The College of William and Mary, the Williamsburg Inn, the Colonial houses, Bruton Parish Church…Williamsburg is my happy place. Period. I recommend getting there early in the morning and wandering through it. Follow your walk with breakfast at Blue Talon Bistro, a French-style restaurant that is on our list. Every. Trip. There.
Blue Talon Bistro
If you’re incredibly hungry and really want diversity on your plate, get the Blue Talon Breakfast Platter. It includes so many things but I want to call out their grits, served in a little cast-iron dish as well as the fact you get a country ham biscuit included with the meal, which of course includes eggs, bacon, potatoes and some baguette! (It is focused on French cuisine after all!).
Each part is done perfectly and if you aren’t super-hungry and have someone with you to share the meal, can easily be split. My significant other has sampled just about everything, but this tends to be his usual and is the best of their breakfast menu.
I tend to go a la carte. My go-to breakfast: country ham biscuit and I make sure they bring out the blackberry and apricot preserves. Sounds nuts? One time a server called me out and I almost called the manager (HA!) but instead educated him that as a server he should try what the guests like instead of berating their choices.
I promise you the blackberry preserves with the country ham is a perfect combination of sweet and salty, with just a smidge of tartness. The biscuit needs the moisture from the preserves anyway- I love their biscuits but they fall a little on the dry side. Also note they serve Illy coffee, but you are immediately given a bottle of “Williamsburg water.”
Just because we make sure to always get breakfast there doesn’t mean we won’t also hit it for dinner in the same trip! So, if you are wandering Colonial Williamsburg in the evening or seeking a place to savor amazing food before your night-time Ghost Tour, dinner here will not disappoint.
The cozy bistro atmosphere is perfection for the classic comfortable vibe of the whole area. It is by no means the ornate fine dining experience but instead is casually upscale. This makes it perfect to hit when you’re doing a lot of walking and may be in comfortable shoes. Oh- and did I mention that Julia Child’s show runs endlessly on the TV over the bar? If you do go there for dinner, the boeuf bourguignon (served over noodles!) comes with a warm, luxurious broth that includes pearl onions and carrots to enhance its deep flavor.
There are numerous other dishes worth trying on the dinner menu, but I cannot stop myself from ordering the chicken and mushroom crepes almost every time I visit. Rich, but I always finish it! The portion size is perfect. Blue Talon’s version is a classic crepe and is incredibly creamy. The ratio of mild chicken to earthy mushrooms and the number of herbs is precise and perfect.
Extra bonus: their website has some amazing recipes worth trying! They even have a foie gras mousse pate- P.S. I urge you to try their pate at the restaurant! It’s perfect for an entre into your meal or, if you just want some appetizers and a glass of wine, make sure you add it to your order. If appetizers and wine is what you are going for, make sure you also include the escargots (delicious with butter and parsley) as part of your experience.
Parking: In the heart of Merchant’s Square on Prince George Street, there’s free parking (for a limited time) in the lot right behind the restaurant but you can also pull into the garage about one block away on North Henry Street for a minimal cost. We always do it, especially convenient now that you can pay using an app (instructions are posted) and extend your time if necessary. If you stay at the historic Williamsburg Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge (a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel) or one of the Colonial houses, it’s walking distance. There’s also the Fife and Drum B&B across the street if you want to give that a go!
|420 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA|
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