DelMarVa’s Southern Cafe Coming to Crystal City

by Katie Pyzyk May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm 3,271 27 Comments

Some comfort food is coming to Crystal City. DelMarVa’s Southern Cafe and Taphouse is apparently moving in at 2450 Crystal Drive, according to its website.

The restaurant touts itself as serving comfort foods traditional to the Delmarva Peninsula. Some menu items include the “Chesapeake Chicken” sandwich, which is topped with crab dip, and the “Eastern Shore” fried egg sandwich. The drink menu features wines and beers crafted in the Delmarva area.

The website says the restaurant, which will offer a casual atmosphere, hopes to be open this fall. A location in Baltimore is scheduled to open sometime this spring.

  • nom de guerre

    Speaking of sandwiches, tomorrow’s featured daily special at Sam’s Corner is pan seared, locally sourced Donaldson Run foie gras on toasted brioche topped with a fig vinegar reduction, mache salad and Humbolt Fog goat’s milk cheese. Only while supplies last.

    • Richard Cranium

      I know it’s a ways off, but I can’t wait for the Special Halloween Menu.

      • nom de guerre

        I know Halloween is a long way off, so Sam’s Corner will offer you a little teaser-the daily special may feature Jeffrey Dahmer style finger sandwiches made with rib eye steak.

    • Mary-Austin

      Lemme guess they’re only going to be open from 2:05 to 2:30!!?

      HAHAHA man Sam’s Corner jokes never get old!

      • Karzai (not really)

        I know, right!?!?!?


    It would be neighborly of them to spell Arlington correctly on their website. It says “Alrington” now. The food looks good, though.

    • CrystalMikey

      I agree….food sounds great.

    • nom de guerre

      The spelling communicates the asian influence.

    • Richard Cranium

      I don’t care about their spelling, but I sure hope they get the point of notifying their neighbors about their hours of operation, and any changes (temporary or permanent) thereto.

    • Michael H.


      If the food is good, I could care less whether there’s a typo on their website. Also, it seems like some people here are snooty food critics or something. Just as negative as those who find fault with every single new building in the County. I guess some people just like griping. Or they think the relentless negativity and cynicism makes them sophisticated.

      • South Awwlington

        We’re not cynical or endlessly negative. We simply ask the tough questions at a local level. If you can’t take the fire-branding of this site, you’ll never survive the public at large.

  • South Awwlington

    Crystal City is really turning up the foodie competition in ARL. The snickering and snide comments about “why go there” will soon be meaningless!

    • Lady Haha

      I know, right? Chic-fila, Chipotle, Cosi, Perfect Pita.

      Wilson Blvd got nuthin’ on the 2-0-0-0-7

      • CrystalMikey

        Or the 22202?

      • 20007?

        That’s Georgetown.

      • South Awwlington

        Dear Honey HaHa:

        I lived in DC for 10 years…it’s not all that.

        Ex DC Pat

  • R. Emerson

    A Delmarva themed restaurant with no scrapple? That has to be a joke.

    • DarkHeart

      I thought scrapple was a Penna thing.

      • drax

        It’s funny that everyone’s scared of “pink slime” but scrapple is fine.

    • spookiness

      As a Delmarva native, the lack of scrapple jumped out at me as well. Also, I don’t want to be neg, but the menu seems a little fancy. Nobody puts brie on sandwiches where I grew up, I can guarantee that.

  • Stoneridge

    It sounds like a promising alternative. One thing about the map:the Virgina part at the southern tip of the peninsula should be a different color from Maryland.

    • Cape Charles


    • drax

      Good point. Or they could change their name to DelMar.

  • Eastern Shore Homer

    Menu looks good, but other than a few crab dishes I don’t see anything DelMarVa -ish about it.

    • Jason

      As someone that grew up on the shore, nothing on this menu really says DelMarVa.

      • Joe


        Although, that begs the question, what is Delmarva Food? I grew up in/on the very north end of Delmarva and I’m not sure there is any really distinct Delmarva’ian(?) taste. Steak and Potatoes. Venison. Crabs. Rockfish? Clams?

  • Max

    Kinda related. Anyone ever been to Jimmies in Bridgeville, DE? It’s a great stop on the way to the Delaware beaches.


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