 1104
Williamsburg, VA 23185
@ High Street

Map & Directions

Hours & Phone

11am – 9pm Sun – Thurs
11am – 10pm Fri & Sat

(757) 903-4730

Pierces BBQ Named Top 10 in US

image‘Choosing a “Best BBQ” is like choosing the best NFL football them . Well, almost no superbowl in BBQ.

If you need to add a few items to your bucket list pick up a copy of the latest “National Geographic The 10 Best of -Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers”

In the latest edition Williamsburg VA’s Pierces Pitt-Bar- B Que was named among the Top 10 barbeque joints in the US

The remainder of the list includes BBQ spots from North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas and  Oregon.

pierces bbq williamsburg vaSince 1971, people have enjoyed coming to Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que  hickory-smoked, Tennessee-style barbecue made with Julius C. "Doc" Pierce’s original barbecue sauce. It’s that combination that brings them back, says Andrea Hutchinson, Pierce’s director of operations. "We are known for our hand-chopped, pulled pork marinated in our own special sauce," she says. Order a sandwich – they come in regular, jumbo and Super Doc. Sides include slaw and French fries, collards and macaroni and cheese.

Peter Chang set to open in Williamsburg 9/28

peter chang china cafe in williamsburg vaLater this month, Peter Chang will debut his third restaurant in central Virginia.

The 170-seat Peter Chang China Cafe will officially open to the public on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 in Williamsburg at 1203 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg VA.

The chef already operates Peter Chang’s China Grill in Charlottesville and the Peter Chang China Cafe in Glen Allen, outside Richmond (which Bon Appetit nominated as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America).

The kitchen at the new Williamsburg restaurant will be run by five chefs whom Lee brought over from China. They have been training under Chang to get familiar with his lengthy menu and his approach to cooking the dishes on it. The menu will be slightly smaller in Williamsburg than in Richmond, but will allow for more specials to help give the restaurant its own feel.

You can download his Richmond menu here.  The menu will be slightly smaller in Williamsburg than in Richmond, but will allow for more specials to help give the restaurant its own feel.”

Acclaimed Chef Peter Chang Coming to Williamsburg

Peter Chang is set to arrive in Williamsburg VA . Inside the food world, this is stupendous, even astounding news, but for most people, Chang is the most famous chef that they’ve never heard of. 

He’s a cult figure who’s opened restaurants in Fairfax, Alexandria, Atlanta, Knoxville and Charlottesville. Fans have traded clues about his whereabouts on the web, and he’s been tracked from restaurant to restaurant by Todd Kliman of The Washingtonian, who wrote about his own obsession with Chang’s food in the March 2010 issue of Oxford American. That same month, Calvin Trillin wrote a profile of Chang for the New Yorker.

Peter Chang and his business partner, Gen Lee, are about to expand their Virginia presence with a new restaurant in Williamsburg.They have  just signed a lease for an 8,000-square-foot building on Richmond Road that used to house Wasabi Oriental Buffet.

That’s more than double the size of the Short Pump location , which has been mobbed with customers ever since it opened in February.

Asked how Chang himself will divide his time between restaurants (including the one in Charlottesville), Lee says six master chefs are coming from China to work with him. Three are already here, and one of them, chef Wen-Qiang Huang, is the executive chef at Peter Chang China Café in Short Pump. Huang has worked side-by-side with Chang for 23 years, Lee says. One of the chefs is a master pastry chef, as is Chang’s wife, Lisa, he adds.

The new Peter Chang restaurant in Williamsburg is set to open Oct. 1 2012.

Cook Out coming to Williamsburg

UPDATE : July 20/2013: The new Cook-Out Restaurant in Williamsburg officially opened on Saturday 7/20/2013 at 1660 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

North Carolina-based Cook Out will be making it’s debut in Newport News and Williamsburg VA.

UPDATE: The Newport News Cook Out restaurant opened for business yesterday, Oct 7, 2012.  It is located at 12471 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23602. The site of the former “Castle Restaurant”

The Williamsburg  Planning Commission approved a site plan Wednesday for the new Cook Out restaurant at 1660 Richmond Rd., formerly the Casa Maya Restaurant.. A spring 2013 opening is planned at this time.

cookout in williamsburgFood lovers can anticipate a wide selection of low-priced cook-out fare, made from quality ingredients. The restaurant specializes in grilled hamburgers and hotdogs (cook-out style), chicken sandwiches, and North Carolina barbecue. Cook Out is also known for its variety of “Creamery Premium” milkshakes with choices like “Banana Pudding” and “Chocolate Cherry”.

