Exmore Diner

Diner | Seafood | Small Town Café | Soul Food
One of the best

The Exmore Diner is old (born in 1954) and somewhat rickety, but handsome in its well-worn way. It is a wonderful place to eat breakfast. The menu features such mid-Atlantic signatures as creamed chipped beef, sausage gravy biscuits, and scrapple with grits.

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.

Even better than Exmore Diner food is its cast of characters. This is where a goodly number of local citizens 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.

What to Eat
Exmore Diner, Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie made with local potatoes
Exmore Diner, Butterfly Shrimp
Butterfly Shrimp
Exmore's butterfly shrimp are crisp, juicy & sweet.
Exmore Diner, Steamed Shrimp
Steamed Shrimp
Steamed shrimp with butter, Old Bay, mashed potatoes & cabbage
Exmore Diner, Crab Cakes
Crab Cakes
Crabby pancake delivers plenty of fresh marine flavor.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday8am - 8pm
Tuesday8am - 8pm
Wednesday8am - 8pm
Thursday8am - 8pm
Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 8pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 52 MILES | 1 hr 2 min

The long stretch of flatland threaded by Highway 13 between Pokomoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean is a bonanza of mid-Atlantic specialties from oysters and crab to multi-layer Smith Island cake. Here is a trio of essential stops along the way.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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