The rustic, lodge-inspired Buck Tavern fills palates with selections from a hearty menu of chicken, pork, and seafood meals. Like John Adams when he visited France for the first time, the slow-roasted Cajun pork tenderloin ($19.95) arrives bedecked with bleu cheese and crabmeat, and the south philly pork sandwich ($7.50) dances gingerly with a team of broccoli rabe and provolone. Mouths that favor marine life can plunge into locally caught flounder ($18.95) or attempt to tackle the admiral, a fried cavalcade of crab cake, scallops, flounder, shrimp, deviled clam, and oysters ($29.95). The dining room exudes rustic charm, replete with a buck head adorning the wood paneled walls and a stone fireplace in which visitors can burn still-disappointing report cards. The tavern serves savory feasts Wednesday–Sunday from 4 p.m. until closing.
Salty breezes conjured from the North Atlantic can be a golfer’s worst enemy when traversing Avalon Golf Club. But for players who factor it into their swings, the breeze can help as much as it hinders as the course follows a path of narrow rye-grass fairways designed by Bob Hendricks in 1971. Hendricks incorporated eight natural lakes into the course’s layout, summoning the strategically timed squawks of gulls, hawks, and occasional bald eagles that soar overhead. Players looking to smooth out their swings can enlist the professional guidance of the club's resident PGA professionals, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones, during lessons and clinics.
After rounds, golfers can lounge on Avalon Links Restaurant’s patio, which overlooks the 18th green. After refueling on sandwiches or fresh seafood, club-goers can discreetly drive their carts into the sprawling pro shop for apparel and gear from Ashworth, Life Is Good, and Titleist.
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It's not uncommon for a restaurant to use superlatives in their marketing, but when Cattle 'n Clover lays claim to making the world's largest shepherd's pie, they can back it up with an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2012, the Irish steakhouse crafted a homemade shepherd's pie that tipped the scales at nearly 1,800 lbs. Their other traditional Irish eats––slow-cooked corned beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and pan-roasted rack of lamb––are bite-sized by comparison.
Each of Cattle 'n Clover's steaks is cut in-house. Diners can sink their teeth into a tobacco-topped New York strip steak rubbed with cinnamon and cocoa, or savor a buttery 10 oz. hanger steak. Corned beef and cabbage spring rolls, and apple brandy-glazed mahi mahi round out the inventive selections.
The founders of Primo Hoagies chose the name “Primo” because it means “first” in Italian, and they felt it represented their allegiance to high-quality ingredients and tasty hoagies. They did an exemplary job of corroborating this choice, and customers took notice; so much so, in fact, that in the years since opening their flagship Philadelphia location, they’ve been able to franchise more than 20 stores. At each one, sandwich makers stay in line with the company’s original mission, piling rolls and wraps high with slices of prosciutto, hot soppressata, fresh mozzarella, chicken cutlets, meatballs, and pepper ham. They also construct low-sodium and low-fat sandwiches, as well as vegetarian creations for anyone who wants to save the meat trees.
At Sunrise Cafe, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Each morning, chefs crack eggs and whip up batter before preparing omelets, fluffy pancakes, and belgian waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. They also create signature breakfast dishes such as spicy chipped beef served with home fries and white, wheat, or rye toast. The eatery also includes lunch on the menu, preparing italian hoagies, half-pound burgers, salads, and bowls of housemade soup.
Located on Maryland’s eastern shore, Ocean City draws crowds to its wooden 2.5-mile long boardwalk, named on a list of the "10 great places to have some fun on a boardwalk" by USA Today. There, local fisheries bring in fresh scallops, lobster, and crab, and candy shops craft creamy fudge and molasses taffy. Kids can ride the ferris wheel and play the antique clown-head water-balloon race game at Trimper's Amusement Park, which has brightened the coastline for more than 100 years. Escape the crowds at Assateague Island Natural Seashore, a 37-mile stretch that runs from Ocean City down into Virginia. There, salt marshes and seaside forests create a scenic setting for bird watching and hiking. Since horseback riding is not permitted on the island from May 15 to October 8, the early spring is the most opportune time to see the beach from the saddle of a horse or a mobile mechanical bull.