The Cook Out combo is all about variety.  It comes with one main selection, and two, rather than just one, side dishes, plus a beverage for $4.25. There are several side dishes to choose from: fries, hush puppies, onion rings, chicken nuggets, a BLT sandwich, and more. In addition, Cook Out allows patrons to add toppings to create their perfect burger, instead of leaving them to modify already-built burgers. Cook Out is also known for its variety of 44 different milkshake flavors, made from natural ingredients.

Cook Out concentrates on its drive-thru business the Williamsburg store will also have tables inside.

In a move that undoubtedly brands Cook Out as a phenomenon of the Bible Belt, a variety of religious phrases are printed on Cook Out’s food packaging: “John 3:16” and “God Bless America” are printed on the cups; “God Bless the USA” and “Galatians 6:10” are printed on the French-fry bags; and “THANK YOU GOD FOR AMERICA” and “Psalms 119:165” are printed on the full size bags.

Cook-Out was created by Morris Reaves. He is currently the owner of the company, with his son Jeremy Reaves serving as CEO.

On May 18, 2012, Cook Out celebrated the grand opening of its 100th store in Florence, SC.

At present, Cook Out has no known corporate website. A fan created website (http://eatcookout.com) provides menu and location information for some locations in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. There are over 40,000 fans on the unofficial “CookOut” Facebook Group. The corporate “Satisfaction” phone number printed on drink cups is 1-866-547-0011.

Williamsburg Location Map

cookout williamsburg map

D.o.G. Street Pub Opening Soon In Williamsburg

imageA message from Michael Claar, general manager of the new  D.o.G. Street Pub:
Every dog has his day…ours is in April. Chef David Everett’s D.o.G. Street Pub plans to open its doors around the middle of the month. Once the Suntrust Bank, this American Gastropub will feature 17 draft imports and craft beers to compliment Chef Everett’s delectable "Pub Grub."
Guests can enjoy a relaxed lunch on the patio wrapping around the corner of Henry and D.o.G. Street or elbow up to the bar for a late evening dry Irish stout.  See you soon!

Serving lunch, dinner and late-night, 11a.m.-12a.m. Sun-Thu, 11a.m.-1a.m. Fri-Sat.  757-293-6478

New Waterfront Restaurant To Open @ Kingsmill June 2012

James Landing Grille

imageConstruction is underway on the new two story restaurant at the Marina in Kingsmill Resort!

Soon to be open year-round, James Landing Grille will be a scenic spot where family and friends gather to enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, while enjoying the beautiful sunsets over the James River.

All foundation work and floors are complete and walls are now being erected. The new restaurant will feature an indoor/outdoor bar, indoor dining on two levels and a great new menu! Of course the fabulous deck seating and entertainment will also return along with the spectacular view!

In addition to the restaurant, the new ship store is also coming together. The new store, located adjacent to the restaurant, will have showers and restrooms for Kingsmill boaters and beach goers. The store will also provide necessities for a day on the river or Wareham’s pond. With the opening of the store in April, jet-ski and pontoon boat rentals will also be back this year, operated from this new facility.

This will be the only riverfront dining experience in  Williamsburg and a highlight of any visit to Kingsmill Resort.

  Planned opening: June, 2012.

view from the restaurant in kingsmillPlans below show a huge outdoor deck easily 10 times  large than the old one. This is one of the first phases of the long-term expansion plans announced back in July 2010.

Kingsmill’s multi-million-dollar master plan has been designed to complement the great facilities that already exist at the resort, while capitalizing on its convenient and scenic location along the beautiful James River.

Stay tuned for more updates and see you at the opening of James Landing Grille ! I am thinking this could become my favorite place to dine in the burg.

Read more about the Kingsmill community in Williamsburg here





Woodruff, chef de cuisine @ Waypoint Seafood & Grill in Williamsburg named chef of the year

kyle woodruff and hans schadler ,waypoint seafood and grillKyle Woodruff earned his diploma from the culinary apprenticeship program at Colonial Williamsburg. But his love for food came from two sets of grandparents living in different parts of the country.

"My mom’s father was the barbecue guy who lived in South Florida," says Woodruff. "We would go there for summers and he would always be cooking out on the grill."

Woodruff also remembers visits to Allentown, Pa., where grandparents on his father’s side had a "huge yard filled with fruits and vegetables. It may be why I gained such a passion for locally grown vegetables and produce."

