Photo credit: Kybecca

It’s hot out there, folks. The kind of heat that makes you crave, cold, crisp, refreshing dishes. No worries, we’ve got you covered.

We’re not judging, so if you want to go on an ice-cream-only diet during the Dog Days of Summer, be our guest and check out this list of places to get ice cream in the Fredericksburg region.

But there’s plenty of joy to be found in the savory entrée that doesn’t bring heat this time of year. Here are some suggestions for hot-weather eating in the Fredericksburg region.

Hand-shucked oysters

Kybecca is a go-to place for raw oysters, and the dish is made all the more refreshing if you pair it with an icy cold hand-crafted cocktail from their bar. If you’ve got a serious seafood craving, head to the Happy Clam on Sophia Street in Downtown Fredericksburg. You can start with a shrimp cocktail and then indulge in delicious fresh seafood platters.

Cucumber Sandwich

There’s nothing cooler than a cucumber when you’re looking for summer sandwiches. Butternut & Blue Bistro in Spotsylvania’s Courthouse Village shopping district has a delicious cucumber sandwich on the menu with sliced cucumber, fontina cheese and tzatziki sauce. Other cold items to try are their chicken salad and power salad with kale, toasted sunflower seeds, cranberries, bacon and goat cheese. These will fuel you up for a hot day out and about.

Sammy T's gazpacho

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This may be the most refreshing way to enjoy peak-of-summer tomatoes, and the Fredericksburg region has a few great ways to sample this cold soup. Sammy T’s has gazpacho, along with a large selection of other cold dips to enjoy, including “chi-chi dip” (a lemony hummus) and tzatziki dip. At La Petite Auberge, you can find gazpacho on the menu when it’s in season. Add some crab meat for a decadent, refreshing appetizer. Kybecca and Bistro Bethem also do gazpacho well.

Umi Japanese Cuisine

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From seaweed salad to cold rolls and sashimi, sushi is a healthy meal that won’t weigh you down. You’ll find plenty of cold items on the menu at Umi Japanese Cuisine, which has two locations in the Fredericksburg region. Try the restaurant’s newest location at 20 Dunn Dr., off Garrisonville Road in Stafford County, or the original at 1500 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Fredericksburg. This is some of the freshest sushi you’ll find.

Watermelon Margarita

When the heat of the day has you thinking you can’t go another step, head to Poco Loco in Thornburg in Spotsylvania County to relax with this seasonal frosty treat. Here you’ll find a fun-filled atmosphere and an outdoor deck where you can enjoy your meal as the sun goes down.

Juice Sampler

Photo credit: Almost Vegan Cafe 

Cold-pressed juices

Almost Vegan Café has recently taken over the space at 915 Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg that once housed Lizz’ Creative Juices. The new café is up and running with plenty of good stuff for a hot day. Try juices including Pucker Up, a blend of green apple, kale, parsley, lemon and mint, or You Glow, which has pineapple, cucumber, carrot, lemon, lime and ginger. Almost Vegan also sells smoothies like Tropical Paradise, a mix of mango, pineapple, banana, orange and coconut, or Berry Berry Good, which has mixed berries, banana, acai berry and an antioxidant blend. All of these offerings are vegan, gluten-free and use organic ingredients whenever possible. Also look for food on the menu here.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018