The place seemed really dirty and there was a spot close to where I sat what smelled REALLY bad.
The service was really good. Friendly minded and always avalible. The atmosphere was standard.
We had lunch but I wasn't really sure what to get. I asked for help and was advised to try the Blackened Burger which had bacon, cheese, soft onions and guacamole. That advise was really good. The burger was one of the best I've ever had.
We also tried the garlic and spinach pizza but it was bad. Maybe it was the american way to make pizza that I didn't like.
Favorite Dish: Go with the burger!
A very old place, but with charm. Not what I was expecting after reading all of their site on line, but I was glad that I came. The day we arrived, Ben-my old room mate, and Bubby, my grandson, were pretty hungry at that point. I was as well. The down side was that they only had one server on that day and she was weeded beyond, but she really did her best. Can't fault her for that. I was attracted to this place as they are a farm to table restaurant. Using only the local farmers and producers for their food, keeping organic as much as possible, making everything from scratch. The Chef, Scott Mahar, originally from NE, worked with the same infamous Italian Chef that I briefly worked with. I've yet to meet Scott to discuss our time with the big dude. Scott also is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and has an impressive resume.
Favorite Dish: The big fat ricotta pancakes with maple syrup that tastes like it just came from the tree. The Farmers Breakfast with it's 3 organic marigold yellow yolked eggs, smoked apple wood bacon and grilled tomatoes. Yummo!
I had my Sunday lunch here. It is more cafe/fast food Thai style than restaurant. In fact it is very Thai in lots of subtle ways - nothing to do with the food.
I had the garlic pork (moh tod grateeum pik Thai) - $12 with rice & a Coke. Not as good as my ex-wife’s, but still delicious. Really quick and excellent value.
All in all, I enjoyed it. Not the place for a fancy dinner out, but fine for what it was.
Favorite Dish: Easy - the garlic pork!
The 3 party animals had a great dinner in here - well mine was just a reuben sandwich, but a meal rather than a snack!
It’s a cosy, friendly, comfortable restaurant, with a good menu and not too expensive. I was introduced to Fred Red - the locally produced ale.
Thoroughly enjoyed it all.
Centrally located on the main downtown street.
We went back a second time - dinner for 3 was $35 each, for 3 main courses, 1 starter, 1 dessert and several drinks.
Favorite Dish: Reuben sandwich...
A cool laid back kind of place where 3 of us had brunch on Saturday. Loads of good coffee plus eggs Chesapeake - that’s eggs benedict but with a crab cake added. Totally delicious.
The service was friendly and efficient, but the kitchen seemed to be a bit slow. We were in no rush, so it didn’t matter. Maybe I was just hungry....
Give it a try!
$37 for the 3 of us.
Favorite Dish: Eggs Chesapeake!
Walked in to get some food to go. They could not seem to get the order right. There was a full Staff & still it took 30+ minutes to get the food. The owner of the place told us that the call in orders were more important. The owner was abrasive and rude. Get the food home and of course they messed up the order. Call to try and get the correct item but owner argued over the phone. By now I just wanted a refund. I can't trust a restaurant not messing with the food after all the attitude. Go back to get a refund I try to be civil but the owner complained to me that I cost him a remake of the order they screwed up in the first place. But after having to deal with such a rude person all I wanted was a refund. Not surprising he refused a refund. I have had some bad service, bad food, even bad customer service. But this guy took them all. I would give zero stars if I could. This place sucks!!!! Go to Primavera in Downtown Fred the food is great & owner is a world class good guy.
The following is a posting from Zana (Zanzooni) about the meetings. I wanted to keep what she said, as after the meetings, all information disappears.
"I finally found an awesome restaurant for us to have our goodbye dinner at! You
can't believe how difficult this last feat has been. Most of the restaurants
aren't capable of handling a large crowd or they want a commitment by paying a
room rental fee. But not this place."TruLuv's- A modern American Bistro".
