The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

New sports bar draws crowd

3 min read

A new  sports bar, The Green Turtle Bar and Grille opened in December in the Spotsylvania Towne Center.
Born in 1976 in Ocean City Maryland, the Green Turtle started out as a cozy bar where people could grab a bite to eat and relax with friends.

After 34 years  the Green Turtle has become a large franchise with 26 locations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The decision to bring the Green Turtle to Fredericksburg was well thought out.

“They saw that [Spotsylvania Towne Center] was a growing area with a large potential of expansion and opportunity,” Andy Atkiinson said, a manager at the Green Turtle.

The menu keeps this sports bar and grill busy seven days a week.

The meal choices include wings, sliders, appetizers, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, entrees, and desserts.
The flatbread pizzas are one of the most popular appetizers on the menu. They come in multiple tasty flavors such as BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, and Crab. The sliders are also a favorite.

As for the entrées, there is an assortment of American classics including the NY Strip Steak, Teriyaki Salmon, and the O.C. Crab Cake.

My roommate and I tried out the Spicy Philly Steak Wrap and the Santa Fe Burger. I originally was expecting a Philly Cheese Steak in a wrap but got something more delicious!
The portion was not heavy like I expected, and I definitely had room for the steak fries provided as a side.The wrap was satisfying without being overly filling. The Philly Cheese Steak Wrap consists of ground beef “(Philly-style)”), with fried onions, cheddar-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and spicy ranch dressing.

The Santa Fe Burger was equally tasty. This big burger is taco seasoned, slathered in Pico de Gallo, pepper-jack cheese and bottle cap jalapenos on top to add to the flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed our choices.

Because of the large menu, there truly is “something for everyone.” The prices are very fair and the Green Turtle welcomes families with children by offering a “children’s menu.”

They also have a $5 “Everyday/Anytime” value menu, which consists of burgers, chicken flatbread pizzas, cheeseburger sliders, chicken quesadillas, and a buffalo chicken sandwich. If you are hungry at anytime of the day and don’t want to pay for a full meal, this deal is perfect.

The atmosphere at Green Turtle is very welcoming and laidback. At each booth in the dining area there are small flat-screen televisions so that you don’t have to look up uncomfortably during your meal to catch the game or whatever show they may have playing above you.

Customers are able to change the channel and adjust the volume so that you can truly enjoy your meal and not depend on whatever is playing in the restaurant to entertain you.

For those 21 +, the Green Turtle has an expansive bar area separate from the dining room. There are many big screen TV’s for those who want to catch sporting events and enjoy a drink at the same time. Their “Beef Up Your Beer” campaign features $1 domestic drafts and $1.50  imports. Their happy hour is until 7, with specials on beers and mixed drinks.

Since it’s openig, this addition to the restaurant scene. has been very busy so come early to get a table.