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Keystone Coffee & Auto Spa

In American, Coffee, Dessert on January 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

2206 Princess Anne Street  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://www.keystonecoffeeandautospa.com/

I frequent this shop to buy coffee for my mom and her coworkers, who prefer their drip coffees over the brews at Hyperion and Starbucks.  Doubling as an autospa, the cafe area is usually sparsely populated, making it a perfect place to work (note: you will need to ask for a wiFi login).  I go here more for the atmosphere than the food, which is just “ok.”  The menu offers a number of classic sandwiches and this time I ordered the hearty chicken salad on a warm croissant with carrots and ranch dip.  Overall, the meal eliminated my hunger pangs, I did not leave feeling too guilty and I enjoyed the quiet environment where I was able to work with a caffeine buzz and without any distractions.

Small Caramel Latte

Chicken Salad Sandwich on a Croissant with Carrots and Ranch Dip

This coffee and sandwich shop offers cozy seating options, from plush couches to lounge chairs and a cushioned booth

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Eileen’s Bakery and Cafe

In American, Coffee, Dessert on January 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

1115 Caroline St.  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://www.eileensinc.com/

I had visited Eileen’s a few years ago when it had first opened and had been underwhelmed by the desserts I tried.  My experience this time was pleasant though, and after seeing the sandwiches on display, I was sad that my stomach could hold no further contents after lunch at Foode.  A smiling young woman at the counter asked me what my friend and I would like and was patient through our hesitation and mind changes.  When asked for a recommendation, she pointed to the cream cheese danish, which was warmed up to where the flaky perfection melted in my mouth.

Despite the pastry heaven that I was in, arctic chills brought on by several ceiling fans made the interior an uncomfortable place to stay for long periods of time.   Also, there were no outlets available in the main seating area, so I would not recommend coming here to work on a computer.

Cream Cheese Danish

I definitely would have tried the Katmandu Curry Chicken Salad (Peanut Butter, Creole Mayo, Lettuce and Pickles) if I was not stuffed from my delicious Foode black bean burger

Arriving just as the lunch rush had gotten their food, we were able to get our drinks and pastries in no time

Once a church, Eileen's has renovated its interior to accommodate large parties

Foode- Best Burger

In American on January 20, 2012 at 4:22 am

1006 Caroline Street  Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

http://foodeonline.com/

“I’m sorry, we are no longer accepting customers for lunch,” with just one sentence the Foode staff crushed our hopes.  This time my friend and I came prepared, knowing exactly what time we should arrive and what we were going to order.  The ordering process is nontraditional in the sense that you order at the front counter before you are lead to your seat and brought a cup of refreshing lemon water.  We decided on the the Foode fries with a curry dipping sauce as an appetizer, which was brought out quickly by one of the Foode chefs.  I would recommend the grilled cheese for crust lovers, but those who prefer their grilled cheeses on loaf bread will be startled.  The sandwich was tasty, but paled in comparison to the black bean burger, which is hands down the best veggie burger I have ever had the pleasure of consuming.  From the stylish presentation to the moist burger and soft bun, the burger dazzled my taste buds in a way that I have never experienced before.

There are many reasons why I would return to Foode.  The fresh ingredients are largely acquired locally and the food is creative, visually appealing, made with care and not to mention ridiculously tasty.  The service is also efficient, as the wait for neither the line nor food took too long.  I cannot wait until I am in Fredericksburg again so that I can return to Foode and treat myself to another mouth-watering meal.

Foode Fries (Hand-Cut Russets Served with Curry Aioli Sauce)

Foode Fries (Hand-Cut Russets Served with Curry Aioli Sauce)

Cheesy Black Bean Burger (Black Beans, Green& Red Peppers, Seasoned Rice, Cilantro Mayo, House Pimiento Cheese) with Potato Salad

Cheesy Black Bean Burger (Black Beans, Green& Red Peppers, Seasoned Rice, Cilantro Mayo, House Pimiento Cheese) with Potato Salad

Cheesy Black Bean Burger (Black Beans, Green& Red Peppers, Seasoned Rice, Cilantro Mayo, House Pimiento Cheese) with Potato Salad

Grilled Cheese for "Big Kids" (Bentons Bacon, Sharp Chedder, Organic Arugula Pesto, Smoked Jalapeno Aioli) with Potato Salad

Foode's interior features seating for parties of 2-10.

Goolrick’s Modern Pharmacy Drugs

In American on January 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

901 Caroline Street  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://www.yelp.com/biz/goolricks-modern-pharmacy-drugs-fredericksburg

Great place for simple, cheap eats.  Tasty tuna sandwiches and good tomato bisque soup.  Soups available in the winter, milkshakes in the summer, pie all year.  Cool counter seats and yes, they spin!  Seating does not afford a comfortable situation for parties of 4+ and it is often difficult to find a place to sit during peak hours.  When we were there we sat by a man who was campaigning for senate and was meeting with a woman representing the Tea Party.