It sits on the Rappahannock River, which is part of the Chesapeake Bay
watershed, with the most spectacular views of the river and "Chatham House"
(http://www.nps.gov/frsp/chatham.htm) which is haunted by the Lady in White who
returns to look for the man she was in love with, but George Washington stopped
I was greeted warmly the minute I entered by one of the long time servers,
Betty. She assured me that they would do everything possible to accommodate us.
She went above and beyond to help. I am going to request her as one of our
servers. She also informed me that they make everything from scratch in house,
including the sauces and bread.
There is an outside patio with tables, chairs and umbrella's and inside you will
find a wall of windows overlooking the river. At the end there is a nice big
fireplace. Off to the side is a nice private dining room, which is what we will
The Chef/Owner said that he will work with me on the menu as well as putting
this event together. So far I've liked the prefix menu that I was given, but
want to tweak it a bit. Here's what I have so far:
Crab Bisque or
Garden Salad w/ mixed greens and fresh, homemade bread w/honey butter
Herb-crusted Prime Rib w/ au jus and horseradish cream, roasted garlic mashed
potatoes and gravy, and asparagus.
Jumbo Lump Crab cakes w/ béarnaise, rice pilaf, and sautéed green beans.
Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu w/ Virginia ham and a pesto cream sauce, grilled
asparagus, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
Dessert: Belgium Chocolate Cake w/ a raspberry coulis, chocolate ganache, and a
butter cream frosting.
Non-alcoholic beverages included. Price per person: As of this minute, $31.00
plus tax and gratuity. I'm thinking a choice of soup or salad - they do fantastic crab bisque, and adding an appetizer, as we will be eating here after our trip to Luray Caverns."
Favorite Dish: I chose the Crab Bisque which was absolutely delicious.
For my main entree' I chose the Prime Rib, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. My Prime Rib was cooked to perfection and it just melted in my mouth.
Friday October 22, 2010
For Friday night's dinner we decided on CAPTAIN D'S FREDERICKSBURG. We were not disappointed. We both ordered the 3 piece fish dinner. Three very generous portions of lightly battered fish which came with cole slaw, french fries and hush puppies. I have to say they were the best hush puppies I have ever tasted- moist and with real corn kernels in them.
We had a quick sandwich al fresco here. Lovely.
We sat outside in the October sunshine, and watched the world go by as we ate.
They have a good menu, the service is quick and the folks are friendly.
Favorite Dish: My sandwich...or was it the home made iced tea?
The Bottom Line: I got food poison here. Yep, sure did. I had the Polska platter which consisted of kielbasa grilled, served with onion pierogies in a sage bechamel sauce. Sounded delicious from the menu, but when it arrived I asked myself, What the hell did I order?? It was smothered in so much cheese, that I, a cheese lover was mortified. I scraped off as much as I could. And way to much sauce. Not at all what I was expecting. I didn't like it, and told the server as much but nothing was done about it. I ended up being sick for the most part of the week.
We went here to check it out for the VA VT meet in October and I can not recommend it. The service was abysmal, silverware dirty, and management sorely lacking in hospitality.
Having said all that, they are probably more known as an Ale House with an extensive beer menu. No, make that a book of various ales, beers, fruit beers, etc. that they sell. I am not a beer drinker so I can't comment on their brews.
Favorite Dish: NO favorite.
My favorite lunch spot in Fredericksburg is Here & Abroad. I have an affinity for small, local places as opposed to chain restaurants, and Here & Abroad absolutely meets everything I value in a café. It’s in a slightly hidden location, nestled behind Hyperion Coffee, identifiable by the daily specials sign out in front. Out front there are a few small tables and a fountain surrounded by landscaping and inside are just as many small tables along the wall. Inside feels like a little Tuscan café with the sun beaming down through the roof.
The sandwiches are to die for. I have yet to experience a poorly made or less than completely delicious sandwich. My favorite item on the menu is the Oven Roasted Turkey with cucumber and red onion on a freshly baked croissant with chips. The raspberry mayo is fantastic! However, I don’t go as often as I’d like because $7 for a sandwich and chips is on the “I’d love to spend this all the time but on a college graduate/server salary I can only afford once every week or two” list. Here & Abroad is closed on Mondays, a fact engrained in my memory finally after three attempts on Mondays to get a sandwich and finding myself disappointed when I don’t see the sign on the street.
