Cooking is an art, which is why when an exhibition falls through, savvy museum directors simply ask the cafeteria for a plate of tater tots to frame. Chew on a masterpiece with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and non-alcoholic beverages at The Otter House in Fredericksburg.
Part restaurant, part music venue, The Otter House entertains mouths with selections from a menu of homestyle favorites while engaging ears with regular performances by live bands and DJs. Conquer big appetites with all-natural, hormone-free hamburgers, including the Dirty variation ($8.95) dusted with a layer of house chili, cheddar cheese, and onion. Open-faced sloppy-joe sandwiches ($8.95) recall the glory days of the lunchroom but add grilled ciabatta and cream queso sauce to create tastier memories. Seven kinds of pizzas ($7.95–$9.95) bake up on bubbly crusts, from barbecue shrimp to crab. The Otter House's famous mac 'n' cheese ($5.95) combines noodles with dairy more appealingly than does a swimming pool full of milk and thin foam flotation devices.
Two levels of seating fill the Otter House’s smoke-free entertainment enclave. Little ones may order from their own kids' menu while adults meander to the upstairs bar to watch end-zone dances on seven flat-screen televisions or enjoy live music on select nights. Bands and DJs take the stage multiple times per week so that patrons don’t have to create musical ambiance by humming their tunes through the air vents.
1005 Princess Anne St.
Fredricksburg, Virginia 22401