Taste of Lake Anna: Dining at the Lake
Serving Up Delectable Dishes at Your Lakeside Table
There’s lots of history in and around Lake Anna. Something that is sure to go down in history is one of the delicious meals you’ll have on your visit. Let the local menus tempt your taste buds with options ranging from fresh seafood to handmade sweets. So, grab a quick bite at a pub or settle down for a gourmet meal, and get a taste of Lake Anna.
Dining on the Lake
What’s more relaxing than a meal beside the water? A visit to Lake Anna is not complete without dining at one of the many lake-front restaurants. Some of these restaurants are close enough for you to pull your boat up to their dock and stroll straight to your table. Whether you’re craving breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’re sure to leave these restaurants satisfied with a hankering for more. These waterside restaurants are family-friendly with plenty of outdoor seating to take in the beautiful view.
Be sure to check out the smaller restaurants in the New Bridge Landing shopping center if you are interested in a quick bite, or make a reservation for a couple’s evening out at one of the upscale establishments in the area for a memorable night on the town.
If the scenic backdrop isn’t enough to draw you in, how about some entertainment while you dine? Partake in a little competition during your meal with lawn games like giant Connect Four or cornhole. A number of restaurants on the lake also host events throughout the year that are perfect for the whole family. Stop by for trivia nights or end your meal by dancing to live music.
From pizzerias to all the delicious seafood eateries and barbecue joints, there are countless restaurants surrounding Lake Anna to choose from. Satisfy your seafood craving with hand-shucked raw oysters or a delectable seafood platter. Take your taste buds to straight to Italy with classic pasta dishes, while wining and dining in a romantic atmosphere. Or, try award-winning slow cooked barbecue at a family-owned restaurant. A platter of tender beef brisket or a rack of ribs is sure to hit the spot.
Lake Anna restauranteurs pride themselves in knowing what’s going on your plate. Local chefs strive to keep the food they serve fresh and natural. This means serving up locally-sourced ingredients, from the fruits and vegetables to the beef, seafood and chicken. You’ll taste a wide range of dishes made with the freshest ingredients that are so appetizing that you’ll be back to the Lake for more.
Cuisine ranging from Italian to Chinese awaits just a short drive from Lake Anna. Basilico Italian Market and New York Deli, located in Fredericksburg, offers Italian-style brick oven pizza, paninis, homemade gelato and more. When you’re in the mood for Chinese cuisine, head to Peter Chang China Café in Richmond. Chef Chang was once considered one of the highest ranked chefs in China.
Looking for an elegant spot with rustic character? Charlottesville’s C&O Restaurant offers six different dining areas, where you may find yourself between two historic buildings on one floor, then outdoors on their tranquil terrace. In addition, their menu is fueled by the freshest local ingredients. If you want to travel to Europe, there’s no need to hop on a plane! Foti’s in Culpeper features an assortment of fine European delicacies such as fried buffalo frog legs, pulled duck confit and wild boar spring rolls. One thing’s for certain, fine fare is not far in Lake Anna.
Let your culinary adventure lead you to indulge in a homemade pie or cake from an area bakery. Your sweet tooth will thank you after you try one of the many made-from-scratch pies. While apple and cherry are classic, discover new flavors like fresh blueberry, chocolate bourbon nut, strawberry-rhubarb and so many more.
Why wait until dinner? Start your day with fresh-baked muffins, pastries or even a dozen donuts to share with everyone. Local pastry shops specialize in out of the box donuts like cereal-topped fried donuts and red velvet cake donuts.
After a long day on the lake, cool off with an ice cream sundae, milkshake or old-fashioned custard. Or, deep fry your dessert and treat yourself to a deep-fried Twinkie, Oreo or banana split. Needless to say, when it comes to desserts, Lake Anna doesn't mess around!