The Chesapeake Inn is a place for everyone. The Dining Room is great for a nice dinner with family, friends or that special person in your life. The Deck is that fun place with live entertainment, frozen drinks and watching the boats come and go. The Ballroom is great for weddings or special events. 410-885-2040 tel
The cooks at Seafood Shack stock their menu with grilled, beer-battered, and fried fish and crustaceans. They fill bowls of soup with Maryland crab, envelop tuna po’ boys in fresh rolls, and fill peacemaker sandwiches with a blend crab cakes, oysters, and shrimp. In addition to pouring wines and domestic and imported beers, they whip up martinis and housemade sangria to complement meals.
Seafood Shack hosts karaoke nights and live music throughout the week in the dining room, which the proprietors decorated with mermaid ephemera such as figurines, posters, and rare autographed headshots of Triton taken during his brief acting stint in the ‘70s. An onsite gift shop stocks postcards, baseball caps, beer cozies, and other souvenirs.
Matt Crist, the new executive chef of Union City Grille, crafts lunches and signature dinners of handmade pastas, rich short-rib chili, and steaks seasoned with a house rub. An updated list of hand-selected wines and over 70 craft beers augment dishes that include hand-turned ricotta gnocchi and gourmet burgers. Guests can enjoy fare in the comfortable dining area, or in the eatery's cozy banquet room, accented with a modern fireplace. Sunday "choose your cut" fillet specials allow guests to feast on steaks discounted by the ounce, or pretend they are directing a film starring steaks.
In Vallé Cucina’s kitchen, chefs form fresh jumbo lump crabmeat into thick patties, pan-sear them to a golden-brown hue, and drizzle their crispy crusts with beurre blanc. The eatery’s crab cakes have been hailed by Delaware Today as the city’s best for several years running. Vallé Cucina’s classic Italian entrees are held to the same high standard: chefs hand-roll gnocchi and drizzle them with slow-simmered tomato sauce, and accent dry-aged steaks with elegant flourishes such as peppercorn brandy cream sauce and blue cheese. Servers recommend selections from Vallé Cucina’s vast wine list to enhance steaks or Trevi Fountain reproductions.
Oceanside Seafood's menu brims with aquatic delights that are prepared fresh daily. Kick off an eating excursion with spicy buffalo shrimp ($9.95) before diving fork-first into a Charlie tuna salad—rare ahi tuna with Asian dressing and a confidential surname ($14.95). Plates of linguini or penne host swim meets for seafaring selections such as mussels ($10.95–$14.95) or lobster tail ($24.95), which can don team suits of red, alfredo, or garlic white sauce. Challenge the swordfish ($18.95) to a duel, or dine on honey-dipped chicken ($12.95) for a fish-free feeding frenzy. Midday meal seekers can nosh on seafood beer battered and served with lime crema, such as the fish tacos ($10.95). Parched pouts can cap off bites with brought-from-home beer, wine, or melted ice free of a corking fee.
Drawing on his culinary background working in East Coast bistros and stately hotel kitchens, Mile High Steak & Seafood’s Executive Chef David Robinson crafts a rotating menu of upscale steakhouse cuisine. Robinson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, refuses to cut corners with his ingredients, going so far as to fly in fresh seafood and grass skirts overnight from the Honolulu Fish Company. He only chooses aged certified Angus beef for his steak-centric entrees, and he revs up traditional sandwiches and appetizers on the bar menu with high-end items such as shaved prime rib, artisan cheeses, and lobster. These gourmet bites pair palatably one of the bar’s signature cocktails or glasses of wine.
Even in his down time, Robinson keeps his culinary skills sharp, coordinating charity events for the Chester County SPCA and the Brandywine Hospital Strawberry Festival. But even with his busy schedule and impressive resumé, he’s still thankful for landing his “dream job” at Mile High Steak & Seafood.