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1. McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar 8 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401

McGarvey's has been a Downtown Annapolis staple since 1975, maintaining its solid selection of craft beer and seafood (oysters, in particular) over the years -- not to mention, its historic 19th-century saloon space. A tin ceiling, mahogany bar, and brick walls set the scene at the handsome neighborhood pub, which is always packed with locals and Naval Academy members sipping brews alongside fresh Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware oysters. If you're looking for a heartier meal, the menu also offers pub favorites like fish & chips, cheeseburgers, and Maryland crab cakes.

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2. Pusser's Caribbean Grille 80 Compromise St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Situated along Ego Alley in Downtown Annapolis, Pusser's is a dockside oasis with waterfront views, top-notch Caribbean cuisine, and tropical cocktails. Alongside a stiff Pusser's Painkiller, the restaurant's signature drink spiked with Pusser's own rum, you can wake your tastebuds with favorite dishes like bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers, Jamaican jerk tuna, and curried chicken sauté. Lively and nautical (you'll find sailing gear, artwork, and knickknacks all over the place), it's a welcome spot for dates, families, and groups alike, but expect a college scene on summer nights.

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3. Woodberry Kitchen 2010 Clipper Park Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211 (Baltimore)

At Woodberry Kitchen, farm-to-fork means cuisine that is curated, specifically, to Maryland's seasonal agricultural offerings. In the warmer months, the restaurant serves whole, baked Pink Lady apples, and flanks of black bass with salt clams, while the winter menu boasts wood-roasted lamb sausage with root vegetables, and marinated squash with wheatberries and cabbage. At any given time, Woodberry sources only the best of what local Chesapeake growers have to offer, basing their menu around the freshest ingredients available to them. The space itself is built of exposed red brick and heavy wooden communal tables, with chopped logs stacked against the walls. The bar is central, and the open kitchen offers an unobstructed view of the chefs, dancing around the wood-fired oven. The patio is decked with string lights, the cocktail program is whiskey-forward, and the food is incomparably fresh.

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4. Verde 641 S Montford Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

A rustic-chic space with wood-beamed ceilings and penny-tile floors, Verde in Canton is as stylish as it is scrumptious, serving up killer Neapolitan-style pizza that's become a Baltimore favorite, plus local craft beer, signature cocktails, and Italian wines & microbrews. There are plenty of starters on the menu, including some homemade mozzarella specialties, but don't let them distract you from the endgame: getting your hands on Verde's light and airy pies that are baked for just 90 seconds in an 850-degree wood-fired oven. The intense heat produces a perfectly char-blistered crust that you can enjoy with the traditional tomato-mozzarella-basil trifecta, or with unique topping combos like mussels, pancetta, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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5. Lexington Market 400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (Baltimore)

One of the longest-running markets in the world (it’s been around since 1782), Lexington Market is Baltimore’s ultimate food destination. The breadth and depth of its 100 vendors are unparalleled, spanning cuisines and alimentary orders as disparate as soul food, Indian, Malaysian, and delicatessen specialties, in addition to fresh seafood, local produce, world-famous crab cakes, corned beef, and fried chicken all in one large, hangar-like hall. Come for a snack, your weekly grocery shop, or a memorable meal, and share in one of the city’s most significant urban centers.

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6. Faidley's Seafood & Fresh Fish Market 203 N Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Faidley's handmade crab cakes typically draw a crowd that spills out into the halls of Lexington Market. The Market itself is one of the country's largest daily indoor food markets, while Faidley's real estate consists only of a singular kiosk. This does not, however, seem to deter customers. Found in 1886, the sea-food purveyor has become a serious Baltimore staple, serving tall orders of over-the-counter fresh fish, in addition to catering all across Baltimore. The seafood mainstay offers everything from shrimp and trout to oysters and calamari, and all fresh fish can be cleaned, cut, and cooked to-order. And while all the fish Faidley sells is of the highest quality, the crab cakes are so incomparably good, the local fish-mongers were hired to develop a crab cake for the crew of the United States Space Shuttle. You might even say they're out of this world (sorry).