Even if you are a poor student and can hardly spend money on anything other than Ramen noodles and EasyMac, I recommend saving up that ten bucks and splurging on a sandwich, iced tea and if you’re feeling risky, a delectable dessert at least once. I promise you won’t regret it.
Allman's has been around since 1954. I have driven by this place hundreds of times, and finally decided to stop as I really wanted some good old southern BBQ. They have a walk up window which I needed as I had my grandson sleeping in the car. I peered inside, and it was a walk down memory lane, as they have original chrome spinning bar stools, ceiling fans, and neon signs. I bought the BBQ platter of pulled pork with 2 sides. They give you a choice of either shredded or minced pork, and I opted for shredded. I have to tell you: I LOVE BBQ. It's my favorite, along with grilled food. I am on a constant search for the best of the best. I was a tad disappointed here. The pork was on the dry side, not moist and succulent. The BBQ sauce is served on the side, as it should be. It was an interesting sauce. Not a red sauce, but the guy who took my order said it was a combination of the white vinegar sauce you see from N.Carolina, with a mix of red sauce ingredients. I think what surprised me was how gloppy it was. And cold. It tasted of a sweet spice, such as corriander, which I do like, and raisins. It did have a vinegar tang. I have a mixed viewpoint of this sauce, and the pork. Next time, I will try the minced pork and I want to go back and try the ribs. My sides were coleslaw, as you have to have that with your BBQ, and I first ordered the French Fries, but they were to greasy and over done for me. I traded them in for the baked beans. The slaw was pretty decent, sweet as I prefer mine, and the beans were OK. They were lacking of any real flavor aka spices, depending solely on the onion to give it some ummph. I ordered a half pound of meat, which is enough for about 3 meals, but they only give you one bun for a sandwich, and it was stale at that. Not appreciated on my end. Also, they need to update their website as it's lacking in info. Their menu gives an outdated contact email address for Juno, which has been disbanded since about 2000, for catering. The prices are relatively inexpensive, as the sandwich platter was only $8.99. The menu states that all platters come with a pickle wedge, but I didn't get one, which really I can't imagine pickles with 'Q, so it wasn't an issue for me.
Favorite Dish: It was the coleslaw at this point. It was crunchy, and sweet, but not overly so.
The atmosphere was refreshing and soothing with music quietly playing.
Our food was delicious, fresh, and fabuluous tasting. We ordered PAD THAI and it was the best we have tasted. Very flavourful. Also would recomend the Singapore Mei fun. You can change the degree of spicyness if lkie us you prefer less spicy dishes.
The staff greeted us warmly Wait staff are friendly, courteous, quick and keeps your drinks filled They are very attenticve and always ready to make your experience the most enjoyable one possible. Excellent service
Our dining experience was excellent at this restaurant; my only regret was that we were just visiting the area and live too far away too dine here often.
Favorite Dish: This restaurant serves the most delicious Thai food you've ever tasted. My favorite is the chicken pad thai. The noodles are tender, sauce sweet and nutty, the chicken seasoned to perfection.
On our way home we ate lunch at Denny's on Virginia Route 3 just before we got to Fredericksburg. I remembered incorrectly that there would be no place to eat when we would go south on I-95 and get off to transition to cross US 1 to turn onto US 17.
The bill had the following information on the bottom of it:
"If we forgot to charge you for any item you received, we are sorry. Please notify the manager and that item will be free. Also, for your help, we will give you a $10.00 gift card to use on your next visit to Denny's. Thank you"
Favorite Dish: I had the Senior Grilled Cheese Deluxe Sandwich with tomato on sourdough bread for $4.69. I had applesauce with it instead of fries. Bob had the chicken soup $3.29, and also a chocolate milkshake $3.59.
I usually don't do chain restaurants. We were hungry and this was close. It's a local, not national, chain so it still ok for me.
The chips and salsa flow freely. Everything we ordered was tasty and quick. I recommend it.
Favorite Dish: The seafood fajitas were very tasty.