Travel Beach Guide

Where to eat on the way to the beach

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Planning pit stops along the way to beach can make the journey as enjoyable as the destination. Whether you’re driving north to the Jersey Shore, south to Myrtle Beach or any sandy spot in between, there are plenty of hidden lunch spots along the Interstate-95 corridor that one-up rest stop snacks. From barbecue joints and delis to crab houses and cafes, the restaurants that follow are some best bets for casual — but tasty — eats on the way.
1
Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront

720 Justinson St., Wilmington, Del.
302-652-3474
bigfishriverfront.com
Directions

Overlooking the Christina River just off Interstate-95, Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront offers an expansive seafood menu including soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.

2
Picnic

3131 Walnut St., Philadelphia
215-222-1608
picniceats.com
Directions

Picnic serves prepared foods and to-go items from the ground floor of the Left Bank Apartment Building in University City. The café also sells vintage picnic baskets customers can fill with foods, perhaps for a beach picnic later in the day.

3
Woody’s Crab House

29 S. Main St., North East
410-287-3541
woodyscrabhouse.com
Directions

At the head of the North East River, Woody’s offers crab cake sandwiches, shrimp salad, fish and chips and more seafood for lunch and dinner.

4
Smyrna Diner

99 S. Cory Lane, Smyrna, Del.
302-653-9980
smyrnadiner.net
Directions

Smyrna Diner outside of Dover, Del., offers breakfast buffets on weekend and holidays, Friday night buffet dinners, and traditional diner fare like sandwiches, wraps and salads.

5
The BBQ Joint

216 E. Dover St. #201, Easton
410-690-3641
andrewevansbbqjoint.com
Directions

The BBQ Joint serves up barbecue platters, pulled pork sandwiches, Texas cheese steaks and plenty of slow-smoked meats in a casual atmosphere.

6
Specific Gravity Pizzeria & Beer Joint

105 E. College Ave., Salisbury
443-859-8412
specificgravitypizza.com
Directions

Specific Gravity dishes out specialty pizzas, finger foods and salads near Salisbury University, with beer growlers available for take-out.

7
Charlie & Grace European Market Cafe

1002 Sophia St., Fredericksburg, Va.
540-361-1002
charlieandgraceva.com
Directions

A European-style café, Charlie & Grace serves French and Creole fusion dishes from an open kitchen with a menu that changes daily.

8
Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

111 E. Grace St., Richmond, Va.
804-332-6434
facebook.com/perlysrichmond
Directions

A Jewish deli with creative twists, Perly’s serves up fresh bagels from New York, matzo ball soup and other classic fare in a retro atmosphere.

9
The Cheese Shop

410 Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, Va.
757-220-0298
cheeseshopwilliamsburg.com
Directions

In addition to hand-crafted cheese and charcuterie, the Cheese Shop in historic Williamsburg also offers sandwiches, salads, specialty foods, beer and wine.

10
Midtown Eats

880 J Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, Va.
757-223-5025
facebook.com/midtowneatsnn
Directions

Tucked away in the Newport Square strip mall, Midtown Eats is open for breakfast and lunch. The menu centers on American fare and rotates daily.

11
My Mama’s Kitchen

7943 Shore Drive, Norfolk, Va.
757-233-0433
facebook.com/MyMamasKitchen
Directions

Soul food reigns at My Mama’s Kitchen, where specialties include po boy sandwiches, cat fish fillets, wings and baby back ribs.

12
Parker’s BBQ

2514 US-301, Wilson, N.C.
252-237-0972
Directions

Parker’s BBQ serves North Carolina barbecue family-style in a no-frills environment.

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