Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine)

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2013/03/28 11:31:18 (permalink)

Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine)

My wife and I are going on a road trip to Portland, ME from Richmond, Va. Any great ideas on eats close to I-95 halfway through our trek? Probably be in Pennsylvania. 
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    phlmaestro
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 16:03:25 (permalink)
    John's Roast Pork and Tony Luke's are within blocks of 95 in South Philly:
     
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/6282/johns-roast-pork
     
    http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/1232/tony-lukes
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 16:51:21 (permalink)
    I-95 doesn't connect, it's a broken highway. Usually, when taking I-95 south from the NE to VA, you get on the Jersey Turnpike, and reconnect to I-95 in Deleware. You don't actually go into PA.
    BUT, you CAN choose to cut off the turnpike early and hit I-95 just north of Philly, if going to Philly is important.
     
    This is a little ways away from the highway, but if you exit the last exit before going over the Delaware Bridge from Jersey to Delaware, and take US Route 40 a couple miles east, you'll find a gem of a roadfood place - the kind of place that should be in a roadfood book: Olympia Dairy Bar, 1073 Route 40, Carneys Point, NJ 08069.  Footlong Hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, italian sausage, monster milk shakes, ice cream, sundaes, etc. Drive up, old time classic.  
     
    It's 4 miles from the exit, easy to get to and back on track. For me, this is the prototypical roadfood drive-in. Seasonal, and they're open now.
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 22:39:52 (permalink)
    The Dog House in New Castle, DE
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 23:34:34 (permalink)
    Charcoal Pit in Delaware, McGregor's in Havre de Grace, candy from Bomboys in the same town.
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 23:49:35 (permalink)
    If you hop off I-95 @ exit 109B in MD just before you get to Delaware, you will find Durhams Best Barbeque in a tiny,log cabin type building near the local Wawa.  Ribs, pit beef, pit ham sandwiches are all great.  Take out mostly,picnic table out front. Extremely downscale and funky, but the food is really good.  A colony of well fed  feral cats hangs out in back.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/28 23:58:25 (permalink)
    Thank you. How could I have forgotten Durham's? Have been going there for years. I guess it's because I live in Newark and always approach it from that direction rather than 95. Thanks for correcting my omission. Not to be missed place
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/29 21:57:14 (permalink)
    Just my two cents here.  I've been making the I-95 trip from NJ to VA annually for the last 6 years for a long weekend get together with old friends at my friends summer house on the VA side of the Chesapeake. I like to make 2 Roadfood stops each year (on the way down and back) in MD, and I needed some new input. Durhams and Mc Gregors will fill the bill for this May. So, thanks for the suggestions
     
    To this I will add Howard House in Elkton MD. Good old-school Seafood Tavern not far off I-95. The web site is idiotic, it opens with a Quicktime file which takes forever to open and seems to be just a recording of a crowd there (they need to get thier money back from whoever designed it), just click on Menu to cut to the chase.
     
    http://www.howardhousetavern.com/
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/30 12:03:24 (permalink)
    Great thread, awakening me to the delights of my region,which one sometimes forgets. Ate at the Howard House often when I worked in Elkton. Its like a trip back to a gentler time
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/03/30 19:25:11 (permalink)
    emmymom

    If you hop off I-95 @ exit 109B in MD just before you get to Delaware, you will find Durhams Best Barbeque in a tiny,log cabin type building near the local Wawa.  Ribs, pit beef, pit ham sandwiches are all great.  Take out mostly,picnic table out front. Extremely downscale and funky, but the food is really good.  A colony of well fed  feral cats hangs out in back.


    I'll have to check this out, since we usually pass through Newark once every summer on our way from PHL to the Delaware shore.  I usually stop in Newark for nostalgia's sake (lived there in my early childhood), although the places I go now weren't around then (Iron Hill Brewery). 
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/03 15:10:51 (permalink)
    Wow, I travel this corridor every Fall, most every weekend, I love reading all the new tips!
     
    My favorite find (no where near I-95) was on a trip to a band comeptition near Atlantic City, somewhere outside of Vineland, NJ along Rt 40 was this seasonal BBQ pit. Loved it! Wish I could remember the name.
     
    Route 40 runs parallel with I-95 through MD north of Balto. I've looked for places, but haven't found anything, so I'm glad to read about these other places.
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/05 01:01:58 (permalink)
     
    The suggestions are very good, but do be aware that the Newark, DE area isn't even one-third of the way to Portland, ME. You asked for something around half-way.  Richmond to Portland is 652 miles (according to MapQuest.).  Richmond to Newark, DE is only 208 miles, and the places in MD are even less distant.    
    If you want something near halfway, you should be looking closer to Newark, NJ rather than Newark, DE. 
     
