Home to miles of protected forests and swamps, Chesapeake is an area of natural beauty. Since the 1990s, it has become a popular tourist destination too, and as a result, the culinary scene has expanded. We explore the top 10 eats here.
Ang’s Sushi Bistro
Hailed as one of the best places for the freshest seafood in Chesapeake, by critics and locals alike, is Ang’s Sushi Bistro. Must try dishes include their eggplant misoyaki, white tuna with shitake, sushi burgers, Asian salads and noodles. The menu is a mix of traditional Asian food with modern and innovative twists.
Bad Habits Wing and Oyster Bar
Recently relocated is the Bad Habits Wing and Oyster Bar on Mount Pleasant Road. Now serving breakfast too, the Bad Habits Wing and Oyster Bar might be small in size, but is full of personality and exudes a great atmosphere. Steamed oysters and wings are not the only items on the menu, as this charming diner also serves burgers, sandwiches and brunch dishes.
Court House Café
A household name since 1985, the Court House Café has dedicated itself to bringing diners the highest quality beef and seafood dishes in all of Chesapeake. Their menu features award-winning Southern style dishes such as their finger-licking prime ribs and their hearty she-crab soup.
Bringing the flavours of Jamaica and the South is the Cutlass Grille. Family owned and run, the Cutlass Grille has a sumptuous menu of finger-licking comfort eats, from authentic Jerk chicken and port, to smoked brisket, curried goat and award-winning ribs. There is also a wide variety of fried fish dishes too, such as whiting, tilapia and jumbo shrimp.
The Cutting Edge Café
The Cutting Edge Café expanded to serve dinner dishes due to rapid popularity. Their artisanal bread is baked in-house daily to guarantee freshness. Other ingredients used in their dishes are also sourced locally from farms and markets whenever possible. With this emphasis on fresh and healthy food, diners will also be pleased to find a number of vegetarian options on the menu.
The Grill at Great Bridge
The Grill at Great Bridge is a small but charming American diner that has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades. Beef is provided by a local butcher, as well as a number of other ingredients, to create their famous sandwiches and burgers. With outstanding customer service, visitors to The Grill at Great Bridge will not leave disappointed.
Serving ethically produced and healthy fare with an Asian twist in Chesapeake is the Lemongrass Grille. They also source their other ingredients from local farmers and use organic vegetables where possible. The décor is fresh and calming, with textured walls and a green and plum colour scheme. Diners can also build their own dishes to their own tastes, with the base of each dish being rice, noodles or a tossed green salad.
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant
The Pirate’s Cove Restaurant specialises in traditional and authentic American cuisine. Part of the Chesapeake culinary scene for the last ten years, the Pirate’s Cove Restaurant has strived to become a welcoming, homely and relaxing dining experience, both through their friendly service and also through their simple yet flavourful menu.
Bergeys Breadbasket and More
Baking and creating fresh food has been a family tradition for the Bergey family for over 75 years, and they have continuously dedicated themselves to bringing customers fresh food straight from the farm to the plate. The current rendition of the Bergey’s dream is Bergeys Breadbasket and More, which opened in Chesapeake in 2006. Combining a bakery, deli and creamery, popular favourites and must-trys include their famous cinnamon rolls, cream cheese Danishes and their pies bursting with fruity fillings.
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