ESVA Tourism Commission Names Local’s Choice Award Winners

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission has announced the winners and runners-up for the 2021 Eastern Shore Local’s Choice competition. 

The Local’s Choice competition was developed in the wake of 2020’s hardships as a way to boost local businesses and engage the community. As tourism has started to reopen, it has helped visitors to see some of the spots that the locals love.

The commission plans to host a Local’s Choice competition next year, and asks everyone to be ready to nominate, vote for, and share their favorite spots when that competition opens.

The tourism commission asks everyone to congratulate local businesses on their wins. Window decals will be delivered to all of the top-three finishing businesses.

The 2021 Local’s Choice winners and runners-up in each category are:

Best  Crab Cakes 

  • The  Island House  Restaurant 
  • Mallards At the Wharf 
  • Hook @ Harvey  

Best ESVA Style Clam Chowder   

  • The Exmore Diner  
  • Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks  
  • The Great Machipongo Clam Shack  

Best Soft-Shell Crabs  

  • Mallards at the Wharf  
  • Hook @ Harvey  
  • Captain E’s Hurricane Grill & Bar 

Best Oyster Menu  

  • The Oyster Farm  
  • The Island House  Restaurant  
  • The Shanty 

Best Clam Menu  

  • The Great Machipongo Clam Shack   
  • The Island House Restaurant  
  • The Shanty  

Best Drum Fish  

  • Exmore Diner  
  • Ray’s Shanty  
  • The Island House Restaurant  

Best Flounder  

  • The Island House Restaurant  
  • Ray’s Shanty  
  • The Exmore Diner  

Best Fresh Seafood Market  

  • Edward’s Seafood   
  • Gary Howard Seafood  
  • The Great Machipongo Clam Shack 

Best She-Crab Soup  

  • Kelly’s Gingernut Pub  
  • Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks  
  • The Exmore Diner  

Best Burger   

  • Cape Charles Brewing Company  
  • The Blarney Stone Pub  
  • Kelly’s Gingernut Pub 

Best Pizza   

  • Da Vinci’s   
  • Deadrise Pies   
  • Gerry’s Ristorante 

Best Subs  

  • Onancock Deli   
  • J&B Subs  
  • Yuk Yuk  & Joes 

Best Sandwiches  

  • Sea Star Carryout Eats  
  • Machipongo Trading Co.   
  • Coastal Baking Co.   

Best Waterfront Dining  

  • The Island House Restaurant  
  • The Shanty  
  • Mallards at the Wharf 

Best Outdoor Dining  

  • The Island House Restaurant  
  • The Shanty   
  • The  Ropewalk  

Best Craft Beer/Wine/Spirits   

  • Cape Charles Brewing Co.  
  • Chatham Vineyards & Winery   
  • Black Narrows Brewing  Co. 

Best Orange Crush  

  • The Shanty  
  • The Island House Restaurant  
  • Mallards at the Wharf  

Best Ice Cream  

  • The Island Creamery   
  • Brown Dog Ice Cream  
  • Cowlick’s Creamery  

Best Pastry  

  • Corner Bakery   
  • Coastal Baking Co.  
  • Amarin  Coffee 

Best Coffee   

  • The Book Bin  
  • Machipongo  Trading Co.  
  • Slack Tide Coffee Co. 

Best Specialty Shop  

  • Gull Hummock   
  • Blue Crab Bay  
  • North Street Market 

Best Gift Shop   

  • The Book Bin   
  • The Brant  
  • Shore Creations 

Best Jewelry   

  • Moonrise  
  • C.D. Marsh   
  • Shore Creations  

Best Clothing  

  • Periwinkles  
  • Dawn  
  • Marker 29  

Best Antiques  

  • Blue Crow   
  • Primitives & More   
  • Exmore Antique  

Best Art Gallery   

  • At Altitude   
  • Lemon Tree   
  • Crockett Gallery 

Best Ecotour   

  • Burnham Guides   
  • Captain Dan’s Around the Island Tour  
  • Cape Charles Boat Tours 

Best Fishing Tours  

  • Day Trippers  
  • Eastern Shore Adventures   
  • Miss Jennifer (Cherrystone) 

Best Kayak Tours   

  • Southeast Expedition   
  • Assateague Explorer   
  • Burnham Guides 

Best Rentals   

  • Chincoteague Island Outfitters  
  • Eastern Shore Custom Carts  
  • Burnham Guides 

Best Campground  

  • Cherrystone  Campground  
  • Kiptopeke  State Park  
  • Tall Pines  Harbor Campground 

Best Bed & Breakfast   

  • Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles  
  • The Inn at Onancock  
  • The Channel Bass Inn  

Best Hotel/Motel  

  • The Charlotte Hotel   
  • Hotel Cape Charles  
  • Hampton Inn & Suites 

Best Vacation Rental Company  

  • Chincoteague Island Vacation Cottages  
  • Cape Charles Vacation Rentals   
  • Chesapeake Properties, Cape Charles 
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