After my parents sold the farm (see I grew up on a Farm in Virginia), my father moved to a nice home on the outskirts of Williamsburg (Croaker, Virginia). During the mid-1970s I managed to come “home” to his place at least once a year. Also, during this period, my father had completed training for and obtained his pilot’s license, so it was not uncommon for us to go out to the airport and go flying.
We always stopped at the Old Chickahominy House for breakfast on our way to the Williamsburg Jamestown Airport. The restaurant, first established in 1955, was relocated to its current location in 1962. The building was renovated with new materials and architectural salvage from the local area. Today, the dining room has the feel and comfort Grandma’s parlor.
The signature breakfast item is their delicious square biscuit. The fact that the restaurant seems to have a steady business, even in Williamsburg’s “off season” for tourism suggests that they have a healthy business based on local patrons. We have made it a tradition to have breakfast here at least once every trip to Williamsburg.
For me, not only is the food good, it reinforces memories of time spent with my father. The morning meal combines no-nonsense breakfast favorites with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and well prepared meals.
This morning Peggy selected two eggs, bacon, biscuits and a side of grits, while I had the “Plantation Breakfast” with “Old Virginia Ham,” eggs, biscuits, coffee, and a pancake on the side. The thinly sliced ham is rich in not-too-salty flavor and makes a great ham biscuit. Sausage is also available as a meat choice. Their ham, bacon, and sausage are from Suffolk County, Virginia, across the James River from Jamestown. Suffolk has long been known for quality cured hams, and locals will tell you cannot get better. Breakfast meals are priced from $4.00 to $11.00.
If you want to kick-start your morning, select a Mimosa or Rebel Cocktail to wake up your taste buds.
The Chickahominy House also proffers a full luncheon menu with tasty offerings such as Brunswick stew ($5.75), Chicken and Dumplings (8.95), Old Virginia Ham and biscuits ($3.25) as well as a selection of sandwiches; chicken or bacon-lettuce-tomato or hamburgers. Top off your lunch with a slice of homemade pie of the day.
They also offer a complete range of beverages to accompany your meal, including wine and beer.
The Gift Shop
Before or after your meal, spend some time in their three-story antiques and gift shop. Antiques, such a mirrors, cabinets and other furniture, lamps, and unique gift and seasonal items are scattered throughout the shop.
Finally, you may encounter Melinda, the gift store cat and mascot. Melinda has been trained to stay on the gift shop side and NEVER to venture into our restaurant or kitchen!! Anyone with a cat allergy is asked to advise the staff and Melinda will retire to her private quarters.
The Old Chickahominy House does not take reservations except for seating at opening time for breakfast. We have been fortunate on several occasions. We wanted seating for members of my high school graduating class. I had called and alerted the folks at the restaurant. We had 19 people in my senior class, and the good folks were able to organize their seating to accommodate us without upsetting their regular clientele. Not everyone was familiar with the restaurant, but everyone was more than pleased.
1211 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Old Chickahominy House online
For more information and complete menus, visit their website: http://www.oldchickahominy.com/
8:30 – 10:30 Monday-Thursday
7:30 – 10:15 Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Based on our experience, it is a good idea to arrive early. This is a popular restaurant and the parking lot may fill quickly, especially in busy tourist seasons.
11:30 – 2:30 Monday-Friday (excluding Holidays)
11:45 – 2:15 Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
The Old Chickahominy House is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and 7-10 days in the beginning of January (please call for dates).
Every year we make a point of going to the Old Chickahominy House for breakfast, something I used to do with my father many years ago. This is a brief, but tasty, restaurant experience. If you are in the Williamsburg, Virginia, I enthusiastically recommend this place for breakfast, and lunch too.
Old Chickahominy House relates a most satisfying dining experience in Williamsburg, Virginia.