Do you really mean "non-touristy", or do you mean non-tourist trap? There is a big difference. A place might gets lots of tourists because it is genuinely good, and both tourists and locals will eat at that "touristy" place. A "tourist trap" just lures in tourists and is a rip-off. Locals won't touch it.
Being that Williamsburg is primarily a tourist oriented destination, lots of good places will be touristy.
Anyway, Pierce's Pitt Barbecue
has really good barbecue, but it is touristy. Lots of locals and tourists alike enjoy it.
I'm going to disagree with Brookquarry on Mama Steves
(unless he/she meant to stay away because of tourists). Yes, it gets tons of tourists, but it is one the few breakfast places in Williamsburg that brings in genuine Surry sausage. They also have the real deal dry salt-cured Smithfiled ham. If you haven't had that before, you are in for a treat. It is very strong, and be warned that you will be thirsty all day.
Speaking of Surry sausage, the Surrey House
in Surry, VA is good bet. (Note the two different spellings of Surry/Surrey). This place will still get it's fair share of tourists, but fewer than most Williamsburg establishments. Peanuts are the star at Surrey house. Be sure to try the peanut soup and peanut pie. Of course, Surry sausage is on the menu as well.
Not really "roadfood-ish", but The Trellis
restaurant in Merchants Sqaure on Duke of Gloucester Street is darn good, somewhat finer dining. (Yup, it's in the heart of pesky tourist alley). It's enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Many unique dishes, and the menu frequently changes from season to season. It's owned by Chef Marcel Desaulniers, famous for his dessert and dessert book named "Death by Chocolate." http://www.thetrellis.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Desaulniers
Another place in Merchants Square is The Cheese Shop
. It gets a mix of locals, tourists, and college students from William & Mary. Other than the obvious of them selling cheese, they make pretty good sandwiches on French bread that you can take to go and eat outside on nearby tables. The Cheese Shop sandwiches are not very big, but they are a favorite among the girls at the nearby sororities.
For bigger appetites, a place favored by the fraternities and other guys at William & Mary, try out Paul's Deli
. It is on Scotland Street at Richmond Rd., across from the W&M football stadium. Paul's Deli serves large, oven hot sandwiches on Italian bread rolls. It does not get many tourists, but will get lots of W&M students and alumni. You will be sitting elbow to elbow with some serious eaters and beer drinkers. Get yourself a pitcher of beer and a hot "Holly" sandwch (roast beef, turkey, bacon, cheese, pickles) and enjoy. I spent many an evening at Paul's Deli during my W&M years, and still enjoy eating there when I'm in Williamburg and in the mood for a hot sandwich. The main sandwich maker, Ron, has been working there since at least 1984. You can't miss him. He looks like Richard Pryor. Paul's Deli also has strombolis (similar to a calzone with pizza sauce inside), and various other Italian and Greek dishes. But, sandwiches are King there. http://www.paulsdelirestaurant.com/
post edited by Glenn1234 - 2012/05/21 02:47:10