    Just don't want to see you have to have nearly another 450 miles to go after lunch if you weren't expecting it. 
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/05 06:47:41 (permalink)
    In no specific order:
    (I'm assuming that you will take Rte 91 (CT) to 84 (CT) to 90 (MA) to 290 (MA) to 495 (MA) to 95 (MA/NH) into Maine)
     
    Chaps Pit Beef - Baltimore, MD
    Bobs Clam Hut - Kittery, ME
    Pepes - New Haven, CT
    Georges Coney Island - Worcester, MA
    Doogies - Newington, CT
    Kimball Farm - Westford, MA
    Harolds NY Deli - Edison, NJ
    Wilsons BBQ - Fairfield, CT
    Friendly Toast - Portsmouth, NH
    Celebrity Sandwich - Portsmouth, NH
     
    There are others, but you still want to fit in your car after your trip.
    Enjoy,
    Bill
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/05 09:58:05 (permalink)
    <<My favorite find (no where near I-95) was on a trip to a band comeptition near Atlantic City, somewhere outside of Vineland, NJ along Rt 40 was this seasonal BBQ pit. Loved it! Wish I could remember the name. >>
     
    There used to be at least 3 of them along that stretch of Rt 40, about 10 years ago I did all 3 on a long day trip. They all tended to come and go, and most were only open during the summer. The one you mentioned was probably Kingfish Barbeque, which has since closed, reopened, closed again, dissapeared, and then reopened under the name Christines House of Kingfish  (wasn't there recently a sitcom with that name...) due to some infighting over the rights to the name Kingfish Barbeque.
     
    It's now on Rt 206 in Shamong, in an actual buidling rather than an open air place.
     
    Edit. This was bugging me, so I dug out my old notes from back in 2005. You might have also stopped at Uncle Dewey's, which was very similar and totally open-air. I found an article from 2009 which mentions it. Uncle Deweys appears to be still there on Rt 40 (check the link in the article):
     
    http://www.gourmet.com/restaurants/2009/07/eight-great-nj-bbq-joints
     
    (Aside to everyone else reading this thread: These places are nowhere near I-95, sorry for the detour..)
     
    post edited by ken8038 - 2013/04/05 10:06:01
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/07 08:46:15 (permalink)
    Agree with Phildelmar...Havre de Grace, Md has some great spots and is easy to get to off of 95.  Sam's Deli is awesome, cash only and agree with McGregor's.  Elkton's Howard House is good too. Enjoy the ride and your food!
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/07 17:23:16 (permalink)
    Isn't New Haven right on I-95?
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/07 17:35:25 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson

    Isn't New Haven right on I-95?

    Last time I looked. Of course, you never can tell these days. They might have moved the city.
     Heck, they moved Louis Lunch.
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/07 18:27:20 (permalink)
    Super Duper Weenie, just off I 95 in Fairfield, CT. Last Fairfield exit before Bridgeport
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/04/08 09:39:27 (permalink)
    so a stop in New Haven would be a must
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/05/20 21:04:53 (permalink)
    The original poster is long gone, but I'll bump this thread anyway. I made two stops in MD on my annual trip to Virginia that I mentioned above. On the way down I stopped at G&A Restaurant in Baltimore. I had 3 chiili dogs at this 50's era coffee shop type restaurant. The dogs were nothing special, but the sauce was outstanding. A little sweet, a little spicy. Definately one of the best chili dogs I've ever had. That the help was unusually cheerful and accomodating for this type of place was an added bonus.
    http://www.gandarestaurant.com/
     
    On the way home I stopped at Durham Barbeque, as recommended a couple times above. Sorry to say, I was very disapointed. I ordered a Pork Loin Smoked Sandwich. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing, or maybe this is just the way it is served in Maryland, but I was expecting moist and tender slices of pork. What I got was very thick, dry, and tough as rubber. Even generous dunking in the tasty sauce didn't help much. The side of baked beans was tiny and watery. If that wasn't enough, the order-taker sneezed into her arm at least 3 times while I was waiting for my order. OK, she's not the food handler, but still...
     
    Next year MacGregors in Havre DeGrace will be one of the stops. Thanks for the tips, even if they don't always work out.
     
     
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/05/21 13:44:55 (permalink)
    Trip Advisor has post that Howard House Tavern is now out of business.
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    Re:Where to eat of I-95 (Between Virginia and Maine) 2013/05/21 15:20:03 (permalink)
    Shame about the Howard House. I noticed that the last time I passed through Elkton
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