LakeAnnaLifeTimesJuneJuly2015 18 eatdrinkRESTAURANT REVIEW TThere are few places to eat on the water at Lake Anna that offer the big three when it comes to dining experi- ences 1 atmosphere 2 food and 3 service. Anna Cabana is one option youll want to try this season that has a win- ning combination of these important restaurant factors. Located about 50 yards from the water just inside the east shore of Sturgeon Creek in the mid lake region Anna Cabana offers diners that ar- rive by water free dockage. There are also a limited num- ber of parking places on land accessed by Rt. 601 and then Lewiston Road and finally Boggs Drive. This is currently an outdoor dining venue that seats about 30 on a deck overlooking the lake that offers an outstand- ing sunset view. The land be- tween the deck and the lake is a manicured lawn with more picnic tables cornhole and plenty of room for the kids to frolic and let off some steam before dinner. Anna Cabana is perfect for couples looking to enjoy a romantic evening out on the boat with dinner and a sunset as well as for families looking for a welcoming place that of- fers an affordable meal. When its time to order youll find the menu offers a number of recognizable appetizers and entrees with funny names. The crab dip is outstanding and an LKA Must-Do if you want to have a pre-meal snack. Porkys Na- chos are new this year and are a hearty mish-mash of pulled pork BBQ and the standard nacho ingredients. The rest of the menu includes sandwiches and entrees. New this year is the California Cowboy a chicken salad sandwich with a drizzle of honey topped with tomato bacon and avocado. The Big Bubba Burger is also new and quickly attaining legendary LKA status. When it arrives after a long day of wakesurf- ing you find a beefy offering that features two beef patties 11 oz. total topped with lettuce tomato pickels and your choice of cheeses. The buttermilk bird sandwich is another new choice featuring a buttermilk deep fried chick- en breast with pepper jack cheese slaw cabbage and pickles. The crab cake sand- wich is one of the top sellers at the restaurant. Entrees include a flat iron steak marinated chicken thighs a country fried steak Maryland crab cakes a local favorite the shrimp and crab cake combo a fish of the day and steamed hard shell crabs new this season. Anna Cabanas drink menu is equally quirky offering se- lections like the Cabana Rita a variation of the margarita the Orange Crush a Cabana Cooler The Speedboat Bac- ardi 151 Malibu Rum and fresh pineapple the Little Dingy Makers Mark and ginger ale a Banana Ca- bana a Barracuda Bull and sangria. Craft beers are offered on tap and vary from month to month. Shock Top and Dev- ils Backbone seem to be in stock regularly as well as the usual domestic fare. Lake Anna Life has visited Anna Cabana several times this year. Weve found the wait staff extremely attentive and enjoyed visiting with the restaurant manager Joe Mes- sett each time. The atmo- sphere is laid back huge fans keep you cool and its great to dine al fresco style. Dont go to the Cabana expecting finery. Do go to enjoy a cornerstone of Lake Anna Life and an amazing sunset meal. When the new addition is built we think it will become a favorite local hangout all year. Hearty eaters will want to try the new Big Bubba Burger. Hot crabs are now available by the dozen. Outdoor Waterside Dining Dock Access For Boaters Open 7 Days AWeekYear Round 200 BoardwalkWay MineralVA 23117 timslakeanna.com 540.894.5011 HOT CRABS Tavern On The Rail 540.872.RAIL Join Us For Fine Food Atmosphere More. Brunch 11-230 Dinner 5-9 Th-Fr-Sat Menu at tavernontherail.weebly.com Reservations Recommended 81 Tavern Rd Mineral VA Want to advertise in Lake Anna Life Times Email lkalifeearthlink.net for information.