Fredericksburg surprised me with its wealth of delicious restaurants. Walking through the charming historic downtown we passed countless restaurants we wanted to try, and when we did pop our heads in we were almost always charmed. No matter what you’re after, Fredericksburg has you covered. Here is my list of where to eat in Fredericksburg if you’re ever in the area.
Mercantile – This place is everything you want in a breakfast joint. There are both healthy and indulgent options, delicious coffee and loads of good hospitality. The space is a mix of class and quirk that will get your day started on exactly the right foot.
Try the bacon cheddar biscuit or sourdough toast with bacon, egg and avocado.
Hyperion Espresso – If you can’t stomach more than coffee and a scone at breakfast, head to Hyperion Espresso to get your caffeine fix. They offer a wide selection of coffee drinks, teas, pastries and pre-packaged salads. On nice days, enjoy the outdoor patio with your pooch as seems to be the popular choice among locals.
Soup & Taco – While this modest gem does offer both soup and tacos, it brings much more to the table than that. Definitely don’t skip the excellent sopa de tortilla, or the selection of tacos but also peruse the other Tex-Mex fare chased with a basket of free chips and salsa. Having suffered through precious and overly gourmet iterations of Mexican food in DC one too many times, Soup & Taco is an eatery after this Oklahoma girl’s heart.
FoodË – Pronounced “foodie”, FoodË offers gourmet food in a casual setting. With former Top Chef contestant Joy Crump at the helm, this is one of the most notable spots in Fredericksburg (Mercantile is another one of Crump’s projects). Try Chef Joy’s famous fried chicken
Capital Ale House – Beer lovers look no further than Capital Ale House, with its laundry list of local, imported and unusual brews. The list changes regularly, so you’ll never get bored.
Fahrenheit 132 – Date night drinks call for a sexy ambiance, which you’ll find in spades at the new Fredericksburg steakhouse, Fahrenheit 132.
J. Brian’s Taproom – This locally owned Irish pub and restaurant is where you go if you want everyone to know your name. A no frills bar with good prices and a friendly atmosphere, be prepared to get comfortable and stay awhile.
Kybecca – Offering contemporary American cuisine and a raw bar, Kybecca is equally appropriate for a date night dinner as it is a casual dinner with friends. Try the pimento cheese fritters, and save room for dessert – the Nutella pot de creme is not to be missed.
Bistro Bethem – Elegant and intimate, this is the place to bring someone you want to impress. If you happen to be in town on a Sunday, be sure to take advantage of half-priced wine bottles.
Spencer Devon Brewing – Come for the generous flights of Spencer Devon Beer, stay for the food. The beer cheese soup is an incredible indulgence, and the lamb chop is a fan favorite.
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add it in the comments!