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7. Red Fox Inn and Tavern 2 E Washington St, Middleburg, VA 20117

Established in 1728, the Red Fox Inn and Tavern is a historical gem in quaint Middleburg. The intimate tavern invites guests to share in hearty breakfasts, dinners, and brunches in a magnificent setting, complete with oak tables, handcrafted furnishings, stone fireplaces, hand-hewn ceiling beams, and thick fieldstone walls. The menu is heavily centered on Southern coastal cuisine, offering shrimp and grits, crab cakes, braised beef short ribs, and fried chicken. Perched above the tavern is the Night Fox Pub, which features the full Tavern menu, a selection of bar snacks like sweet potato fries, and a full bar pouring up craft cocktails and Virginia beers on tap.

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8. Blue Mountain Brewery 9635-9689 VA-151, Afton, VA 22920

In this alpine beer mecca, imbibers can enjoy their brews while surrounded by sweeping fields of the very hops they are sipping. Tucked inside a white clapboard farmhouse, positioned just off the Blue Ridge trail, Blue Mountain Brewery boasts panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, all of which can be enjoyed from the brewpub's expansive patio seating. The selection of beers barreled in-house is impressively wide (the Full Nelson is the fan-favorite) and the food menu is equally lengthy, offering various pizzas, burgers and classic bar staples like nachos and soft pretzels.

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9. Champion Brewery 324 6th St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville’s Champion Brewing Company’s taproom brewery is suitable for any mood. Whether you are looking for a destination to spend time with friends or even a spot to bring your laptop and catch up on some work, Champion provides a lively environment with board games, an outdoor patio, and a regular rotation of the best food trucks in the area. Favorite brews include Missile IPA, which is citrusy and hop-forward, and the Falconer, a hoppy wheat ale.

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10. South Street Brewery 106 W South St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

South Street Brewery in North Downtown Charlottesville is an industrial-chic brewpub housed in a converted brick-walled warehouse. Beer offerings encompass both South Street originals and selections from neighboring craft breweries, while the food program incorporates bar fare like three-cheese mac and cheese (to be designed at your mercy with toppings like bacon, ham, garlic, and corn), sandwiches, burgers, salads, and snacks, like pub pretzels and cheese curds. Top your meal off with a decadent donut bread pudding Ă  la mode, with raisins, apricots, vanilla bean, and warm caramel sauce.

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11. Starr Hill Brewery 5391 Three Notch D Rd, Crozet, VA 22932

Originally housed in what was the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, this local brewery is the second oldest in all of Virginia. Starr Hill and its attached taproom are nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where craft beers and panoramic mountain views go hand in hand. The award-winning brewmasters crank out over 250,000 barrels each year, most of which are shipped throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. The taproom features 16 rotating house-beers on draft, all of which are served in signature glasses to guests seated around heavy wooden communal tables. The brewpub often hosts live music, and on the weekends, a variety of food trucks set up camp on Starr Hill's patio, so beer fans can fuel themselves to keep drinking.

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12. Lampo 205 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lampo is a Belmont neapolitan pizzeria with a serious commitment to authenticity. In addition to the ambitious variety of wood-fired pizzas the menu offers, the restaurant boasts a selection of plated fresh meats and cheeses, a full antipasti bar, and a diverse wine selection. Still, the neapolitan pies, topped with everything from pork meatballs and San Marzano tomatoes to oyster mushrooms and aged provolone, consistently steal the show. The doughy creations are delectably original, always served hot, and littered with fresh aromatic basil. The restaurant itself is low key, with dark wood, exposed red brick, and an Italian-inspired cocktail program.

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13. Mas Tapas 904 Monticello Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902

In spite of the growing fast food scene in Charlottesville, Mas Tapas is concentrated on curating slow, conscious meals, with high-quality, organic ingredients. Mainly inspired by traditional Spanish tapas, the menu offers a variety of small plates crafted of meats, cheeses, grains, herbs and produce from local Virginia farms. While the portions are small, guests are encouraged to try a variety of the tasty samplings. The menu offers everything from grilled chorizo and handcrafted ashy goat's milk cheese with apricots, to apple cider-roasted carrots and duck confit empanadas. The space itself is social and casual, with an impressive wine bar and ample patio seating, and the food itself is eclectic, wildly flavorful, and carefully hand-crafted.

