Fredericksburg, VA is a cute little town with a ton of history – and some great food. Here’s a quick run down of a few places you might want to check out.
On your way into town stop at Paul’s Bakery to pick up a donut or two; the donuts themselves are fantastic, but the chocolate buttercream frosting moves them to a whole new level. Regardless of which main donut chain you prefer, Paul’s will rock your socks.
Once your in town, grab some caffeine at Hyperion Espresso. The coffee is great, and if you drink it in house (assuming you can find a seat amongst the University of Mary Washington students studying) you can drink out of a fun, retro dark brown mug/white mug balanced on a dark brown saucer.
Head back to your car and drive the few short minutes to Smyrna Mediterranean Cafe. Yes, it’s in a little strip mall next to a gas station. But it’s as authentic as they come – right down to the family recipes (Greek and Turkish-Albanian, plus any special requests customers might have) and the owner speaking to her family on the phone, in Turkish. All the food looks (and smells) fabulous; the grape leaves (with a side of tzatziki) are amazing – and this is coming from someone who frequently only describes desserts as amazing. The lentil soup is also quite good.
Now it’s time for dessert. Hop on across town to Basilico New York Deli. All the food looks great, as do the desserts. But, check out the dessert of the day – they range from ricotta tart to lemon custard filled sweet calzones.