Tuna Salad with Egg, Chips & Pickle


Hyperion Espresso

In American, Coffee on January 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

301 William St  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://www.hyperionespresso.com/

This corner coffee shop is always bustling with activity.  Demographics include artsy students erasing away at their portfolio pieces, sleep deprived and disheveled slaves of academia, perky Sunday morning runners, and smartly dressed business associates.  Good place to finally get started on that outline or meet up with old friends.  Wifi is spotty at times, but maybe it was just inclement weather interfering.

Short Hazelnut Latte, almost good-looking to drink!

Here & Abroad Bistro and Bakery

In American, Dessert on January 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

1004 Princess Anne St  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://www.yelp.com/biz/here-and-abroad-bistro-and-bakery-fredericksburg

Cheerful and friendly staff with consistently good desserts that won’t expand your waistline (too much) or flush out your wallet.  With 3-4 tables inside, this is not the place to eat in for large groups, but works nicely for a quick lunch or sudden bout of the sweet tooth.

With the cream light and smooth on the tongue and the toasted almonds offering a pleasantly subtle crunch, the toasted almond cream cake always has me coming back for more.

Chocolate Mousse Cake was very moist and the chocolate taste was just enough not to be overpowering.

Here & Abroad's charming exterior features chairs and tables for those who prefer fresh air with their delectable desserts.

Near the traffic-heavy Hyperion Espresso in downtown Fredericksburg and tucked away behind a small gift shop, Here & Abroad is almost easy to miss.

Umi Japanese Fine Dining

In Dessert, Japanese on January 10, 2012 at 5:06 am

1500 Jefferson Davis Hwy  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://vaumisushi.com/

This cozy restaurant offers a variety of Japanese food, from mouth-watering sushi combinations and chubby udon noodles to sea bass and filet mignon.  For those can’t quite make up their mind, are the bento boxes which include chicken, seafood and tofu options accompanied by light and crispy shrimp tempura California rolls.  Make sure to save room for dessert, the tempura ice cream shamelessly combines two of life’s guilty pleasures in one sinfully delicious bite.

The entire experience was enhanced by the sweet and attentive owners and waitresses, who can often be found poking fun at their old customers or doubling over in laughter over some humorous exchange.

Gyoza (Pan Fried Pork Dumpling)

Creamy Crab Roll and Lobster Roll

Bento Box A (Chicken Teriyaki, Shrimp Tempura & California Roll)

Tempura Ice Cream

Red Bean Mochi Ice Cream

J. Brian’s Tap Room

In American on January 9, 2012 at 6:00 am

200 Hanover Street  Fredericksburg, VA 22401

http://jbrianstaproom.com/index.htm

Crab Dip with White Pepper & Old Bay Seasoning, Baked into Cream Cheese, Garnished with Parmesan & Scallions; Served with Pita Crisp

Crab Dip with White Pepper & Old Bay Seasoning, Baked into Cream Cheese, Garnished with Parmesan & Scallions; Served with Pita Crisp

Buffalo Wings

Amsterdam Falafelshop- Best Fries

In Middle Eastern on January 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

2425 18th Street NW  Washington DC 20009

http://www.falafelshop.com/

The ordering process is somewhat chaotic in this small falafel shop, but the cramped quarters are redeemed by the toppings bar, where 21 sauces and toppings await the companionship of your warm falafel.  Please, I beg you not leave without trying the fries, which have amazingly perfected the ratio of soft potato to crisp outside.  Not a single fry disappoints, even the overgrown and slightly more obese fries have the texture of their thinner counterparts.

After seeing me not so discretely snapping shots, the cashier asked me whether I was a spy for the McDonald’s corporation.  So, staff has a sense of humor.

Regular Falafel with Cilantro, Tzatziki Sauce, Chickpea Salad and Cucumbers with Red Onions

Regular Fries (Served in a piping hot cone and fried to perfection, dunked in dutch mayo)

Falafel and Fries

Falafel Building Directions

21 Falafel Sauces and Toppings

Inside Seating

Amsterdam Falafelshop Exterior includes outside seating and water for any furry friends.

China Kingdom

In Chinese on January 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

6222 Old Dominion Dr  McLean 22101

http://washingtondc.menupages.com/restaurants/china-kingdom/ (no website)

I’ve been here twice and have been underwhelmed both times.  The soup dumplings were mediocre, both the flavor and texture failed to impress, especially after returning from NYC’s Shanghai Cafe.  The flavor of the pork chops were ok but second to Vinh Kee‘s tasty cutlets.

Pork Chops

Wonton Soup

Chicken E-Fu Noodles

Soup Dumplings (mediocre)

Complimentary Sorbet