Salisbury, MD: Seeking a Haven in the area
intimate dinner — 213 (fruitland)
best pizza — ponzetti's (route 13 north), lombardi's (route 50 east) or la roma (route 13, close to downtown)
crab house — the red roost, if you feel like driving out into the sticks. if not then the old mill.
fun bar — breaktime, great slates if you're in cambridge, peaky's if you're in princess anne, want to see linda hamilton (yeah she goes there) and get some good fried chicken
bar food/ribs/steaks/wings — adam's (fruitland)
sushi — shogun by bennett high school
Some personal favorites that I've found over the past two years of living here (excuse the relative grouping of location, I'm one of the handful of people who live in Salisbury's barren downtown)
Best date restaurant: Market Street Inn (downtown Salisbury) - also great for drinks with its extensive martini list OR Sobo's Bistro (College Ave.), which also has good martinis and a nice wine list
Best sushi: Sushi de Kanpai, downtown plaza. Hunan Palace (Route 13) also has great sushi and good chinese food.
Best Italian: Flavors Italian Grill, West Main St. - also a good hangout place in the bar with its $2 Peronis (Italian beer). I always get a calzone here, and it's HUGE.
Best breakfast: Sage Diner (Route 13) or drive up to Georgetown for breakfast at Tavern on the Circle
Best crabs: Old Mill (One in Delmar, Del, and a new one in Ocean City) - though I've heard great things about Red Roost, never been there
The most fun bar depends on the season. During the summer, take a ride out to Seacrets in Ocean City, day or not - it's a sight to be seen. In Salisbury itself, it kind of depends on your age. I'm in my mid-20s and spend a lot of time at Brew River, but it's really populated with college kids.
There are A LOT more locally owned restaurants in Ocean City, Fenwick, Bethany, Rehoboth and if you're a foodie, I suggest spending time out in those places - especially Rehoboth, which is about an hour away.
Four of us recently ate at both the Market Street Inn and and Sobo's Wine Bistro, both in Salisbury. The Market Street Inn is much more informal and has a nice location on a river, but we found the food there good but not outstanding. Sobo's Wine Bistro, on the other hand, is a more urban-style place, and the food there was really excellent. My favorite thing there was the fried risotto cake appetizer.
Market Street Inn
130 W Market St, Salisbury, MD 21801
Sobo's Wine Bistro
1015 Eastern Shore Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
The best restaurants I've been to in Salisbury are Cactus Taverna, Restaurant 213 (intimate dinner), Hunan Palace & Sushi Kanpai (best sushi), Vinnys LaRoma (best Italian), Back Street Grill (my fave local spot - best steak sandwich ever), Plaza Tapatia (good Mexican, but typical), Shalimar (better of the 2 Indian restaurants), Adams Rib (good bbq, good crabcakes). Brew River is probably the best bar, don't bother with the food there. Market Street Inn is popular, but IMHO the food is overpriced and not that good. The best seafood spot is Old Mill Crabhouse in Delmar, only a few minutes from Salisbury. The best pizza is Delmar Pizza, also in Delmar.
I've heard that Shalimar has closed its restaurant and expended its little Indian grocery into the restaurant space. True? That's disappointing if true, but I can understand how they probably did not get enough business.
It's been a while since I tried Namaste but I guess that's the only remaining Indian place around? Anybody tried it lately? I read a review somewhere which suggested that it's still very good. I think it's very odd that they relocated a few years ago and now they're inside an... America's Best Value Inn?!?
I heard there was a safety concern for Shalimar relating to something like the size of the restaurant or kitchen. I only had the chance to go there once.
Namaste is actually very close to Shalimar now. I think the owner might also own the hotel. Last time I went was a few months ago but it was good then. I heard there was a fire there recently.
Bless your hearts! Thank you.
To think that I can get a good martini and sushi, when my folks are telling me nothing is here! I knew that couldn't be true--they just don't go out.
Now I can really look forward to my move with enthusiasm!
I know that this area has the best crab (and etc) anywhere, but you've just delighted me with $2 Peroni's too and great Italian referrals!
Okay, this is an aside, but might as well ask: Since I'm such a yummy foodie, you know I'm going to need a great place to work it off. With Salisbury as my central spot, any nice health clubs around... you know, with steam rooms?
I can't comment on health clubs, but the city park is great for walking & jogging. Check out the farmer's market downtown, Saturdays & Wednesdays. The Crisfield seafood guy is always there with the catch of the day - shrimp, soft shell crabs, fish. I second KJC5032's suggestion to visit Rehobeth Beach and Ocean City.