Your One-Stop Guide to Eating Well in Dorchester County During the Pandemic
Updated July 27, 2020
As of June 12, Dorchester County restaurants and bars are allowed to offer indoor service (at 50% capacity, with tables spaced apart, masks worn when not eating, and other safety precautions). Also, in Cambridge, rules have been temporarily loosened to allow restaurants to add additional outdoor seating. Poplar Street in Downtown Cambridge is closed to vehicles (except emergency vehicles) for even more restaurant seating three days a week: Thursdays 3-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am-10pm. Not all restaurants are offering indoor seating at this time. Also, some restaurants continue to offer carry-out.
The listing below includes independent Dorchester County restaurants that are currently open, as well as local food producers serving up everything from tomatoes to crabs and oysters. Delivery service and some errands are offered through the local business Beat the Rush Delivery.
Also, if you want to help, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Feed the Front MES (Maryland’s Eastern Shore). The campaign uses donations to have Dorchester and Talbot County restaurants prepare meals for front-line workers in the COVID-19 crisis. So your donation helps both the restaurants and the front-line workers. Find out more.
If you have any updates to this guide, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the Facebook group What’sCooking, where local restaurants are being invited to post their daily menus.
Donuts, breads, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Open Mon-Sat 7am-1pm, in store and drive-through. They’re also accepting cake orders.
Pizza, strombolis, more. Carryout; 410-901-3394; Ooutdoor seating available. Menu on their Facebook page.
Open with indoor and outdoor dining. 410-221-7888; menu on Facebook page. Some Wednesday evenings feature open mic night.
Indoor dining with full menu. Outdoor seating available only for limited menu items. Reserve at 410-221-8082. More details on their Facebook page.
Offering indoor dining. Open for breakfast and lunch; Mon-Sat, 6am-2pm. See menu and specials on their Facebook page.
Open both inside and outside (in the alley behind the wine bar) with adult beverages and light fare menu. Often there’s live music on weekends; check their social media for the latest. You can even BYOF (Bring Your Own Carry-Out Food) from a downtown restaurant and enjoy their outdoor seating. Also, sangria and wine slushes available for carryout.
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Serving pizza, wings, burgers, subs, and more. 100% fresh homemade dough. See menu on Facebook page. Located in Secretary.
Open with breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, more. Carry-out. Check their Facebook page for daily specials.
Open with fresh, frozen, and prepared local food, including local corn. Shop inside or, on Thursdays only, use curbside pickup (available at 3 locations in area) or delivery. Order online. Outdoor dining available under their big tent. U-Pick opportunities change with the season. Open daily, 9am-5pm.
Inside market is open with produce, local honey, free-range eggs, and more. Drive-through also available; call 442-521-5298. Open Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Located in Vienna.
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Extensive remodeling just completed. Offering indoor and outdoor dining as well as drive-through and delivery. Open Tues-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 8am-8pm. Offering full, beer, wine, and liquor, including on-site and off-site carry-out alcohol. Offering outdoor dining. See the menu on their Facebook page. 443-382-0257.
Beef and pork, chicken, and speciality sausages; check Facebook page for latest. Located in Rhodesdale.
Their Waddell’s Corner Farm Market is open. Get your produce and plants/flower direct from the grower. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm.
Cafe closed until further notice. Offering carryout service inside and call-ahead curbside delivery outside; 410-397-3123. Store is open with food/supplies. Open Mon-Sat 5am-7pm, Sun 8am-7pm.
Offering full-service indoor and outdoor dining. Multiple outdoor choices include dog-friendly (complete with dog menu) and separate smoking section. Reserve your spot at jimmieandsooks.com. Also offering curbside service at back entrance off Gay Street; order online at jimmieandsooks.com. Open Thurs, 11:30am-8:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-9:30pm.
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Open 9am-1pm with pasteurized crab meat and fresh crab. Order at 410-228-1661.
Indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitting). See new menu on their Facebook page (click on Menu tab). Open Wed-Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-2am; Sun 12-8pm. 410-943-3624.
Katie’s at the
Offering indoor dining and limited outdoor seating. Also offering carry-out; call 410-901-8844. Open Thurs-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 8-11am.
Open with lots of sales on seafood; Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-3pm. 410-228-2300.
Open for to-go orders. Open with outside seating, or you can bring your own seating. For full details on safety precautions, see the Facebook Live video on their Facebook page. Order online at laytonschance.com or at 410-228-1205. They’ll also ship. Weekend hours are back to normal: Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
Indoor dining and outdoor dining under their 20’ x 40’ tent rain or shine at the restaurant on Glasgow Street in Cambridge. Live music every Saturday evening under the tent for the summer. Open Wed-Thurs, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm. There are also two food trucks; check their social media for the latest locations. Also offering an “Express” location at 201 Jackson St. in Hurlock.
Open with crabs, oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp; order at 410-228-5032. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm.
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Open for carry-out. Enter on Poplar Street side. Outdoor seating available.
Mom & Pop’s Family
Offering inside dining, take-out and delivery; 410-943-0222. Open Sun-Wed 8am-2pm, Thurs-Sat 8am-8pm.
Indoor dining and carry-out. Reserve at 410-228 3052. Outdoor seating available.
Open for curbside pick-up. Menu on their Facebook page. Order at 443-477-6276. Outdoor seating also available. Open Wed-Thurs 12-9pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-12am.
Take-out; 443-477-6291. Offering dinners to go from 5:30-8pm, Tues-Fri. See Facebook page for each day’s menu. Soups, hot dogs, hamburgers also available. Quantities will be limited. Call to pre-order: 443-477-6291. Pay what you want. The base cost is usually $8 per meal.
Offering indoor dining by reservation only; call 410-221-5111. Also offering outdoor dining and carry-out. Menu changes each week; see Facebook page. Open Thurs 4-8pm, Fri-Sun 12-8pm. They often have live music on weekends.
Eat in, carry out, curbside pick-up and business delivery; 410-901-1212. Beer, wine, mixed drinks also available. Outdoor seating available. Open Mon-Fri, 10:30am-4pm. At Choptank Bowling Alley.
Open for carry-out and delivery; call 410-221-8585.
Offering indoor dining and carry-out; 410-228-7808; menu at plazatapatia.com. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-10pm; Sun 12pm-9:pm.
Store usually open on weekends with beef, lamb, pork, eggs. Check the Facebook page for the latest.
Porter Soul Food
Open for take-out and drive-thru. See menu on their Facebook page. Order at 443-225-5175. Open Wed-Sat 11am-7pm.
Produce, meats, paper products, cleaning supplies, etc. As of July 17, no walk-up service and no customers allowed in the shop. Limited curbside orders; call 410-228-4313.
Soft & Salty
Hard crabs, peelers, crab meat, crab cakes, shrimp, and hot and cold prepared foods. Plus homemade ice cream and milkshakes. Call 410-476-3069.
Full-service indoor and outdoor dining (with waterviews) as well as carry-out. Open Tues-Thurs 4-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-9pm, Call 410-943-4689 to order carry-out; menu on Facebook page.
Open Fri-Sun. Delivery available; call 410-397-3275. (Campground itself is closed.)
Vienna Farmers Market
Market is scheduled from 3 to 6pm on Fridays starting on July 10. The market is located next to the Nanticoke Inn, 113 Ocean Gateway.
Inside and outside dining, carry-out, curbside, and delivery. 410-943-1351. Open 6:30am-1:30pm.