Restaurants in Fredericksburg

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Nestled amid the rustic buildings and specialty shops of the historic town of Fredericksburg, Tea Tyme & What Nots’ classic tea parlor fits right in. Soft lanterns illuminate deep red walls and couples chat over trays of cucumber sandwiches and ornamental cups of tea. Old-fashioned pots simmer with brews from the parlor’s more than 100 different black, green, and herbal varieties, sending the aroma of fragrant spices, tangy fruits, and crisp mint into the air. Teas pair with multi-tiered platters of housemade pastries, savory sandwiches, and wholesome salads upon antique wooden tabletops.

Within the parlor’s onsite shop, shelves glimmer with elegant costume jewelry and jars of loose-leaf teas. Throughout the year, the tearoom plays host to special events, from children’s tea parties to the lumberjacks’ bimonthly book club.

907 Caroline St
Fredericksburg,
VA
US

Virginia Barbeque first opened shop in a 100-year-old home in Ashland. The building's long history helped convey the sense of community roots that founder Rick Ivey wanted to express in his eatery's friendly, wood-smoked meats, and fresh-made sides. Now with locations across the state and a slew of accolades from the local media, Virginia Barbeque's mission to build a devoted following and pave a state highway with barbecue sauce is well under way. The restaurant's signature meats begin with a dry rub in a house spice blend before they take a 12-hour stint in a rotisserie smoker filled with hickory wood. Then, cooks hand-pull the meat and slather on house-made Virginia-style red sauce or North Carolina-style vinegar sauce.

18043 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Ruther Glen,
VA
US

On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.

10907 Courthouse Rd
Fredericksburg,
VA
US

On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.

207 Kings Hwy
Fredericksburg,
VA
US

The culinary crew at The Sunken Well Tavern slings savory quesadillas, brimming burgers, and customizable sandwiches from a versatile, eclectic menu. Incisors can dive into a Maryland crab-cake sandwich ($10), heaped with real crabmeat and unencumbered by fillers or bulky shoulder pads. Stretch a gooey slice from a singular selection of quesadillas, including barbecue shrimp ($9) or grilled steak ($10), which seals New York strip steak into a snuggly sleeping bag of cheddar and provolone. Hefty burgers ($7+) and crisp salads ($9+) round off the Sunken Well's robust menu, granting hands and silverware equal dining rights as jukebox tunes or live music swell throughout the venue.

720 Littlepage St
Fredericksburg,
VA
US

FOODĒ co-founder Beth Black and executive chef/owner Joy Crump please palates and the planet with their seasonal menu, full of locally sourced spins on classic American fare. Wake up taste buds without licking ice cubes thanks to the house doughnuts—freshly dropped dough served Tuesday–Saturday until 11 a.m., and dusted with cinnamon and sugar ($2), or put standard notions of french fries to sleep with the FOODĒ fries—hand-cut potato products flanked by lemon-herb aioli, mixed-cracked-peppercorn aioli, and spicy chipotle ketchup ($4). The grilled cheese for "big kids" serves up a healthy dose of nostalgia lounging on a bed of local cheeses, arugula pistou, and herb-buttered bread ($8), and the house-made single pizza warms hearts and digestive tracts with a pieful of organic Berkshire pork sausage and parmesan crust ($7). FOODĒ rosters child-approved selections such as the all-natural hot dog ($5), which can be capped off by snuggling Miss Susan's chocolate chunk cookies next to a glass of milk ($4.50) and a solar-powered electric blanket.

1006 Caroline St
Fredericksburg,
VA
US