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Exmore Diner

4264 Main St., Exmore, VA - (757) 442-2313
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 7:34:00 AM
The Exmore Diner is old (born in 1954) and a bit rickety, but handsome in its well-worn way; and we found it a wonderful place to eat breakfast. The menu features such mid-Atlantic signatures as creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy biscuits, and scrapple with grits; but even better than the food is the ambience. This is where a goodly number of the citizens of Exmore come to exchange top-of-the-morning pleasantries, news, and views. It is a small-enough place that you have to seriously lower your voice to have a private conversation, so most of what everyone says is open to discussion.

The diner's two main claims to culinary fame are seafood and fried chicken. Shrimp come steamed or fried; flat, griddle-cooked pancakes are made from shreds of local crab meat ("shell is possible," warns the menu), and there are oysters (in season), clam fritters made with seaside clams (brinier than bayside), plus the occasional plate of puffers and fried drum fish ribs. We love the menu's description of the seafood platter: "sample of every seafood in the house, largest plate anywhere." Side dishes include real mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (locally grown), porky greens, and braised cabbage.

The go-to dessert is sweet potato pie.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Sweet Potato Pie
Crab Cakes
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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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