Situated between two waterways, Middletown has long been a place for weary travelers to rest their feet––but more importantly, a place to eat and drink. 1861 Restaurant, whose name is inspired by the year the town was founded, strives to embody that same spirit, but without waking the banshees. The welcoming New American cuisine aims to echo the satisfying tavern-stop grub of yesteryear, from the handcrafted pizzas loaded with farm-fresh veggies to hearty main courses and decked-out sandwiches. Likewise, diners can sate their thirst with a huge range of pours from behind the bar, including specialty cocktails, craft beers, and wine.
Within the colorfully decorated walls and adobe tile floors that comprise Los Machados Mexican Restaurant, smells of hearty bistecs and sizzling fajitas fill the air. The appetizing aromas drift from the kitchen, where chefs whip up authentic eats such as carne asada, mole poblano, and an array of fajitas, tacos, and burritos. Margaritas, daiquiris, and tequila sunrises lubricate guests' dining experience, and fried ice cream and flan bring meals to a decadent conclusion.
Don't be fooled by the name: the cooks at Tom Foolery's Restaurant & Bar aren't kidding around with their food. They slather a bulk of their entrees in housemade sauces and condiments, from a jalapeño-topped burger's housemade chipotle mayo to the housemade crab imperial sauce that crowns soft pretzel sticks. Other bar favorites, such as taco salads and Reubens with house-roasted turkey, complement Tom Foolery's cornucopia of draft beers and sports broadcasted on flat-screen TVs throughout the dining room. Besides that night's game, Tom Foolery's hosts live entertainment every week, including trivia, DJs, comedy shows, and water pong.
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
Afternoon tea has been a treasured ritual for the proprietor of British Bell Tea Room since childhood. Her fondest memories of being a little girl include sipping from porcelain teacups, nibbling pastries, and chatting with her English grandmother, whom she affectionately called “mom-mom.” At British Bell Tea Room, she invites visitors to experience the high-tea tradition for themselves in an opulent parlor decorated with chandeliers and golden draperies. Servers present various treats—such as sausage pastries, dainty poppyseed-chicken-salad sandwiches, and scones—on fine china with silver and crystal.
Patrons often stop by the tearoom with friends to share a pot of steeped loose-leaf tea or bring along children for pint-size pots of pink lemonade. Many visitors also find the space relaxing enough to sip tea alone with a good book. There's also an elegant retail shop onsite where patrons can buy take-home loose-leaf teas, teacups, and teapots.
Tandoori Grill's eclectic menu of halal and kosher delicacies guides diners on a journey through authentic Indian flavors. Vegetable samosas ($2.50) and potato-stuffed aloo naan ($2.50) kick off a palatable dinnertime parade of biryanis confettied with spices ($7–$9) and tandoori-grilled kebabs ($7.95–$9.95). Vegetarians can join in games of tabletop basketball previously reserved for meatball-eaters with the malai kofta, savory spheroids of fried vegetables in a rich curry sauce ($8.95). Weekday lunch specials focus on simple, easily scarfed classics, including a chicken kebab in a naan wrap ($4) and mutton curry with rice ($8). Any heated arguments over the last piece of naan can be cooled by a creamy mango lassi ($3).