02/17/09-So Sorry-No longer here under this name. Haven't been to the new place.
Sondra Ruhren is the new owner of this cafe, formerly known as "Uncle Fred's". She named it for her son who was killed in Iraq. Inside you will see photos all over the walls of Davey, his friends, & family. She willing talks about her son, and has great pride in him.
The food is basic American. Nothing more, nothing less. You can get a breakfast burrito with home fries for $3.75. 2 hotdogs w/steak fries:$3.75. Sondra runs daily specials, and she has ice cream, bottled water, tea and soda's as well.
Favorite Dish: I love the steak fries. I go there just to eat them.
Why I like this place: These are the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and caring people I have ever met in the food industry. They love what they do, and it shows.
This is a true crab shack, and I am glad that we are so lucky to have this place in Spotsi. They've been serving up steamed crabs for almost 30 years. "Jack's" is being run by Shellie, and when her daughter's aren't traveling or going to school, Allie and Monica help her as well.
Shellie is an advocate of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, so therefore she chooses #1males, as the smaller ones need to grow, and the females need to reproduce. She refuses crabs that are caught off of the shore lines, and uses only reputable crabbers that crab out in the bay. You can buy a couple, 1/2 dozen, dozen(s), or a bushel. They will cook them for you if you want for free. They have a huge variety of fresh and frozen seafood, as well as certified Angus Beef, local farm cheese, local pork BBQ, made from scratch cakes and pies. Snow crab, crab pie, crab cakes, crab filled mushrooms, frog legs, alligator, crawfish, oysters, clams, andouille sausage, and softshell crabs. I recieved an email from Shellie letting me know that they have moved into a larger establishment. Now they will be offering fresh produce, more crab and lobster items for purchase as well as other gifts. This site has been updated to reflect the new address and phone number. Check out their site for more info.
Favorite Dish: I've had the crabs, the crab pie, the soft shell crab sandwich, and the key lime pie. I love key lime, and this has to be one of the best key lime pies ever. You can get sandwich's for $5.99, and I highly recommend the soft shell. I need to try the pomegranate sorbet. The crabs are at market price. At the beginning of the season, around Memorial Day, we paid $170.00 for a bushel, right now today they are $145.00. Tomorrow...who knows?
This is the old Mudd Tavern House. The house was built in the 1800's and still retains some of the old features of the house. The old floors, shutters and they even have an antique clock that has been inherited by all the owners from the original.
Favorite Dish: They do a pretty mean "Philly Cheese Steak" sub and I love their "garlic cheese knots".
The best place for ribs near Spotsylvania is Red, Hot and Blue. It just recently opened at Central Park Plaza, but has been in the Washington area for several years. It is relatively inexpensive and offers excellent food and large portions. Although the Spotsylvania branch is Red, Hot and Blue Express and offers only a few tables and does not include hamburgers on the menu, the others branches in the Washington area serve some of the best burgers in Washington.
Very casual atmosphere, this is an 'express' restaurant with a few tables and chairs and a drive-through window. The price is not high for the area, and the portions are large. I usually make two meals out of one visit. Some of the branches closer to Washington, DC reflect the political nature of the city with photographs, etc. on the walls.
Favorite Dish: Ribs and fries. The ribs are served either wet or dry and I beleive they are Memphis style. The fries are spiced just enough to make them interesting. The large, precisely cooked burgers at the other branches are also a favorite, as is the pulled pork.