It can be tough to tell cage-fed chickens from free-range, and even tougher to discern an organic head of lettuce from a genetically engineered head of lettuce with the body of a lion. Save the time you'd spend deliberating with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of natural fare and drinks at FOODĒ, located in Fredericksburg.
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.