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Top Places to Dine in Fredericksburg
Here’s one thing you should never forget to bring on a trip to the Fredericksburg region – your appetite. The list of foodie-worthy restaurants and food stands in this region grows every year. Whatever you’re looking for – farm-to-table dining, ethnic cuisines, kid-friendly cafes or classic comfort food – you’ll find it here.
1. Five Favorite Local Haunts – Eat like a local at these favorite hangouts, which have won loyal followings with their reliably good food and comfortable atmosphere.
- Amy’s Café is a scenic retreat where you can ponder the glory days of the Colonial port of Falmouth while eating a crab-cake sandwich just steps from the Rappahannock River. The outdoor terrace is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or a draught beer.
- Basilico has won over many Fredericksburg eaters with its artisan deli sandwiches and salads. Be sure to save room for dessert, though, as the cabinet full of Italian cakes, pastries and gelato offers some of the best sweet treats in Fredericksburg.
- George’s Pizza has been a Spotsylvania tradition for decades. Sit down to a table in the no-frills dining room and prepare to be wowed by the amount of cheese on these pies, which lie somewhere between a Chicago deep-dish and New York style pizza.
- The Log Cabin is a classic steakhouse, offering great seafood, a salad bar and cozy fireside dining. Housed in a log cabin on U.S. 1 in Stafford, this has been a local tradition since 1942. A great choice for a romantic meal.
- Sunken Well Tavern is a true local gathering spot, nestled in one of Downtown Fredericksburg’s charming neighborhoods. You’ll find a modern array of appetizers and farm-to-table dishes, quirky décor and a great brunch.
2. Five Family-Friendly Eateries – Dining with kids? You’ve got some great options in the Fredericksburg region that have plenty to please parents, as well.
- Eileen’s Bakery & Café serves breakfast and lunch in a restored 1833 church. This Downtown Fredericksburg café is a favorite among families with young children, known for its kids’ meals that feature julienned Granny Smith apples, kid-friendly seating areas and delicious food and pastries to please all ages.
- Sammy T’s is an excellent choice for any group that includes diverse diets. You can get a great burger and fries here, but they’re also known for their wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, many of which will appeal to omnivores, as well.
- Umi Japanese Cuisine is a good stop for those who eschew traditional kids’ menus. The bento meals here are excellent opportunities for kids to try a variety of new foods, and between fried tempura and chicken teriyaki, there’s plenty to please any palate.
- Vinny’s Italian Grill feels as welcoming as an Italian family kitchen, and has won over locals with its New York-style pizza and pasta, salads, soups and sandwiches. This is a crowd-pleaser with multiple locations in the region.
- Virginia Barbecue has all the makings of a classic Southern family supper. You’ll find several styles of barbecue, along with traditional slaw, potato salad, baked beans, corn bread muffins and much more.
3. Five Brunch and Breakfast Spots – Mornings are delicious in the Fredericksburg region. Here are some great options for the most important meal of the day.
- Butternut & Blue Bistro & Bakery serves breakfast Tuesday through Saturday until 11 a.m. and Sunday brunch all day in Spotsylvania’s Courthouse Village. Enjoy hearty omelets, breakfast sandwiches and locally raised Papa Weaver’s pork in the sausage gravy and biscuits platter. Don’t forget to check out the goodies in the pastry case.
- Cornbread & Caviar begins serving breakfast at 8 a.m. on Sundays, and then opens up a larger brunch menu at 11 a.m. This family-owned eatery serves up home-style Southern favorites, including its own spin on eggs Benedict. Check the chef’s specials, which usually include some innovative dishes.
- Courthouse Café serves classic diner food from the heart of historic Spotsylvania Courthouse. This is the place to go for a big breakfast, a bottomless cup of coffee and lots of local flavor.
- Mason-Dixon Café fills up for its weekend brunch offerings, which range from decadent shrimp and grits to the imaginatively named “Breakfast Club,” a sandwich made with two Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage and bacon.
- Mercantile is the second restaurant opened by chef Joy Crump, former contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef. With an interior embellished by local artist Gabriel Pons, artisan pour-over coffee and imaginative locally-sourced dishes, this is a foodie’s breakfast joint.
4. Five Places for Portable Food – It’s true, the Fredericksburg region’s diverse array of attractions will keep you moving. Stay in motion with these foods you can take along for the adventure.
- Agora Downtown Coffee Shop makes a great cup of coffee, but don’t miss the bakery case in front, which is filled with hand-made muffins, pastries and sandwiches, many of them vegan and gluten-free (but far from flavor-free). Don’t miss the macarons!
- Carl’s Frozen Custard allows you to satisfy your sweet tooth while also visiting a National Historic Landmark. This retro frozen treat stand has been featured on national television programs. Try a soft-serve cone, shake or malt.
- Benny Vitali’s may be the only place where you can make an entire meal out of a single slice of pizza. The “Virginia Slice” has become a popular accessory for strolling downtown ever since this quirky and delicious place opened. Warning: If you purchase an entire 28-inch pie, you’ll need a large SUV to take it home.
- The Icing Backing Co. has a schedule for its cupcake flavors. Mondays and Tuesdays are the time to find s’mores and caramel apple versions of these handheld treats, and by the time the weekend hits, you’ll find the “Big Oink” bacon-maple combo, and the Girl-Scout-cookie-inspired Samoa. That’s just a small sampling of the entire list, so take your sweet tooth and find your favorite.
- Snack Shack is a throwback to the days before fast food was dominated by national chains. Belly up to the window and order a thick shake, fries and a Royal Burger to take with you on the road or enjoy at one of their picnic tables.
5. Award-winning cuisine in the Fredericksburg region – Word is getting out. This is a great place to eat. Fredericksburg was named one of the state’s top foodie towns by Virginia.org in 2015. Among the must-visit stops on their list were Downtown Fredericksburg’s Hyperion Expresso and Bistro Bethem and Stafford County’s Zum Rheingarten, a German restaurant. Below are other eateries who have received accolades.
- Foode’s chicken and waffles was voted best dish in Virginia in the Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Madness contest in spring 2015.
- Zibbibo 73 Trattoria & Wine Bar was named one of Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 best restaurants in Virginia two years in a row.
For more information about the Fredericksburg area, go to www.VisitFred.com.
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