On your next Williamsburg, Virginia vacation, enjoy dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Fat Canary, located right in Bluegreen Patrick Henry Square. What started as a small family business some 40 years ago has since expanded to include The Cheese Shop and its wine cellar along with the popular Fat Canary. Since 2004, Fat Canary has been serving seasonal American cuisine in an upbeat and casual atmosphere. Local residents consider it one of the best places to eat in Colonial Williamsburg. So do AAA inspectors who rate lodging and restaurants for the benefit of travelers. Fat Canary has received the AAA Four Diamond Award seven straight years. Here’s the criteria, from AAA.com: “These establishments are upscale in all areas. Accommodations are progressively more refined and stylish. The physical attributes reflect an obvious enhanced level of quality throughout. The fundamental hallmarks at this level include an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.”
So … Fat Canary? Why the name?
The name Fat Canary comes from the poem by Colonial playwright John Lyly. “Oh for a bowl of fat Canary, rich Palermo, sparkling sherry, some nectar else, from Juno’s dairy; Oh these draughts would make us merry!” it read. What this poem refers to is when ships sailed from the Old World to the New, they had made stops for necessary supplies in the Canary Islands, which included picking up some wine, or as they called it then “Canary.” The name “Fat Canary” is fitting for this Williamsburg restaurant, since wine is aplenty, with a satisfying list to choose from. Fat Canary’s wine by the glass menu is constantly changing to include perfectly picked wines to pair with the dinner menu.
Guests can savor the wine at the long Fat Canary bar or with dinner any night of the week in the intimate dining area. The open kitchen allows guests to watch as their fresh, classic American cuisine is created. Fat Canary also boasts an outdoor seating area for warmer evenings. If you’re taking a vacation in the spring, we highly recommend taking advantage of the outdoor venue. Fat Canary has a great seasonal menu and is updated daily, with appetizers, salads, soups and entrees for all to enjoy. Previous options have included the Arugula and Frisee salad with Pears, Gorgonzola, and an Aged Balsamic. Crispy Virginia Soft Shell Crab with Roasted Chili Butter, Sweet Onion, Cilantro and Tomato Salad was also a great appetizer to start with. Entrees such as the Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs were served with Wild Mushrooms, Farro and Brussels Sprouts, while the Pan Seared Sea Scallops & Mussels with Shiitake Mushrooms included a Rapini, Miso Broth and Crispy Pork Belly. Guests also noshed on Free-Range Pheasant with Gnocchi, Chanterelles, Apricots, Butternut Squash and Pancetta as well.
On your next vacation to Williamsburg, make sure to reserve a table at Fat Canary for a superb dining experience just one-half block from Colonial Williamsburg.