At first glance, the area restaurant landscape looks barren. Nothing
could be farther from the truth…you just need to know where to
look. Granted, you might have to drive a bit depending on what you crave.
There is no “restaurant row” at Lake Anna.
Many want to know where to get something to eat when traveling BY BOAT.
The overwhelming vote belongs to Lakeview Restaurant, located at Hunter’s
Landing on Lake Anna. John and Linda know what they are doing. Lakeview
is overlooking the lake but don’t go on Monday or Tuesday because
everybody needs a day or two off. Lakeview’s menu covers the spectrum
from burgers to prime rib to Italian. The prime rib is a favorite and
served every Saturday night. Nightly specials are also offered.
out on Customer Appreciation Night at Chelsea Joe's is a tradition around
the lake. Half the challenge of this activity is actually finding a
table these days. Joe and Lester have created an institution with their
half price burger on Wednesday nights. See all your friends and neighbors
and meet many more. You can eat inside or out if the weather is nice.
Linger into the evening and join the crowd at the bar for a cool one.
Chelsea Jo’s is on Route 208 across from Sturgeon Creek Marina.
The Tavern On The Rail is a must-do for those of you that desire an
elegant, yet relaxed dinner out. We can't blame you for missing those
posh restaurants of the city. Try Tavern on the Rail for the sumptuous
food with a rustic, refined atmosphere. Melody and Kenny offer weekly
seafood specials, special cut steaks, and
their famous Train Wreck dessert. The Frederick’s
Hall casserole is a “can’t miss” mainstay of the menu.
Tavern On The Rail is located on Rte. 618 approximately 5 miles out
If you enjoy a nice drive in the country there are two delightful dining
opportunities in Culpeper, about 35 minutes from mid Lake Anna. Located
just down the street from each other are: The Hazel River Inn and It’s
About Time. Follow Rt. 522 North into Culpeper and turn right onto Davis
Street. They are both well worth the drive.
Another off-the-water activity Lakers enjoy is a visit to downtown Fredericksburg
for some of Carl's famous ice cream. This is no ordinary ice cream.
The 30-minute drive is worth every mile to sample some of this 50-year
old fixture's products. Located on Princess Anne Street, not far from
Route 1, Carl's serves three flavors of frozen custard, chocolate, vanilla
and strawberry. What makes it so good? A 1940-era Electro-Freeze ice
cream machine and fresh ingredients. Carl's is open from mid-February
Fredericksburg sports the full gamut of chain restaurants, but many
of the local favorites are not widely known outside the area. The downtown
area has a wonderful assortment of small café’s and restaurants.
Olde Town Steak and Seafood, located at 1612 Caroline Street, has been
an area favorite for years. Olde Town was voted “Simply the Best”
Seafood and Upscale Restaurant, by a Free Lance Star annual readers