In both locales, the family would gather around the dinner table for discussions and meals.

Today, Woodruff loves to barbecue at home and describes himself as a "seafood fanatic." His skills have landed him a coveted job as chef de cuisine, basically second in command, at Waypoint Seafood & Grill, the Williamsburg restaurant opened in December by chef Hans Schadler. At the age of 28, Woodruff recently was named chef of the year by the Virginia Chefs Association.

Read the rest of the story here.

Free cupcakes ALERT at grand opening of Extraordinary Cupcakes!

imageFree cupcake alert! Celebrate today, at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony and free samples at Extraordinary Cupcakes, located at 1220-C Richmond Road in Williamsburg, Virginia

The shop will feature their Extraordinary Cupcake, a crème-filled chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, as well as numerous other cupcake flavors, including Marvelous Madagascar, Wicked Chocolate, Curious Coconut, Uncommon Carrot Cake, Remarkable Red Velvet and Amazing Chocolate Twist.

You can find Extraordinary Cupcakes on Facebook.


extraordinary cupcakes in WilliamsburgThe new Williamsburg business, Extraordinary Cupcakes, 1220-C Richmond Rd., the area’s first and only cupcakery, was whipped-up by the couple Dyana and Adam Steely in September, but the science and art behind it all goes way back.

Adam, who has 30 years of experience in the restaurant and food service business with Windows on Urbanna Creek, The Frog and The Redneck and, currently Blue Talon Bistro on his professional resume, says he and wife Dyana, a science teacher and lifelong baker inspired by her love of the chemistry and science behind the magic of taste, are thrilled to finally open the doors.

"We love to cook and bake at home," says Adam. "“When we travel we’re always dropping by to visit with chef and restaurateur friends and sampling their foods. Dinner, or lunch in some cases, always ends with something sweet, and cake has always been Dyana’s passion. We believe the memory of great cake stays with you. In fact, when we were growing up—Dyana in the Southwestern part of the state and me near Charlottesville—our mothers made us the exact same homemade birthday cake, and neither of us has forgotten it. So, as we traveled and sampled we made notes, collected ideas and developed recipes in search of the elusive ideal cake.

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Enjoy Williamsburg’s finest dining at a fraction of the price. 2012 Williamsburg Restaurant Week Starts Soon !

2012 Restaurant Week in Williamsburg is Jan. 8 – Jan. 21, 2012

imageDining at some of the Williamsburg VA’s  top restaurants at bargain prices is pretty much what Williamsburg Restaurant Week is all about.

The event for 2012 runs   Jan. 8 – Jan. 21, 2012   featuring 19 restaurants offering a cornucopia of international cuisines. . There will be fixed priced dinners and fixed priced lunches. For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10 and two-course lunch menus for $10.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.
Why not celebrate the New Year by visiting a few restaurants you haven’t been to yet  at a fraction of the normal price.

This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association and is sure to serve up the best Williamsburg dining has to offer. Reservations are suggested.


Starting Monday, Jan. 15, 2012  nibble, gnaw, sip and slurp your way through specially-priced, multi-course lunch and dinner menus at a total of 92 restaurants in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

The lineup includes high-brow, low-brow and mid-brow eateries, something for everyone.

Virginia Beach Restaurant Week heats up first, starting Monday , Jan. 15   and running through Sunday, Jan. 22. Norfolk Restaurant Week gets going on Jan. 22 and wipes up the last crumbs on Sunday, Jan. 29.

In Norfolk, 22 restaurants had signed on as of this morning. They’re offering three-course dinner menus for either $20 or $30, and some locations are also offering a 2-course lunch for $10.

In Virginia Beach, where 70 restaurants will participate, lunches are $11.12 and dinners $20.12 or $27.12.

Websites include full menus. Click here for Virginia Beach and here for Norfolk.

