Fork, then Spoon (dining local in Havre de Grace and the Upper Chesapeake)
Updated: Sep 28
So, it is no surprise that we love to eat. Vandiver's Chef Susan Muldoon has won the People's Choice Award at the Baltimore's Farm to Chef Competition (an annual fundraiser for Days of Taste Program that partners some of the areas best chefs with local farms) - and you don't have to look too far in our reviews, especially our weddings to see some wonderful comments about chef's offerings.
For us, we love celebrating locally sourced, different foods that push beyond the standard steak and potatoes. Our dining programs for the public, like our Wine Pairing Dinner and our Monday Supper Clubs are great illustrations of affordable, global cuisine options in a fun and engaing environment - and they are available to the public whether you're staying with us or not!
But hey, as you can see, we're not a traditional restaurant and we're not always open for public dining, as we host a lot of private events. So here are some of our favorites places in Havre de Grace that are just minutes away by foot or car. See the walking maps below for location from the Vandiver.
IN HAVRE DE GRACE:
The Vineyard Wine Bar Located right here in Havre de Grace and walkable from the Vandiver, this amazing place is not a winery, but recognized as one of the best wine bars and wine lists in the Upper Chesapeake / Baltimore Area. Great food and a fantastic, well educated staff in a comfortable but swanky environment.
Creole de Graw: The chefs here are turning out some terrific Cajun and Creole. Our personal favorites are any of the blackened fishes and the Shrimp and Grits are off the hook.
River City Public House: Chef Bruce Clarke created the famous Laurrapin Grille and Laurrapin Catering and has created a fun, creative GastroPub menu featuring some terrific burgers, meatloaf and soooooo much more. A great beer list and VERY affordable wine list are complemented by the murals and artwork from local artist Ezra Berger.
MacGregor's: A great view, wonderful service and perhaps some of the area's best crabcakes highlight dining at MacGregor's. Music on the back deck while your watching the boats and trains cross the Susquehanna make things even more fun. The Rockfish is another fave.
Coakley's: Owners Margie Coakley and Will Nori have given new life to one of the area's favorite watering holes. Now, a beautiful backyard (that's selling it short) with huge performance space and outdoor dining and dancing complement a completely remodeled interior with multiple bars and dining areas indoor and out. Wonderful service and a fun menu with some great daily specials. We were blown away by the huge Philly Cheesesteak done by request in our very non-tradtional way (swiss cheese and grilled onions) and (believe it or not) one hell of a hotdog with all the trimmings!
Promenade Grill (in the Tydings Park Parking Lot): Walk up to your old-school waterfront fry house with burgers, fries and fish sandwhiches but also expect some terrific off-the-path items such as the brats, fried softshells Po' Boys.... and did someone mention Ice Cream....this is a great place to have lunch and then take a nice long walk over the Promenade and then to town