One of the questions we get asked the most while in our Cape Charles shop is "where is a good place to eat around here?". We all have our favorite suggestions and go-to lunch spots, so we decided to compile it all here into a list of the best food around.
We'll start with a place a bit north of Cape Charles, about 15 minutes up the road, but well worth the drive. The Machipongo Trading Company is a SEE Staff favorite for lunch. Their chicken salad panini is like a gift from the gods during a long day at work. Get it with their Route 11 sweet potato chips and an iced latte for an even better treat! They have about a dozen wrap and sandwich offerings plus breakfast in the mornings, and a wide assortment of coffee, specialty drinks, and smoothies.
For in-town eating, check out the Cape Charles Coffee House for breakfast and lunch, and of course delicious coffee. The coffee house is right on Mason Ave, just look for the green awning. My favorite drink there is a dirty chai, which is a chai latte with a shot of espresso (two shots if you order a large!). Their breakfast menu is a good mix of sweet an savory, with a classic bacon, eggs, and toast, or a belgian waffle with fresh fruit and whipped cream, along with several other dishes and some breakfast sandwiches. Lunch is a classic cafe menu done to perfection, with salads, soups, and sandwiches.
The Shanty is also right in town, on the Cape Charles Harbor. Along with stunning sunset and water views, they have a delicious menu of seafood and some "pub food", plus an extensive bar menu, not to mention the best french fries in town. Try the fried avocado tacos. You won't regret it. They have live music on the weekends, and friendly locals 7 days a week.
If you are looking for something a bit fancier, head to The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery at Kings Creek Marina. This is a great place to go with large groups as well, they have many large corner booths and large dining tables. Their menu is mostly seafood, all fresh and mostly local. Everything I've ever tried there is delicious, but I have a soft spot for the lobster mac n cheese, and of course the entire desert menu (oreo cheesecake, anyone?). This restaurant is very versatile, great for a big family outing, or for a romantic dinner for two. They are right on the water, and you can watch the sunset from nearly every table in the house.
Our friends at Chatham Vineyards sell T-Shirts that say "Eastern Shore of Virginia: You've Got to Taste This Place" and we couldn't agree more. All of the restaurants here showcase local foods, from farm fresh tomatoes, to the catch of the day, all done with an Eastern Shore Flair. Let us know what places are your favorites!