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King's Arms Tavern, Williamsburg

416 E. Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg , Virginia
Tel: 800 828 3767 (toll-free); 757 229 2141
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While the food may not exactly be considered haute cuisine, this chophouse that Jane Vobe opened in 1772 is still a superior establishment vying for the top spot among the local nobs and snobs. The menu, headed "VICTUALS Pleasing to the PALATE expeditiously served after the Best MANNER," mixes dishes you can believe are based on period receipts ("Colonial Game Pye: Braised Venison, Rabbit, Duck, Vegetables and Bacon Lardoons in a Port Wine Sauce baked under a flakey Pastry Crust") with ridiculous anachronisms ("Romaine Hearts Salad with Tomato, Parmesan Cheese and Pepper Dressing")—but really, who's keeping score? Just as it was during the Revolution (when the "King" part of the name was dropped and it was called Mrs. Vobe's), this is still positioned as the top-dog tavern and the one for big meat eaters.

Open 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5 to 9 pm.

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