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14. Brazos Tacos 925 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA

At Brazos Tacos, the chefs maintain that no time is a bad time for tacos. Best known for their extraordinary selection of breakfast tacos, the place starts turning out corn and flour tortilla creations as early as 7am. While "El Guapo" -- a tortilla stacked with bacon, cheese, scrambled egg, black beans, and avocado -- is the most popular of the breakfast items, the morning dishes can be topped with everything from sautéed spinach and salsa roja, to crisped yams and chorizo. The lunch and dinner items are equally inventive, drawing on an impressive variety of meats and vegetables, and all of BT's tacos san be served on greens, corn or flour tortillas, or simply in a cup. The service is fast, the patio is decked with string lights, and the guacamole is to die for.

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15. Escafé 215 Water St. SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This Water street live music hub is known for great food and great jazz. Since 1995, the American eatery has been a local staple, serving lunch and dinner daily in addition to acting as a functional event space. Housed in a narrow brick building with bright blue doors, the dining room features Virginia-inspired murals extending across rust-colored walls, hanging paper lanterns, and a wide, protruding formica bar. You can order snacks and small plates like portobello mushroom fries or black bean egg rolls, while sipping cocktails at the bar, or you can stay for dinner, and feast on an eclectic menu boasting everything from bison burgers and crab cake sandwiches to Harissa pork loin cutlets (all of which are typically served with a side of live jazz). And if that's not your cup of tea, you can stop by for a beer and some Wednesday night karaoke, instead.

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16. Foster's Market 2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Foster's is a little bit of everything -- a full-service coffee bar, a lunch counter, a boutique grocery store, and a wine emporium. Helmed by noted cookbook author, Sara Foster, the local market makes nearly all of its products in-house. The shop is known for its versatile collection of homemade preserves and nut butters, sauces and syrups (Foster's BBQ sauce is notoriously delicious), and fresh-cut meat and cheese products. The café provides plenty of open seating, and a menu of scratch made soups, sandwiches (stuffed with meats cured, roasted and grilled in-house), and a full list of egg-based breakfast options. And if you weren't totally satisfied with your pepper jelly-topped, seven-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, Foster's bakes fresh pastries all day long.

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17. Guglhupf 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Helmed by Munich-trained chef, Claudia Kemmet-Cooper, this German-style eatery is equal parts café, restaurant, and bakery. The place is a gluten mecca of sorts, churning out ciabatta and challah loaves along with danishes, croissants, macaroons and lemon bars -- Claudia will even make your wedding cake. The adjoining café offers breakfast and lunch, and most importantly, a full-service coffee bar, all in a tasteful lavender-painted dining room filled with chipped, white wooden chairs and marble table tops. The restaurant space, open exclusively for dinner, is much larger with dim hanging lights, a wood-beamed ceiling, and ample garden seating. Like the bakery/café, it serves German-style local, seasonal fare -- things like oxtail ragout, rabbit pot pie, and German pork-mushroom dumplings in Onion broth. The wiener schnitzel comes highly recommended, and is, of course, best enjoyed with a cold German beer.

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18. The Blue Point Bar & Grill 1240 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

First opened in 1989, Blue Point is a local beachside eatery, breathing some serious life into the sleepy little town of Duck. The space itself is expansive and airy, opening up onto a full-service patio, complete with water-facing adirondack chairs. The oceanic local favorite is built of wood beams and heavy tables, all of which are surrounded by walls dressed in slate and punctuated by floor to ceiling windows. The lengthy oyster bar serves as the dining room's center point, and each table setting includes one of the restaurant's signature deep blue wine glasses. The place is known for its seafood dishes like the "she-crab soup" and the pistachio-encrusted, seared scallops, but beyond fish, the menu items range from grilled Angus beef tenderloin to braised North Carolina pheasant with house-made gnocchi. It is a mistake, however, to travel to Blue Point, without ordering at least one tray of the joint's famous right-out-of-the-ocean oysters.