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Just before I left on my annual trip to Ocean City, Maryland, I asked a few food writers at the Baltimore Sun for restaurant recommendations. They sent me to Grove Market, a little shack just over the Chesapeake Bay in Bishopville that opened in the mid-'90s. It's no easy feat getting a table there—Leslie, the co-owner, said she turns away as many as 70 calls a day—but my husband and I got comfortable seats at the tiny counter. There's no menu: a waiter comes over and recites the day's appetizers. Then, after you've eaten those, someone comes over to tell you about the entrées. People go there not only for the wholesome, delicious food (unlike most places nearby, Grove Market doesn't serve anything fried), but also because it feels a lot like being in someone's home—you can look into the kitchen from almost every seat. The menu changes daily, and some of the dishes were inspired by recipes in Food & Wine—Leslie is a huge fan! Here are some of her top F&W picks that get served at Grove Market regularly:
Viognier-Steamed Clams with Bacon and Parsnips
Beef Tenderloin with Bacon and Creamed Leeks
Hot and Sour Noodle Soup with Pork
Pan-Seared Shrimp with Hot Chorizo Butter
Grove Market, 12402 St. Martins Neck Rd., Bishopville, MD; 410-352-5055.