Fuel up! Best Brunches in Williamsburg

Start your day right with a choice of delectable dishes — from truffled eggs with seared asparagus to Bananas Foster French toast to the tallest of short stacks.

Greater Williamsburg takes brunch seriously. On Sundays, it becomes Brunchburg with an array of options from sophisticated fare to the down-home dishes of your favorite diner.

Whether you want crab Benedict with soft-poached eggs or eggs on a bed of corned beef hash, there are options aplenty in the area.

The Blue Talon Bistro

In the heart of downtown Williamsburg, Blue Talon has long been a locals' favorite for their weekend brunch. Enjoy bistro fare with a touch of Virginia. You can opt for the Belgian waffle with smoked bacon, sausage and Virginia maple syrup, the truffled eggs with seared asparagus or the poached eggs over braised white beans with Basque sauce and a toasted baguette. It's served in a relaxed, classy bar and dining room just outside the historic district.

The Gabriel Archer Tavern

Slip away to a slice of tranquil country. The Gabriel Archer Tavern sits at the end of a winding road through the vineyards of The Williamsburg Winery. Sunday brunch opens at 11 with a wide range of breakfast and lunch options including crab Benedict, a crab cake, soft-poached organic eggs and Hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin, and a salmon BLT with grilled North-Atlantic salmon, house-smoked bacon and tomato on a French baguette. Be sure to check out the wine flights and the inventive Bloody Mary offerings. Sit outdoors on the porch overlooking the winery or indoors in the rustic, cozy dining room with a view of the vineyards. Linger for the food and the views.

Shorty's Diner 

Step back in time when you step into Shorty's for a brunch featuring family recipes going back years. Want a real stack of pancakes to fuel your day? This is the place with buttermilk pancakes that are as big as the dinner plate. Everything here is oversized, including The Hangover, eggs on a bed of corned beef hash with biscuits and gravy, just right for the morning after a big, uh, ride. The portions are huge; the prices tiny.

Rockefeller Room, Williamsburg Inn

The new brunch spot at The Williamsburg Inn merges genteel Southern charm and contemporary fine dining. If you are a coffee aficionado, you won't be disappointed. Start with several choices of French press including Brazilian Ipanema and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. Need something different? Check out the specialty cocktails including a lemongrass daiquiri or a Bramble On with Beefeater gin, lemon and crème de mare. On the plate, there are duck and waffles; a Croque Mary with Virginia ham, spinach, Swiss cheese, poached eggs and Grana Padano cream; as well as Bananas Foster French Toast. This is your place to indulge in elegance.

Le Yaca

At the elegant white tablecloth restaurant in Williamsburg, brunch is a $30 fixed price menu with a drink — mimosa, bloody Mary, or kir royale — to start followed by soup or salad, a choice of several entrees and dessert. Among the considerable main course options are Maine lobster tail poached in olive oil with fresh sautéed spinach and crispy potatoes and a duo of beef tenderloin and Surryano ham served over sautéed spinach, potatoes and topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.

Opus 9 Steakhouse

In the trendy New Town area of Williamsburg, Opus 9 serves up a Sunday buffet brunch starting at 11 a.m. You'll be able to stop in at a number of stations including carving, featuring prime rib and Smithfield ham, Belgian waffles, and omelet station.

Second Street American Bistro

Second Street Bistro neatly tiptoes the line between a comfortable atmosphere and intriguing dining — and brunch is no exception. The Sunday brunch entrees range from the traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and biscuits to Cajun seared shrimp with Andouille sausage, smoked Gouda and stone ground grits with a poached egg. Among the drink options are a Man-Mosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice, vodka and Prosecco.

Riverwalk Restaurant

Enjoy spectacular views of the York River and bridge during Sunday brunch in Yorktown. Try the Oh, Susanna!, a sage-fried chicken breast with spinach, tomato, smoked bacon, and cheddar scrambled eggs over a biscuit with grilled mashed potatoes. Yes, bring your appetite. Or try a variation on breakfast hash with salmon and tomato with avocado, candied tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, poached eggs and a smoky cream sauce.

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