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Exmore Diner

4264 Main St., Exmore, VA - (757) 442-2313
Posted By Catherine Bond on 11/27/2012 10:27:00 AM
After reading Michael Stern's review of the Exmore Diner from October, I had to add the story of our visit several years back (long enough ago that people were still smoking in there). I remember seeing on the specials list "Swelling Toads." Well I had to ask: they turned out to be the puffers that Michael mentioned in his review. I tried them and they came out looking a lot like the fried shrimp. But they were a little bite of white fish. I thought they were the tail of the fish, but later found out they are the cheek meat.

My husband got the crab cakes, very different from Maryland-style lump crab cakes, but very good, and very thin and crispy. They are fried on the griddle, I think. They have a great flavor not only from the fresh crab but also from the herbs they use. We shared a good chocolate milkshake as well.

I highly recommend the Exmore. Especially after a morning of bird-watching.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Crisp, juicy, sweet, and large, Exmore's butterfly shrimp are pride of the fry basket.
"Crisp, juicy, sweet, and large, Exmore's butterfly shrimp are pride of the fry basket."
Michael Stern





The steamed shrimp are plump and a pretty pink.  It comes with butter, old bay and two vegetables, in this case cabbage and mashed potatoes.
"The steamed shrimp are plump and a pretty pink. It comes with butter, old bay and two vegetables, in this case cabbage and mashed potatoes."
Cliff Strutz


While lacking the luxury of a lump crabcake, this crabby pancake delivers plenty of fresh marine flavor.
"While lacking the luxury of a lump crabcake, this crabby pancake delivers plenty of fresh marine flavor."
Michael Stern


The Exmore Diner is a restaurant where locals come to greet their neighbors as well as to eat.
"The Exmore Diner is a restaurant where locals come to greet their neighbors as well as to eat."
Michael Stern


Classic 1950s diner color scheme and decorative pattern
"Classic 1950s diner color scheme and decorative pattern"
Michael Stern


Waterfowl are on people's minds on the Eastern Shore. Here they are flying away from the bathrooms along the monitor roof.
"Waterfowl are on people's minds on the Eastern Shore. Here they are flying away from the bathrooms along the monitor roof."
Michael Stern


There's not a lot of snow in Exmore, Virginia. This photo was taken after the unusual winter storm of December, 2011.
"There's not a lot of snow in Exmore, Virginia. This photo was taken after the unusual winter storm of December, 2011."
Michael Stern


Originally opened in 1954, the Exmore Diner was closed throughout the 1960s, but reopened in the 1970s. Today it is owned and operated by Evelyn Pruitt, a former waitress, and her family.
"Originally opened in 1954, the Exmore Diner was closed throughout the 1960s, but reopened in the 1970s. Today it is owned and operated by Evelyn Pruitt, a former waitress, and her family."
Michael Stern



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