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The place to Eat, Drink, and Keep

Hen tikka kebabs.
{Photograph} courtesy of Bombay Social.

Although it’s typically missed in favor of quaint St. Michaels (roughly half-hour north), the Seventeenth-century port city of Cambridge, alongside the Choptank River, is wealthy in historical past and character—and has a scene melding Jap Shore traditions with a brand new technology of brewers, mixologists, and cooks.

Guests—and their pups—can begin the day at Black Water Bakery (429 Race St.). The intense cafe is huge on Chesapeake taste, with domestically roasted espresso, crab-stuffed omelets, and Outdated Bay–spiked Bloody Marys. (Our canine beloved the egg-and-bacon bowl with home made biscuits.) One other favourite: Cindy’s Kitchen (3127 Aireys Spur Rd.), a normal retailer turned diner the place a dry-erase-board menu yields such tasty finds as biscuits and gravy or fried catfish. Additionally simply outdoors downtown, newcomer Taqueria Floritas (1721 Race St.) opens early for huevos rancheros and breakfast burritos—and serves glorious street-style tacos and sopes.

{Photograph} courtesy of Black Water Bakery.

Lunch-seekers can gas up at Porter Soul Meals (309 Sunburst Hwy.), a uncommon Black-owned Jap Shore restaurant. The diner-style house—and drive-through window—dishes up trays of smothered pork chops and fried seafood.

Within the late 1900s, Cambridge buzzed as a hub for seafood canning and processing. You possibly can nonetheless choose up packs of crab on the choosing home J.M. Clayton (108 Commerce St.), a fixture since 1890—although greatest to name in orders forward. It sits subsequent to the waterfront tiki-dive Snappers (112 Commerce St.)— cease for plastic-cup cocktails and crab dip.

See how Cambridge’s well-known “Choptank Sweets” are grown at Choptank Oyster Firm’s sustainable farm (6035 Fortress Haven Rd.), a 15-minute drive out of city. Choose up a field of oysters—or simply some cool merch—on the pier. Need to crack crabs? Ocean Odyssey (316 Sunburst Hwy.), a roadside seafood shack and beer backyard, is a go-to for steamed seafood and hushpuppies.

Lil’ Bitta Bull’s brisket. {Photograph} courtesy of Lil’ Bitta Bull BBQ.

It’s simple to spend time bar-and-restaurant-hopping downtown. Begin at RaR Brewing’s three-in-one advanced (504 Poplar St.). There’s a taproom with a dozen drafts; the loungy LabRaRtory, the place barkeeps experiment with seasonal cocktails; and Chessie Burger, which dishes up smash burgers and boozy snow cones with a aspect of ’80s vibes. You can even refill on meaty eats comparable to sticky burnt ends and jalapeño-cheddar beer sausage on the new Lil’ Bitta Bull BBQ (520 Race St.) down the highway.

Extra into wine? The ladies-owned Classic 414 (414 Race St.)—a wine bar/market—pours crowd-pleasing French rosés alongside surprises comparable to Hungarian Pinot Blanc, plus tasty cheese boards. For cocktails, speakeasy-like Blue Destroy (400 Race St.) is a should. The one factor higher than the whimsical drinks—say, blue-cheese-and-beet vodka martinis—is the reside music on weekends.

In case you’re having just one sit-down meal in Cambridge, head to Bombay Social (413 Muir St.). Chef Paul Gomes, a 40-year business veteran, seems stellar Indo-Chinese language dishes, aromatic curries, and tender tandoori lamb chops. Gomes’s son, Romeo, mixes terrific Indian-accented cocktails comparable to a rum-spiked mango lassi.

Issues to Do

{Photograph} of exhibit courtesy of Harriet Tubman Customer Middle.

Hen lovers flock to Blackwater Nationwide Wildlife Refuge (customer middle at 2145 Key Wallace Dr.), 12 miles south of Cambridge. The 32,000-plus-acre reserve—a mixture of forest, marsh, and shallow waterways—is a key cease for migratory water­fowl on the so-called Atlantic Flyway. Close by, the Harriet Tubman Customer Middle (4068 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek) affords multimedia displays close to the place Tubman was born and led enslaved individuals to freedom. It’s considered one of 30 websites alongside the Tubman Byway, a scenic, self-guided driving tour.

Icons by Connie Zheng.
This text seems within the Could 2022 challenge of Washingtonian.

Meals Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the eating and ingesting scene in her native DC. Previous to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia College’s MFA program in New York, and held varied cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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