Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch - DE/MD/VA on DE Rt 1/ 113/ 13
Heading from Philly down to Edenton, NC (northeastern shore of NC) for a long weekend in a few weeks. Seen some pretty good recommendations on ChowHound for eats in North Carolina and this post http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/726486 on dinners/BBQ along Eastern Shore of Virginia.
BUT - we're going to be in the car mostly in Delaware, briefly in MD, and then Virginia. Need only breakfast/brunch and lunch places. We can shift our timing and our route slightly (1 instead of 13 or 113 instead of one or the other) for the right food, but won't stray too much from those routes. On this trip, not looking to detour an additional 30 minutes for breakfast/lunch.
Search hasn't revealed much along that corridor. Am I stuck with Waffle House? Since I can't fully control where/when we'll be along the route, can you also indicate if a place is good/fine for eats, and if something is epic/worth a detour. I may have some influence over the trip since I'm the one driving!
Unfortunately, there are a lot of small towns along that route that don't offer too much. I'd suggest looking at the Rehobeth Beach / Bethany Beach Del area, the Ocean City, MD area, or the Salisbury, MD area. These would probably be the three most promising towns / areas to look into along that route. Good luck.
We do that drive annually. Over the years, I have found only one 'hound worthy stop along the entire way. And I have looked hard for others. The Great Machipongo Clam Shack (It's mentioned in your link). The drive through Delaware and Maryland doesn't take very long - I'm pretty sure you'll be glad you waited rather than stopping for what passes for food along much of that peninsula.
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Okay - thanks for the advice. If I'm looking for breakfast, seems like I should eat in Philly before we get underway, then high-tail it for Virginia or the Clam Shack. I'll let you know in a few weeks how we make out. Might just have to be a Waffle House if we can't make it all the way without food. Wife is pregnant + food requirements every few hours, so I think we'll have to stop. Thanks!
You did mention breakfast before so I didn't think of this, but if you are going for other fare, then I have a few recommendations. All the way down the Delmarva peninsula, there are lots of seafood places in the small towns on the water. You'll have to go off of Rt. 13 a little ways to get to these towns, but it will usually be good seafood.
In Maryland, there is a town called Crisfield located on the Chesdapeake Bay. It was the crab capitol of the world in its hayday, and there are several good seafood restaurants in town. Waterman's Inn and Captain's Galley are the two that I can think of, but there are a few others.
In Virginia, there are two towns on the ocean side: Chincoteague and Wachapreague. Both will have good choices for seafood. Chincoteague is famous for the "pony penning," and Wachapreague is a fishing village.
The Clam Shack and Tammy and Johnny's mentioned before are good.
foodjack - yeah, thanks. It'll be on the early side of the day when passing through, so I think we'll be breakfasting/brunch rather than seafood at that point in the day, but if we end up later in the day (if plans go completely FUBAR), then thanks for the seafood options. Seems like if we need seafood/BBQ or can at least make it to VA - we'll be okay!