How to Eat Your Way Through Cape Charles

There are so many different ways to explore Cape Charles — and one of our favorites is driven by the tastebuds.

This small town offers an impressively robust culinary landscape, with unique flavors that you’ll find only on our little slice of the Eastern Shore. Stick with us, and we’ll show you how to get to know Cape Charles through some of its most delectable food.

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Start the Day with Something Sweet. A busy day at the beach requires proper fuel, so treat yourself to an indulgent pastry from one of our bakeries — or sit down to a full breakfast. The Bakery on Mason and Coastal Baking Co. have been known to see lines out the door as happy customers wait patiently to get their fix of scones, sticky buns, and muffins.

For a sit-down experience, grab a seat on the patio at the Cape Charles Coffee House for pancakes and prime people-watching, or head to Rayfield’s Pharmacy for a budget-friendly breakfast with the locals. Don’t miss out on the latest addition to the Cape Charles breakfast and lunch scene – The Northampton Hotel – offering homemade specialties on the porch or inside!

Don’t Skimp on Lunch. Mid-day is a great time to enjoy the shady picnic tables (and beer selection) at Cape Charles Brewing Co. — their clam chowder is award-winning for a reason and their burgers are some of the best in town. Stop by Kelly’s Gingernut Pub for classic Irish cuisine in a cozy setting, or return to any of our recommended breakfast spots for equally enjoyable lunchtime fare.

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A Dinner to Remember. For authentic Italian cuisine and a romantic vibe, visit Ambrogia Caffe & Enoteca. Or wrap up your day with a view of the water — The Shanty, Hook @ Harvey, and The Oyster Farm Seafood Eatery are all waterfront spots known for their fresh seafood and sunset views. Or order some Deadrise Pies to-go and take your pizza party right to the beach!

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