1. Paul’s Deli Restaurant
Paul’s Deli Restaurant in, Williamsburg, Virginia, (located right across the street from the College of William and Mary, and just a few blocks from the Colonial Williamsburg historic area) has been owned and operated by George and Peter Tsipas for several years and over that time they’ve learned that the secret to pleasing customers doesn’t just lie with the great food that they provide. At Paul’s, they’re looking to serve their customers differently from your typical deli. Instead of opening the traditional counter, where customers wait in silence for their turn to order, they opt for a more upbeat, friendly atmosphere where individuals or families can sit down and enjoy their meals properly. They do this because they believe that eating on the go is something that nobody should have to do, especially with sandwiches as enjoyable as you find at Paul’s.
2. Doc Taylor’s
Doc Taylor’s was spawned after sister restaurant, Tautogs, had established itself as one of the best seafood restaurants on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. They felt that they wanted to extend their on-23rd street presense and created Doc Taylor’s and the Doc Taylor’s Seaside Market Lounge. Both venues sit next door to Tautogs which means more parking for guests, a no cover LIVE music outlet for the community and some amazing breakfast and lunch plates at affordable prices.
Head chef Ray, or “Ray Ray,” hails from the kitchen at the Belvedere Resort and it’s his show behind the counter. He’s the man that makes it happen with the help of his crew and you can count on these guys to deliver a lightening fast plate of food every day of the week. The vibe is pretty comfortable at Doc’s and they don’t expect it to change anytime soon.
3. Waypoint Seafood & Grill
Waypoint Seafood and Grill Restaurant marks Williamsburg’s latest culinary destination from Chef Hans Schadler. The Waypoint menu is a celebration of Chesapeake ingredients and includes items grown at local farms and caught in regional waters. The pure flavors and rich ingredients presented in the seasonally changing entrees represent modern regional American cuisine with classical culinary roots.
Waypoint – Seafood and Grill is located in the newly opened Quarterpath Crossing at the intersection of Kingsmill and Route 199. The interior décor is contemporary yet comfortable, featuring original works from regional artists – highlighting the Tidewater influence.
4. The Jewish Mother
Although the original beach location is gone, The Jewish Mother lives on in its brand new 9000 square foot location in the Hilltop area, just 2 miles inland from the original location. The Jewish Mother was established in 1974 in Virginia Beach, VA. At the time, the resort city did not have a New York deli-style restaurant that also doubled as a live music venue. The original owners saw this void and created The Jewish Mother. The name was easy to come by, and a tribute to one of the owner’s own “Jewish Mother”, who was very active in creating the unique menu The Jewish Mother is now nationally known for. Some of Mom’s favorite suggestions for the menu were lox, bagels, quiche, omelettes, corned beef, brisket, and pastrami, to name a few.
37 years years later and voted “Best at the Beach” the last ten years in a row, The Jewish Mother has become a well known restaurant in the Hampton Roads area that also is one of the best live venues for great music.
5. Croc’s 19th Street Bistro
Croc’s has a buzzing view of the new Virginia Beach Convention Center and only steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Give them a visit and see why they are the choice of many locals and visitors alike!
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro has been an active business in the community for over a decade. In 2005 the National Restaurant Association recognized Croc’s in Washington D.C. in “going above and beyond in giving back to its community” with the Good Neighbor Award for Virginia.
6. Second Street Restaurant
It was March of 1985 when two brothers, John and Mickey Chohany, born and raised in Williamsburg, took over Second Street Restaurant. Today, over twenty five years later, they still have the same commitment to food and friendly service as they did when they first started serving customers.
In 2007 Second Street went through an “Extreme Makeover” and emerged as a modern American Bistro in every sense of the word. From the rich and vibrant decor inside to the Al Fresco dining offered on the patio complete with fire pit, Koi pond, and relaxing water features they’ve created an upscale, casual, and very comfortable atmosphere for patrons.