For the second consecutive year, the Old Chickahominy House on Jamestown Road, won for best homemade soup. The restaurant has established a long tradition of delicious fare popular with locals and visitors. The newly opened Panera Bread came in second with Victoria's finishing third in the category. Chick-Fil-A dominated the fast food category with a first and third place finish. The location at Monticello Marketplace won the top spot. The recently opened store on Mooretown Road placed third. Sandwiched between is Sonic, the popular drive-in restaurant on Rochambeau Drive next to Wal-Mart. In the category of best Chinese restaurant, Peking Restaurant, located in the Kingsgate Green shopping center, finished first in the voting. Peking has won this category for each of the 15 years it's been on the ballot. Tops China took second and Mr. Liu's finished in third.Second Street Catering and Restaurant finished first in the the category of caterer. Florimonte's Deli came in as runner-up. Last year's winner of the category, By George Catering, finished rounded out the category. Ukrop's supermarket at the Monticello Marketplace took the category of the best place for sushi. Hayashi finished second and Soya came in third. New York Deli on Richmond Rd. earned the distinction of the best deli restaurant. Paul's Deli near the campus of William & Mary finished second with Florimonte's Deli finishing third. Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill in Merchants Square won for the best crab cakes in town. It's the eighth time Berret's has won the crab cake category. Backfin restaurant came in second with Fireside Chophouse taking third.Berret's also took the best seafood restaurant category. They were followed by Backfin on Strawberry Plains Road and the Whaling Company on Route 60 near Busch Gardens.
Readers thought the best new restaurant was Food For Thought on Richmond Road. Panera Bread in New Town finished second in the category and Carraba's Italian next to Yankee Candle finished third. The best brunch winner is the Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder for the second straight year. Runner up was Second Street and Williamsburg Inn came in third place. Second Street took the category of best business lunch with Red Lobster on Richmond Road, second and Polo Club in Colony Square Shopping Center finishing third. Sal's by Victor in the Williamsburg Shopping Center was voted as the place with the best pizza. Pizza Hut came in second and Papa John's finished third. Sal's by Victor also won for best Italian restaurant, followed by Olive Garden and Giuseppe's at Ewell Station. Best barbecue again went to Pierce's on Rochambeau Drive. Finishing second was Hog Wild Smokehouse in Toano and third was Red, Hot & Blue on Richmond Road. For more than a decade, readers have picked La Tolteca as best Mexican restaurant. Casa Maya finished in second place and Tequila Rose rounded out the category.Outback Steakhouse on Richmond Road earned the best steak house, up from a second place finish last year. Aberdeen Barn, which topped the category in 2005, came in second this year. Fireside Chophouse finished third.After eating all that yummy food, it's time for dessert. The Trellis restaurant in Merchants Square won the category followed by the Carrot Tree. The Fat Canary and Berret's tied for third place
.And speaking of sweet treats, Bruster's Ice Cream in the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center won for best ice cream for the fourth straight year. Cold Stone Creamery finished second and Ben & Jerry's rounded out the category in third. Wythe Candy finished in first place for the best candy store with The Candy Factory finishing second. The Chocolate Factory and Candy Store finished in third place. Whitley's Peanuts won the top spot in the best Peanuts category. Peanut Shop of Williamsburg came in second and Virginia Peanuts rounded out the category.
The Wine Seller won best wine store. Cities Grille Wine Shop came in second and the Cheese Shop took third in this category.If you are looking for a place to socialize after all that good food you may consider one of the picks for best bar/lounges. J.M Randall's won the category with Corner Pocket in second and Whitehall Restaurant in third.