Hi all! I thought I would do an extra post this week since last week was a little lacking. Today I wanted to share a fun local restaurant with you. Jasen and I don't go out to eat often because 1) It's expensive and 2) I can/like to cook. So, when we do go out, we try to go to some place that's exceptional. It is usually a restaurant with something I can't make (authentic Indian food) or something local and delicious. This past Saturday, to celebrate my new RD status, we had lunch at a restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg called Foode.
This gem prides itself on local and organic offerings with a no-fuss atmosphere. Sounds like my kind of place, huh? I've been here once before, about a year ago, for dinner with my mom. Let me just say that this is way too long between visits and, now that I'm living back in the area, I will definitely be visiting them more frequently.
We arrived around 12:30 to see a crowd outside the door. We grabbed a menu, got our name on the list, and claimed our spot for the 20-30 minute wait. The one bad thing about this place is their food is so good, there are lots of people trying to get their hands on it. Needless to say, the masses are willing to wait it out on the street in the summer heat. Yes, it really is worth it.
We were happy to wait. Me rocking a top knot and my stunna shades...
and Jasen repping our local CrossFit affiliate.
The restaurant doesn't use a traditional service style. Here's how it works. You grab a menu and make your selection(s). Then you order and pay at the register before being seated. They start you off with your drinks and then you take it upon yourself to get your refills. They bring your food out when it's ready and check back periodically to make sure everything is to your liking. It's kind of like one step above "fast-casual" (think Chipotle or Panera) in service with gourmet food. This also means there is no need to tip.
Our wait didn't seem that long at all since we spent the whole time scouring the menu again and again and AGAIN. Everything looked so yummy, it was hard for us to make a decision. We both ended up choosing the Fredericksburger.
I got mine without the cheese, Jasen got his with. I'm just not a cheese person. Sorry. :( The thought of it actually made me gag as a child.
Once we heard them call "Jasen!" we turned in our menus and headed in to order. I always give the last name when reserving a table, Jasen always gives the first. I'm not sure which is more common.
We placed our order, payed, and got started on our tea while we waited.
We actually ended up sitting in the same place my mom and I did when we ate there together. Here's Jasen, looking cute as usual.
And me enjoying my tea. Why do my fingers look all jacked up?
When the food came we were super hungry. I couldn't even get a picture of Jasen's burger before he started diving in!
Here's mine. The bun skewered vertically on top was a nice touch.
And here's a close-up. Check out those fries and all their crispy goodness!
We both cleaned our plates and weren't hungry for another 8 hours. Anyone who knows me will understand that this is an incredible feat. I'm always hungry and, if I don't eat, I get grumpy. Mom says I'm worse now than I was as a baby.
If you live in the area, definitely plan to check out Foode. The food is great and you can feel good about eating it.
Do you have a favorite local restaurant where you live? Let me know in the comments below!