There are a few things that make this a special restaurant.
1) Location, Location, Location
2) Johnny-Mo, Chef extraordinaire
4) Indoor or outdoor seating by the water
5) Staff - wonderful
and if we are all very lucky Johnny-Mo; Chef, owner & musician will please us with a set or two after dinners are done. He is a very gifted young man. His vocals stylings are almost as scrumptious and eclectic as the dinners he prepares.
Informal, comfortable and friendly this should be on your must do list for Onancock.
Mallards offers up some fun events in addition to the wonderful atmosphere and award winning food. We recently went back for their Dine & Demo: a cooking demonstration, live music and fantastic meal. It was a spectacular evening.
Favorite Dish: I suggest the Mussels or Crab Cakes
by the waters edge.
The very best casual breakfast in the area. Good coffee and a nice selection of breakfast items. A bright and cheery atmosphere, reasonable prices and the quality of food make this a must on your next trip to Onancock.
Lunches are also delicious. They fresh roast their own turkey for your sandwich and you can taste the difference. Very good!
Favorite Dish: Greek Omelet and a good cuppa Joe!
Armandos Restaurant has been a staple in Onancock for a number of years. They now are giving a whole new meaning to movable feast. They are taking their show across the street. A new Irish pub will be opening in the old location.
Armandos prepares unique and delicious dishes. Even the pizza he makes has something special about it.
Favorite Dish: My favorite ( I do hope he has this on the new menu) is the Mussels Marguerit.
His sauces are what sets his fare apart from the pack.
I love this restaurant.
Every single meal here has been delectable. The setting is lovely and the owners refreshing.
Favorite Dish: It's hard to pick a favorite but here goes, Sunday brunch. Truffle Egg Martini: Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Chives, Crème Fraiche and Caviar. This is served with magnificent hot out of the oven mini-muffins. (photo to follow soon)
My second favorite would be their "Small Plate" dinner. This is a once a month (4th friday) price fix dinner of small plates.
This past month July 2010 menu was
Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Peanut BBQ Sauce
Basil Red Potato Salad
Grilled Fish Burrito with Summer Salsa
Eastern Shore Crab Imperial Salad
Spicy Corn on the Cob
Please take a moment to look at their menu. Everything comes in extraordinarily fresh. The veg often picked from their own garden that day. The local blue crab from the wharf.
The Inn and Garden Cafe is a gift to our little town.
This is one of three Mallard's restaurants, and we ate at this one (photo 2), which is on the waterfront in the old Hopkins & Bro. store, twice. On Friday evening (Labor Day weekend), the folks at Mallards were loading all kinds of food on the Capt. Eulice which is the Tangier ferry - it was a wedding reception, and they also had two private parties over there.
There is an outside eating area, but we have enough of being outside on our boat, so we ate inside.
Favorite Dish: When we arrived, we walked over to Mallards from the marina for lunch. I had the chicken salad sandwich (last photo) and Bob had the same except without the sandwich part.
The following evening, we again walked over for dinner. Steamers were on the menu, but we didn't know what kind. They called them 'middlenecks'. So I ordered some to see. They were little squashed oval clamshells about the size of my thumb to the joint with tiny thumbnail sized clams in them. They came with some bread rusks.
Bob had a plain crabcake for dinner, but he forgot to tell them broiled and so of course he got it fried. With it was a little plastic cup of bean salad. I got a lobster roll, which was drippy to eat, with the same little cup of salad and a bag of those organic potato chips. We both had Smith Island blueberry cake for dessert (photo 3). It was very dense cake and sweet.
It was almost 11:00, so we stopped for lunch at Bizzottos, which was a combination art gallery (jewelry, pots etc.).
While we were eating a man and woman with a dog parked out front, leaving the dog in the car, and were rearranging the jewelry display. They provided us with our amusement while we ate
Favorite Dish: Bob had a tuna salad plate which included a big heap of tuna, slices of yellow tomatoes, five large black olives, some canned peaches, thin slices of apple and two of those yellow-green hot peppers (whole). I had a pastrami wrap which had the yellow tomatoes in it, and one of those corkscrew macaroni salads.
We were only in town during lunch so I have not eaten here.
Wednesday - Sunday:
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday - Friday
8:00am - 10:00am
Saturday & Sunday
8:00am - 11:00am
Favorite Dish: The Charlotte Hotel website says the restaurant features the cuisine of Chef Ted Cathey which is prepared using many Eastern Shore products..., the menu changes frequently, often daily. Entrée choices normally include meat, fish, fowl, and a vegetarian selection. Entree prices range from $15 to $35. Everything is house-made, including the ice cream! Our bar is well stocked, and the extensive wine list offers selections from around the world.
We talked to some folks in Crisfield who told us about this place, and that the van would come and pick us up. They are too new to be in the phone book yet, but I called. The Shuckers van came driven by the manager because the guy that drives it wasn't there yet. As we pulled up to the restaurant, it started to rain. It rained buckets, and we had left the hatches open. But we couldn't get back to the boat to fix it, so we went on and had dinner.
Inside there were billiard tables and a large extensive bar which had sections in several rooms. They told us to go into the other room which was where the band (from Philadelphia) would be playing later. After we were seated, two couples of 'old people' came in and also a large family group with the grandmother on oxygen. That made us feel better as everyone had emphasized that Shuckers was 'a redneck bar' and I'm not sure I know what they meant by that.
It was still pouring down rain when we were ready to leave (so I didn't get any pictures of the outside).
It opens at 4 pm seven nights a week.
The band they had that night was Cousin Oliver which they said was from Philadelphia.
Favorite Dish: Bob had the prime rib special with mashed potatoes and green beans which he said was excellent although he could not eat it all. I had the fried fish basket (also a special) with onion rings, and I couldn't eat all of that either. We shared a home-made apple dumpling for dessert which was scrumptious. Much better, really, than my mother's apple dumplings. Moist flaky delicious crust and the apple inside had no pieces of the core in it.
Mallards has 3 locations. Each one is slightly different.
The original MALLARDS is fine dinning in a casual atmosphere located on the outskirts of town. My favorites there are the Bouilliabase, Lamb Chops and horseradish encrusted Salmon.
At the 2nd one MALLARDS CAFE, my favorite is the signature salad with cranberry and nuts. Excellent soups as well.
At the all new MALLARDS AT THE WHARF, located in the Historic Hopkins Bros building thus far my favorite was a vodka & tonic on the wharf. I am confident that I will be able to report a delectable dish or two shortly.
Upon entering (during dinning hours) there is an enchanting shop. The original Hopkins Brothers Store cash register still graces the charming old counters. Your choice of artisan quality local crafts add cultural texture to this antique gem.
Supporting other local enterprise thay also have a selection of the famous gourmet products of BLUE CRAB BAY company. This is where these spicy wonders originated, Onancock Virginia.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish on this occasion was my husband (big smile) pictured her with the bartender/artist.
Please notice the white structure behind the bartender...It is the bridge on a boat. Can't get much closer to the water than this. ;-)
Armando's has officially moved across the street and "The Irish Pub" has opened in their old building.
I haven't eaten there yet myself but while I was taste testing a Black & Tan one of the patrons was enjoying something that looked very interesting. A great bowl of bread with a fragent soup spilling out of it. Homemade crab soup. All reported that it was brimming with crab meat and delicious.
They also offer old time favorites such as Shepherds Pie, Fish % Chips and homemade bread.
I have not eaten here so I don't know whether this is a place to buy food or a place to eat it or both.