DON’T GO HUNGRY: Dining in Berlin, MD
Eating in Berlin, MD
Ok, so you went to the Visitor Center and got a handy map of Historic Downtown Berlin. Now you’re hungry and you need just a little more info to decide where you want to eat. Here’s the short and sweet low down on the downtown sources of grub. I have sorted them into categories, although some of them could easily overlap categories. I have also included addresses so you know where to go and website links, where available, so you can check menus. Read on!
Coffee, Tea and Sweet Treats
Berlin Coffee House
17 Jefferson St.
Enjoy a cup of joe, a latte, a chai tea or one of the many other beverages in a friendly, non-rushed, relaxing environment. Try local Chesapeake Creamery Ice Cream, sweet snacks and light lunch – vegetarian options available. Learn about where the beans/leaves that made your drink came from. Maybe you’ll even leave with a souvenir mug. I couldn’t resist buying the latest travel mug.
Baked Dessert Café
4C Bay St. Bakeddessertcafe.com
This place was love at first bite for me. A selection of sweet and savory baked goods, including vegan and gluten free options. The famous Berlin Peach Dumpling can be found here, as can a cro-clair, an amazing collision of croissant and chocolate éclair. I’m salivating just thinking about it. There are great cookies and pies too! The triple berry pie was a huge hit in my family. There are also some varying light lunch options. Don’t worry, no one will rush your decision making. Run by a super friendly mother-daughter team, this is a not to miss stop in Berlin. If you happen to be in town for the 2nd Friday Art Stroll, check here for wine and brew tastings. Closed Sundays.
Cupcakes in Bloom
120 N Main St. berlincupcakes.com
As seen on Cupcake Wars – cupcakes and cupcake bouquets in skillions of flavors from the basic chocolate and vanilla flavors to root beer float and seasonal flavors like margarita. A great quick little treat and some cute outdoor tables so you can and sit and relax.
Main Street Sweets
116 N Main St.
Candy, candy, candy a variety ranging from old fashioned penny candies to fudge, turtles and truffles. Neco wafers are here, the treat that my Dad got me when I went to the hardware store with him. Yup, nostalgia on the tongue. They have jewelry and other gift items in here too. Check out this sign I found there.
Quick n Yummy
Main Street Deli
10 S Main St.
Soup, sandwiches and homemade treats are the main fare here, plus popsicles too. One picnic table sits outside, if you are lucky enough to grab it it’s a good spot for people watching. The favorite sandwich in our house is the Italian Sub. The meats are always fresh and flavorful! This is our go to take out place, when we are working on the house and are too tired to make lunch. Even stripping wallpaper doesn’t seem so bad with a sub as a reward!
Go Organic Grocers
12 Artisans Way
While you won’t be finding prepared foods here. It’s a great place to pick up the makings for a picnic in the park (or on the beach). They offer greens, veggies and local meats, plus a few snacks. There are also some enticing soaps and lotions available. The building is inviting in and of itself, still sporting the Hale Peach paintings from filming of The Runaway Bride.
Just go to the parking a lot next to Tex-Mex & Country Cookin and look for this building.
Casual n Yummy
Burley Inn Tavern
16 Pitts St
Live like a local. Great tvs for watching the big game. Very reasonable prices and tasty food to boot. The menu offers a selection of pub grub like fish and chips, cheesesteaks, burgers and salads (both the kind made with lettuce and the kinds made with mayo). There is a nice beer selection and the drink prices are as reasonable as the food prices. If you sit at the bar you may be lucky enough to meet Jeremy, one of the friendliest bartenders I have ever met! Don’t skip dessert here. They have amazing homemade desserts in gynormous serving sizes.
104 N Main St. siculiberlin.com
Yummylicious Italian food. Fantastic appetizer selection and my all time favorite house salad. You will find a great selection of delicious appetizers. The menu changes up seasonally and there are always dinner specials. The food is always very fresh here and the service is very good. If you need to accommodate a special diet, they are especially nice about it here. We love the pizzas here made in the wood burning oven. You can even sit at the pizza bar and talk to the chef. They are now offering brunch, which I haven’t made it too yet, but it is nice to know that there are more options available.
12 Broad St. Globetheater.com
You can find live music and rotating art displays with your meal here, plus fun events like mystery dinners. The menu includes: soups, salads, sandwiches/burgers and a variety of American fare entrees. Like many places in Berlin they offer seasonal menu items. You will find a nice selection of vegetarian menu items and brunch too. This place is generally hopping on the weekends, so you may have a wait, but you can pass the time at their good sized bar. At the bar, I really like Neil, an interesting guy to chat with if you can catch him when he isn’t too busy. This is another nice place to meet some locals.
Tex-Mex & Country Cooking
119 N Main St. texmexandcountrycookn.com
Not surprisingly, Tex-Mex offers up a large selection of Mexican fare but, in my opinion, country cooking is the strength here, with yummy fried chicken, and tasty sides. It can be a little challenging here if you want to eat healthy or need to avoid dairy. They offer some of the best outdoor seating in town!
10 N Main St. raynesreef.com
Burgers, shakes, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, basic salads, soda fountain, ice cream, and breakfast, all in an atmosphere that makes you think you are dining on a Happy Days set. Great visit for fans of The Runaway Bride, I mean Richard Gere sat here, maybe my derriere sat on the same stool. Woohoo! For you guys, Julia Roberts sat on one of those stools too! Plan carefully, they are closed on Sundays. See more here.
A Little Fancier n Still Yummy
104 Pitts St.
Locally sourced foods, prepared really well. A definite culinary treat! The menu changes seasonally to make the best use of locally available ingredients. Offerings are unique twists on Eastern Shore foods. You can find an Eastern Shore Banh Mi, complete with pork and scrapple, steamed clams, local beef and more. Vegetarian options are available, even my son’s vegan girlfriend had delicious options here. This place is usually bustling with activity and has a hip, urban vibe. It reminds me of many of the cozy restaurants near my son’s apartment in Brooklyn. Check out our latest visit here.
Atlantic Hotel – Drummer’s Café
2 N Main St. atlantichotel.com
Step back in time for a romantic dinner or for a more casual lunch, right in heart of Berlin. The Atlantic Hotel is center of many town functions. You can hang out on the porch with a glass of wine or eat outside. Lite Fare consisting of salads, jumbo lump crab cakes, bbq pork, burgers and more are available at lunch with fine dining starting at 5pm. Then you can look forward to a good steak, seafood, or even paella accompanied by a nice wine selection. I’ve had some very romantic special meals here.
Main St. Enchanted Tea Room
7 S Main St mainstreetenchantedtea.com
A corner of England found here on the Eastern Shore. In this elegant dining room you will find over 48 varieties of tea, tea sandwiches, scones and some heavier options on the Man Up lunch. There is an interesting collection of teapots on display. A great place to play dress-up with the girls, but you can enjoy it with your jeans on too.
Just a Drink Please
Burley Oak Brewing Company
10016 Old Ocean City Blvd. burleyoak.com
This microbrewery is not on Main Street, but it’s not far off. Many varieties of beer, all brewed on site. Take a tour. Sample the brews. Live music. Game night and Bring your own vinyl night. The fun never ends here. This is a fun spot for the young and the young at heart. Not to be missed if you are a fan of microbrews! Check out a bottle release party here.
Maryland Wine Bar
103 N Main St. themdwinebar.com
In one cozy spot you will find Maryland wines, hard ciders and now some beer too. Small snack plates are also available. You will also find live music, wine tastings, oil & vinegar tastings. It’s small here, but a great way to meet people and learn about the wines and vineyards of MD.