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Best of Williamsburg 2008

Best of Williamsburg 2008 Continued

By Steve Vaughan VA Gazette—In two decades, Prime Outlets have become part of the local culture. Lining up in the wee hours of Black Friday morning is as much a part of some residents’ holiday traditions as the Grand Illumination and the Christmas Parade. It’s not just locals who queue up. “As far as Black Friday, that’s really a regional thing,” said Kathie Strauss, marketing manager for Prime Outlets. “We have people who come from Northern Virginia and North Carolina for that.” But being part of the local lifestyle, as reflected by Prime’s selection by Gazette readers as the best local place to shop, is important. “That’s great,” Strauss said, when informed of the selection. “We’re thrilled and, of course, we’re very grateful for the support we get from the community.” Strauss said selection and prices are Prime Outlet’s big advantages. “People ask me what an outlet mall is like and I always tell them it’s like a big department store turned inside out. The departments are each huge and the prices are always discounted.” Prime outlets has 120 stores, mostly focused on clothing and accessories. It expanded south this year to overtake Ewell Hall Shopping Center and a motel, which it reconfigured for additional parking. The Williamsburg area location allows it to attract shoppers from Norfolk and Richmond. Strauss said the wide variety of stores in Prime Outlets, combined with top name brands that shoppers are looking for contributes to the center’s success. “And with outlet pricing,” she said. Prime Outlets beat out New Town and Monticello Marketplace as Gazette readers’ favorite place to shop

Men’s fashion
1. Belk
2. L.L. Bean
3. JCPenney
1. The Peanut Shop
2. Whitley’s Peanut Factory
3. Virginia Peanuts
1.Weather Crafters
2. Williamsburg Heating & Air
3. Betty’s Plumbing
1. Kyoto of Williamsburg
2. Peking
3. Soya Williamsburg
Crab cakes
1. The Backfin
2. Bonefish Grill
3. Opus 9 Steakhouse
Restaurant (opened in 2008)
1. Francesco’s
2.Wok n’ Roll
3. Scala Pizzaria
Tastiest pizza
1. Buon Amici
2. New York Deli
3. Chanello’s
Ice cream
1. Bruster’s
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Ben & Jerry’s
Picture framer
1. Prince George Art&Frame
2. Williamsburg Pottery
3.Walls Alive
Hometown hero
1. Active military
2. Lois Hornsby
3. Veterans
Shopping center/mall
1. Prime Outlets
2. New Town
3. Monticello Marketplace
1. Godspeed Animal Care
2. Colonial Veterinary Clinic
3. Noah’s Ark Vet Hospital
Landscape business
1. Cookes Landscaping
2. Virginia Grounds
3. Grass Roots of Virginia
Local politician
1. Tommy Norment
2. Jeanne Zeidler
3. Philip Forgit
Worst stoplight wait
1. Jamestown Rd/Rt. 199
2. Monticello/Ironbound
3. Route 199/Route 5
Best annual event
1. An Occasion For The Arts
2. Grand Illumination
3. First Night
Best principal
1. Andy Jacobs (Matoka)
2. Sister Mary Jeanne Osterle
3. Kim Hammond (Bruton)
Mexican restaurant
1. Tequila Rose
2. South of Border
3. La Tolteca
1. RightWay Remodeling
2.Wayne Harbin
3. Charles Ross Homes (tie)
3. Ryan Homes (tie)
Coffee shop
1. Aromas
2. Starbucks
3. Harbour Coffee
1. Sport Clips
2. Caroline’s Hair Shop
3. Salon 109
Concert of the year
1. Slapwater at Matoaka
2. U.S. Air Force Band
3. Chamber Music Society
1. Ukrop’s
2. Farm Fresh
3. Fresh Market
Locally owned gift shop
1. The Mole Hole
2. Paisley
3. Kinks, Quirks & Caffeine

Fat Canary Williamsburg, VA Best Restaurants of Williamsburg

One of the first questions I get when people come to Williamsburg VA to look at property is :

 Do you  have any dining suggestions in Williamsburg ?  We heard the Trellis is good. Any opinions on that one?  Any other restaurants  we should try out ?

Answer:  Williamsburg is home to some of the finest restaurants in the eastern United States ( IMHO) . Our favorite is the Fat Canary on Duke of Gloucester St. Near the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg and a jewel of an eatery if there ever was. It is on the pricey side and make sure you have  reservations Be sure to ask for the table in the window if you have four or more. Click here to make a reservation at The Fat Canary in Williamsburg VA

 Located on Duke of Gloucester St ( aka DOG St.) , next door to the Craft House A smallish place with an open air terrace for alfresco dining, and a fun, contemporary interior.  This is a great place to eat. It has a “bistro” atmosphere, a little noisy at times, but well worth it. The chef provides great food as well as an excellent presentation. You won’t find a huge menu, but you will find several seafood dishes, pork, steak, and chicken.  We’ve never had a bad meal or experienced poor service. Amazing  The Fat Canary has no website. Apparently when you are that good you don’t need one !


Service is fantastic. Waiters are  attentive,knowledgeable of all menu offerings and skilled at making wine recommendations to complement dinner selections. Prices are a little on the high end, but appropriate considering thefood and the experience. For weekend dinner, reservations are a must. Holidays and other popular weekends will require calling a couple of weeks or more in advance. The restaurant is connected to the Cheese Shop, a Williamsburg staple since the 70’s. If you have the time and are a wine lover, take a few minutes to browse the shop’s wine cellar downstairs. It is impressive.


The Fat Canary 410 Duke of Gloucester Street  Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 (757) 229-3333 Kitchen phone 757 229 3312

Awarded the prestigious AAA 4-Diamond rating in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Executive Chef Thomas Power offers a menu that reflects his 14-year trek of great kitchens across the country.  Dinner; open seven nights.  Reservations highly encouraged.  757-229-3333

Other reviews :

Unpretentious upscale dining and high energy bar describe the atmosphere in Fat Canary, located in the heart of Williamsburg in Merchants Square adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg.  This bold, contemporary bistro with an open kitchen features a menu that reflects Executive Chef Thomas Power’s diverse regional and ethnic experiences: New Orleans, southern California, Hawaii and North Carolina. Also a graduate of the CIA, Power opened this elegant but casual “New American” eatery in June 2004, offering intimate seating for 60.  Adjacent to The Cheese Shop, which will celebrate 35 years in 2006, the family-owned dining duo is loved by locals.  Only a few months after opening, the managing editor of the local Flat Hat newspaper, Dan Schumacher, wrote, “If the Flat Hat still had a star system, the Fat Canary would get a solid five.”


Hours: Open seven nights: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.

Click here to see an elusive Menu From the Fat Canary in Williamsburg  ( they do not have a website)

Click here to see an outdoor terrace menu from the Fat Canary in Williamsburg

Make Reservations at The Fat Canary in Williamsburg VA



Map to Fat Canary in Williamsburg VA