Our first meal there, lunch, was at a stand in the historic area and reall not worth mentioning. The second trip is a different story. We had lunch again only this time at Shields Tavern in the historic area. What a meal we had too.
I started out with a drink called a Rummer. Supposedly back in the 18th century it was quite the crowd pleaser and from the one I had I understood why. It's a mixture of dark rum, appricot and peach brandies and it's served over ice. This drink will seriously take you out if your not eating and it was one of the most stout 7.00 beverage I have ever had. They had a couple other "period" beverages but I wasn't about to tempt fate especially with a 60 mile drive home.
For the meal I had the Shrimp Creole served over stone ground grits, Martha had a chicken pot pie and our daughter had a sugar cured ham sandwich of the kids menu. The food was very good and the portions were reasonable. We didn't leave too stuffed which is nice considering we were in the Colonial and they have interactive "Living History" portrayals in the afternoon. Service was very polite and done in period fashion as well
Since lunch was this good, it's defintely worth a trip back for dinner.
Yesterday we ate in the shopping district at a place called Trellis. Nice place and very busy. I gave the blackbean Burger a try, Martha ordered a Tuna Sandwich and our daughter, since they had no childrens menu, had a "not off the menu" chicken sandwich with Mushroom rice.
The plate presentation was terrific across the board as were the flavors yet some of the cooking execution was abit off. The tuna was somewhat dry. The bread was nicely done and thick. The plate was garnished with all edible items such as grapes, watercress and walnuts. Our daughters chicken was cooked just a little too long, unfortunately, since it did have great flavor. The rice tho really left something to be desired. It was had to tell if it was an attempt at Risotto with Aborio rice gone arye or they used basmati and overcooked it. The enoki mushrooms were very umm err uhh.... "bleck" for lack of a better word. Then again I prefer them raw so have never been a fan of cooked enoki's. The rice itself was almost a paste by the time we were served it.
My blackbean burger wasn't too bad although from the description I was expecting more of a "Neapoleon" presentation than a "Burger platter" since it was described as a Blackbean patty atop portobello mushrooms and roasted tomatoes, melted onions and arrugula with a tomato coulis.
Inspite of the presentation confusion, my only beef with the dish was the fact the oven roasted tomatoes weren't seeded and the "fins" of the portobello mushroom were left intact. This give the mushroom that "dirt" flavor and really takes away from the "mushroom" flavor especially when it is roasted. Because of the seeds the actual sweetness of the tomato was oveshadowed with bitterness.
Please don't misunderstand the critique since this isn't an attempt at being harsh. We will probably return there and this was one of the nicer meals we have had since we've been here. Especially since we are currently living in a hotel and have been eating every meal out since the 8th of November.:suprise: (Two more weeks to go!)
Well we're gonna give the Kings Arms a shot next time. This is also in Colonial Williamsburg and from what we have heard...Worth every dime spent.
There is also a "Tavern Ghost Walk" that sounds like it would be a riot to experience.
Well until then,