We go to the Eastern Shore for the beach and the food. We visit with family and friends. We come back satisfied and exhausted. It’s all good.
Mornings I pick up a latte at The Artful Bean and pastries at Griff’s Bakery and doughnuts at The Fractured Prune. My coffee has a pretty leaf design made with foam. Griff’s sticky buns and chocolate croissants are perfect. And the Fractured Prune doughnuts come in every flavor from creamsicle to chocolate chip to French toast and banana, caramel, and key lime…a multitude of flavors — all hot and dripping and dipped on the spot.
Lunch is a McCabe’s Gourmet Market tuna salad sandwich or hot dogs on the beach at Fenwick Island State Park. I know these dogs are the same ones I buy at the store and plop on the grill, but they taste so much better mixed with a little sand, a Birch beer, and fries. And McCabe’s doesn’t have a second-class sandwich on the menu.
For a sit-down, air-conditioned lunch it’s blackened fish tacos at Off The Hook. These may well be the best fish tacos north of the border!
Dinner? On the porch at Patsy’s — scallops with jasmine rice and red curry coconut sauce; the Cottage Cafe’s super fresh deep-fried oysters are a favorite; and everything at Bluecoast is superb, especially the shrimp and grits with a sunset view of the Salt Pond.
An all-time favorite over the years — Warren’s Station soft shell crabs. We’ve tried soft shells many places and we always come back to this simple, moderately-priced family restaurant where the batter is minimal and the crabs are sweet and crisp.
So, I’m back from the shore and cooking. Chicken. I think I’ve had enough seafood for awhile. Besides, I need to wait long enough to forget just how good it tastes with the sand and the sea and the sunsets at the shore so I won’t be disappointed with dinner at home.