The following restaurants in Williamsburg will be participating for 2012

*ArtCafe 26 ~ Lunch or dinner at $10.12 and $20.12 in New Town  5107-2 Center Street -757-565-7788

*Baker’s Crust ~Lunch or Dinner $20.12 ( Next to Trader Joe’s)  5234 Monticello Ave #115 757-253-2787

*Berret’s Seafood Restaurant – lunch or dinner at $20.10 – 199 South Henry Street, ( In Merchants Square) 757- 253-1847 

*Black Angus Grille – lunch or dinner at $20.10 & $30.10 – 1433 Richmond Road  757- 229-6823

*Buon Amici – lunch or dinner at $20.10 – 5201 Center Street, in New Town  220-8188 

*Cafe Provencal ~ Dinner  $30.12 @ The Williamsburg Winery 5800 Wessex Hundred(757) 941-0317

*Center Street Grille ~ Dinner  $20.12  -5101 Center Street in New Town 
(757) 220-4600

*The Cove Tavern ~ Lunch or Dinner  $20.12  (Used to be The Backfin)  3701 Strawberry Plains Road   Phone (757) 208 – 0539

*The Crust ~ Lunch $10.12 In the new Tribe Square next to WAWA on Richmond Rd
Phone: 757.603.6981

*Eagles at Kingsmill ~ Lunch or Dinner $10.12 & $30.12 @Kingsmill  757.253.1703

*Legends Ale House ~ Lunch $10.12   Inside the Black Angus Grill on Richmond Rd across from High Street  1433 Richmond Road, (757) 229-6823

*LeYaca – dinner at $30.10 – 1915 Pocahontas Trail, Across from Kingsmill
220-3616   Best French Restaurant in town !

*Opus 9 Steakhouse – lunch or dinner at $30.10 – 5143 Main Street in New Town, next to American Family Fitness  645-4779

*Outback Steakhouse – dinner at $20.10 – 3026 Richmond Road, 229-8648

*Riverwalk Restaurant – lunch or dinner at $20.10 – 323 Water Street, Yorktown, 875-1525 

*Sal’s by Victor – lunch or dinner at $20.10 – 1425 Richmond Road, 220-2641 in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, near Bloom Market. 

*Seasons Restaurant ~ Lunch  $10.12 110 South Henry St, in Merchants Square
TEL: 757-259-0018

*Second Street An American Bistro – lunch or dinner at $20.10 – 140 Second Street, 220-2286 

*Williamsburg Inn-Terrace Room – dinner at $30.10 – 136 East Francis Street, 800-447-8679


So which ones are you going to try ?

Hans Schadler Opens Waypoint Grill in Williamsburg

It took a little longer than expected but Chef Hans Schadler has opened his new Williamsburg location. Waypoint Grill is in the new Quarterpath Shopping Center across from Kingsmill on Rt 199. ( near Harris TeeterIt took a little longer than expected but Chef Hans Schadler has opened his new Williamsburg location. Waypoint Grill is in the new Quarterpath Shopping Center across from Kingsmill on Rt 199. ( near Harris Teeter)

Schadler ,the former executive chef of the Williamsburg Inn left to open the Rivers In Restaurant in Gloucester Point back in the spring of 2009. He closed that successful location in Dec of 2010 to return home to Williamsburg and open the Waypoint Grill.

“The time is right and we are excited to open our brand new facility," adds Schadler. "In the Williamsburg restaurant, you can expect to experience what we do best: the seasonal menus, exceptional wine list and the special events for which we are known.”


imageFrom the restaurant : We are very excited to now be taking reservations for Friday Dec. 9th and moving forward. 


Sunday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: Closed


Tuesday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Wednesday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Thursday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Friday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

Saturday:Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00
                          Dinner: 5:00 – 9:00

The team here at Waypoint would like to thank everyone for there support, patience and hard work!

We look forward to seeing everyone in the upcoming weeks.

The Team of Waypoint


Quarterpath Crossing

1480 Quarterpath Rd.

Williamsburg, Va 23185




Map/ Directions

quarterpath shopping center

More Food Options for W&M Students

imageBurgers, fries and milkshakes are making their way to Tribe Square.

The William and Mary Real Estate Foundation has announced Friday that MOOYAH has signed a lease to claim the fourth and final restaurant spot available in the recently completed mixed-use development just off campus that combines student housing and student retail.

It will be the first MOOYAH restaurant in Virginia for the Texas-based restaurant chain.  The Foundation announced in August that The Crust, Pita Pit and Subway Café have signed leases for Tribe Square, located on Richmond Road directly across from campus.

image“With its focus on burgers and fries, MOOYAH is a wonderful compliment to the restaurants already scheduled to be part of Tribe Square,” said Nancy Buchanan, executive director of the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation. “We think the students and the rest of the community will really enjoy having all of these new late-night dining options in town.”

The Crust, a new restaurant concept developed by Baker’s Crust, will become the first eatery to open and plans to start serving its authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, microbrews and other menu items on Monday. The Subway Café, which leverages the chain’s partnership with Seattle’s Best to embrace a coffeehouse ambiance, is scheduled to open in mid-November. The Pita Pit, which offers pita-bread sandwiches, soups and salads, and MOOYAH should both be open by early in the spring semester, Buchanan said.

