Eatting along East Coast
I'm in early planning mood. If I wish to plan a trip over the summer with focus on food (kind of like Alton Brown's feasting road show), focus on the east coast. I'll start at VA, can go either north or south. Where are some can't miss places?
I don't think there's such a thing as a can't-fail place, and I strongly believe that one misses the most wonderful experiences by seeking the most assured and pre-approved ones, but the crux is this: deliciousness is everywhere.
So it doesn't matter where you go. I just spent over two months just meandering around, and found exceptional deliciousness just about everywhere (http://www.chow.com/tour). So go wherever's cheap, or the weather is nice, or you have friends, or a good hotel deal. And work from there. If you don't want to do your own chowconnaisance, ask on the Chowhound message boards for tips. But it just really doesn't matter. Go anywhere. Human beings are doing amazing things wherever you go, if you're willing to look deeply for the hold-outs who seek more than maximal profit from minimal effort.
If you go north from VA, don't miss Domaine Hudson wine bar and eatery in Wilmington, DE (I-95, RT 52S exit). Google them to see their online menu and wine list. It's one of the best restaurants on the East Coast.