Now that preschool is out for the summer, my children and I operate on a much more relaxed schedule. Waking up, getting dressed and eating breakfast at our own pace is so enjoyable, especially when compared to school day mornings when I have to repeat myself over and over…and over…just to get my two young children to put their clothes on and find their shoes! One such recent blissful morning we enjoyed our weekly trip to Snead’s Farm to pick up our CSA bounty (more on those adventures to come!) followed by an impromptu trip to Kenmore Park… but first, lunch! Where can I take the kids in downtown Fredericksburg for a yummy, inexpensive and quick lunch on a random weekday? Sprelly!
In the words of owners Adrian and Casey Silversmith, Sprelly is a brick-and-mortar eatery specializing in gourmet PB&J sandwiches and French crepes. Sprelly opened their doors at 920 Caroline Street in April of 2016. Their menu offers sandwiches, crepes, coffee and a plethora of “nutterly delicious” freshly ground gourmet nut butters. Check out their website at sprelly.com for more information and to purchase the nut butters directly.
My daughter, son and I found Adrian behind the counter of Sprelly during the Wednesday lunch hour. Sprelly is open six days a week, closed only on Tuesdays. They share a space with the Made in Virginia store and have a convenient walk-up window for those who are looking for a really, really quick bite or late night snack. My daughter and son each selected a Nutella and marshmellow fluff sandwich with a side of chips and carrots. They loved their sandwiches so much that my daughter declared “we need to eat here all the time!” High marks coming from my normally selective five-year-old! My son concurred whole-heartedly. I ordered the “Apple-ation Trail” sandwich, one of the gourmet options. It features Sprelly’s honey roasted peanut butter, granny smith apples, apple butter, fresh sliced Virginia ham and sharp cheddar cheese on whole wheat bread. Lots of flavors (!!) and yet they marry together smoothly. The crispness of the apples and apple butter balances nicely against the sweetness of the peanut butter and warm ham and cheese.
After more pleasant conversation with “Mr. Adrian,” as my children call him, the kids and I hopped on down to Kenmore Park. I wish I had some funny anecdotes spurred by disastrous events to sprinkle in, but really we had such a great day! I highly recommend visiting Sprelly with your loved ones. If you are taking young children, I would advise making the trip on a weekday if you can, simply because parking on weekends can be tricky and make things a bit more laborious. Tell Mr. Adrian that Maggie and Brendan sent you!