Both The Crust and Pita Pit have spaces that face Richmond Road that enables them to offer large outdoor cafes for al fresco dining on private terraces. As part of the lease agreements, all the restaurants will remain open until at least 1 a.m.

Tribe Square, which was completed this summer, includes four retail spaces on the first floor and apartment-style student residences on the second and third floor with 14 apartments. The 56-bed facility was completely filled when students returned in August.

Mad About Chocolate Opening in Williamsburg

imageComing in early 2012 !

Marcel Deaulniers, author of Death by Chocolate and former chef/owner of the Trellis Restaurant is opening MAD about Chocolate in Williamsburg VA.

Following a two-year rest (which he apparently spent with visions of chocolate spinning in his head) Marcel Desaulniers, award-winning chef and author of “Death by Chocolate,” will open MAD about Chocolate, a chocolate café.

Yay! A chocolate café!

This  chocolate cafe  will serve Marcel’s over-the-top desserts (he originated Death by Chocolate Cake back in 1982 – long before it became part of the vernacular). MAD about Chocolate will also offer cookies, brownies, ice cream and assorted other concoctions, plus sweet and non-sweet versions of cheesecake, bread pudding, pies as well as soups and beverages.

Doors open in late February or early March. Chef promises indulgences galore – brownies, cookies and ice cream as well as sweet and savory versions of pies, cheesecakes, bread puddings, muffins and soups.

Need more temptation?

Everything will be made from scratch using all-natural ingredients in the MAD about Chocolate open kitchen. With only 12 seats, take-out and internet sales will be a large part of the business.

Marcel will operate MAD about Chocolate with his wife, Connie, an artist who has owned a marketing agency for 22 years. The interior will include Connie’s art, and many of the components – such as tables, light fixtures and display counters – will be created by local artisans.

The art-filled café will be located at the Triangle Building, 204 Armistead Ave., a block from Colonial Williamsburg and The College of William and Mary.

In addition to being chef and  co-owner of the Trellis Restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchant Square for 30 years Marcel wrote 10 cookbooks (eight about chocolate) and won numerous culinary awards.

Location Map and Directions to Mad About Chocolate


New Mexican Restaurant Opens in New Town

El Tapatio Mexican Grill and Bar has opened in New Town, Williamsburg

The new location was previously California Tortilla. ( just to the right of the movie theater)

This will be the forth location for owner Jose Cesar Ledezma, who has two  restaurants in Virginia Beach and one in Newport News.  The restaurant’s name refers to the Guadalajara region of Mexico.

El Tapatio’s extensive menu starts with a series of lunch specials such as burrito and quesadilla combination or Mexican pizza. There are appetizers, salads, nachos and a number of vegetarian plates. Dinner specials include seafood chimichangas, fajitas and numerous beef dishes as well. The drink lineup includes Mexican beers and a long list of exotic margaritas.

El Tapatio Mexican Grill & Bar.

4917 Courthouse Street, Williamsburg VA 23188

Phone 757 565 2009

Williamsburg VA Daily Deal


  • A Williamsburg favorite since 1992!
  • Features a creative menu, delicious food as well as a fantastic patio area!
  • Enjoy a separate billiards room and great live music in a quality atmosphere!
  • $1 Cone Day At Handels Ice Cream In Williamsburg VA

    Mexican Restaurant War in Williamsburg VA

    Qdoba Mexican Williamsburg VAWhen one door closes, another opens, I guess this applies to restaurants in Williamsburg as well. Only a short time after the California Tortilla closed in New Town Qdoba Mexican Grill is opening on Richmond Rd . A sign on the door indicated an opening date of April 11, 2011.

    The restaurant is in the new City Green center developed by local developer Demetrios Florakis. City Green is adjacent to Williamsburg Shopping Center ( Bloom, Sal’s BY Victor, Books A Million, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack, Fedex-Kinkos and more).

    The restaurant joins Dominos Pizza and Dancers Boutique at City Green and features an outdoor dining area.

