My friend and I were exploring Colonial Beach and asked one of the local store owners downtown about a good place for lunch that had some waterside atmosphere. She suggested the Dockside, which is a couple miles or so out of town. (Just follow the road parallel to the Potomac, until you can't go any further!) It is nothing fancy, just a come as you are, shorts and t-shirt kind of place where you can sit totally outside, partially outside, or in the very cool air-conditioned dining room. We went for the middle ground, a view of the beach and the "tiki huts" but not all the way outside. We wished that they had installed ceiling fans, as they did on the outside porch, in this part too. The menu has a pretty wide selection of seafood and other dishes. We both went straight for the crab cake sandwich, which comes with a side of either potato salad or cole slaw. We also got a side of hush puppies. The crab cake was a generous ball of flavor, with a good ratio of crab to filler, and overflowed the hamburger bun when squished down to eat. Hush puppies were a little sweet and very rich, studded with kernels of corn and oh, so yummy! We were not into tropical drinks that afternoon, but this would be a good place to relax with one if one was in the mood, as they have a good selection of choices and just the right atmosphere. In short, this was just the thing for a Saturday lunch at the beach!
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