    Qdoba describes itself as an artisanal Mexican fast-casual restaurant that uses fresh ingredients, bold flavors and an innovative menu. Founded in Denver, Colo. in 1995, Qdoba is among the nation’s largest Mexican fast-casual franchise chains with more than 500 restaurants in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

    Qdoba will go head to head with  a host of other  Mexican restaurants in Williamsburg VA including Plaza Azteca, La Tolteca, Tequila Rose, Taco Mexicali, Chipotle, Moe’s

    vote Vote for your favorite Mexican Restaurant in Williamsburg VA here

    Qdoba Mexican Grill Williamsburg va

    Map Location of Qdoba Grill in Williamsburg VA   1220 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg Va 23185 Click for Directions

    Map picture

    Restaurant Specials in Williamsburg- The Trellis

    The TrellisMost of the businesses in Williamsburg offer periodic updates and specials if you sign up for email updates. Here is the latest from the Trellis Restaurant. I just wanted to share since they


    The Trellis Restaurant invites you to enjoy its fabulous promotions every night of the week through February 6th 2011

    Be seated before 6pm and receive 50% off Food and Beverage
             Free Death by Chocolate with any Entrée
    (or dessert of your choice)
    Purchase One Entree and Receive one of Equal or Lesser Value for Free
    Enjoy a Complimentary Appetizer of your choice with each Entrée purchased
    Order Two Entrées and enjoy a Bottle selected by our Beverage Manager
    Bar Specials and Free Jazz from 6-8 PM
    A Dessert Beverage accompanies your Dessert!

                              You can sign up for The Trellis  email updates here

    In addition to this, The Trellis Restaurant is participating in “Restaurant Month” for all of January. 
    You can see the menu offerings for them and other participating restaurants here

    Don’t forget through the month of January Two Breakfast Entrées for the price of one!

    Williamsburg VA Restaurant Month

    Would you like to try some of Williamsburg’s best restaurants at reduced prices  ? Last year’s Williamsburg Restaurant week has now turned into  Restaurant Month It will run for the entire month of January 2011. 

    I love this promotion in that it gives us a chance to go to our favorite restaurants without killing my wallet.

    You can enjoy a two course lunch menu for $10.11 at the following restaurants:

    Berrets, Blue Talon, Buon Amici , Eagles Steakhouse at Kingsmill, Opus 9, The Magnolia Dining Room at Colonial Heritage, Riverwalk, The Trellis,

    For dinner, there will be three-course menus for $20.10 or $30.10. Tax, alcohol and gratuity not included.

    This event is hosted by the Williamsburg Restaurant Association.. For more information on the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association click here. Reservations are suggested.

    Participating Restaurants include:

     Bavarian Garden ,Berret’s Seafood Restaurant | Black Angus Grille | Blue Talon Bistro | Buon Amici | Center Street Grille| Dudley’s Farmhouse Grille || Giuseppe’s Italian Café | | LeYaca | The Magnolia Dining Room (at Colonial Heritage) | Opus 9 Steakhouse | Outback Steakhouse | Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown) || Second Street An American Bistro | The Trellis  | Williamsburg Inn-Terrace Room | Williamsburg Lodge

    You can read the special menus for all the restaurants here

    Welcome Back Z Pizza

    Z PizzaZ- Pizza in New Town has a whole new staff with a whole new attitude.

      zpizza’s unique flavors remain the same with fire-baked pizza, certified organic tomato sauce and your choice of traditional or unique toppings.



    Stop in for their Grand Re-Opening today!

    Click Here for Zpizza_Coupon $5 off a purchase of $20 or more or FREE small salad with an XL pizza

    Be sure to save their new phone number (757) 645-3303
    or order online at www.zpizza.com

    Open for Lunch/Dinner and delivery and take-out available

    Be sure to say hi to the new owners :

    Eric & Kellie Kruizenga -Locally Owned and Operated

    Across from the New Town movie on Courthouse St, New Town, Williamsburg VA

    Click here for reviews



    Free Burritos on Thursday @ Chipotle Grill in Williamsburg

    chipotle grill williamsburg va Williamsburg Virginia’s  first Chipotle Grill opens this week .The fast food chain opens this Friday , March 26th, at  1413 Richmond Road, near Bypass Road and across from High Street.

    Better yet,to celebrate it’s opening they have announced "Free Burrito Day," on Thursday March 25th. An apparent tradition at new outlets during which anyone stopping by can get a free burrito and soft drink. The promotion runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    Chipotle is known for using fresh, naturally raised meat and organic beans, when possible. The company calls it "food with integrity."

    The food is made on site. "There are no freezers, no microwaves or can openers at Chipotle,"

    It’s hard to argue with that.

    See you on Thursday !

    Chipotle Website