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A  retroroadtrip fan would be hard pressed to drive by the wonderful pink neon signage and vintage 50’s architecture of the Concord Pike/Rt 202 location of the Charcoal Pit without wanting to swing on in and check it out. Your appreciation of the finer signs in life will quickly be rewarded with a  tasty treat!

Since September of 1956 “The Pit” has been using their secret recipe and charcoal grilling their burgers to order, making them the best burger on this stretch of road sometimes referred to as Burger Alley.

The burgers can be ordered in 2 sizes  and I’ve always been happy with my 4 oz burger (since I’m often eying the dessert menu as well!) Ordering can be a bit wacky if you want a charbroiled cheeseburger with lettuce and fries- is that the Pit Deluxe with Fries, or the Pit Special with Cheese? Leave it to the seasoned waitresses to sort it out, and in no time you’ll be sinking your teeth into a mighty memorable meal.

Not only is this the go-to place for burgers and fries, the Charcoal Pit has decadent ice cream creations named after the local high school teams ( Highlander, Green Knight, Bulldog) with my fave being the Sallies with coffee ice cream. Best to split with someone as they are heapin helpins!

Memorabilia from the last 50+ years of business line the walls and if you don’t have enough time to sit and linger over a meal, there is even a takeout area located under the festive circus tent awnings out front.

While you can get the food at other Pit locations in the state, only this one has the wonderful vintage look and feel, so do your eyes and tummy a favor and make a Pit Stop!

The Charcoal Pit
2600 Concord Pike
Wilmington DE 19803
(302) 478-2165

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Just 2 short miles off 95 in Havre de Grace MD, the Bridge Diner is open 24 hours and is a worthwhile detour for the hungry traveler.

Don’t be put off by the remodeled roof /interior (and clock!)- a number of cool old details have escaped updating- check out the underwater mural and boomerang Formica. Service was pleasant and our tasty breakfast had more food than we could could finish and a bargain at under $12.

Just a few feet down 40 from the Bridge is a muffler man, always a score on  any roadside adventure. He’s been painted over to wear army fatigues and guards the entrance to a deco building that is also pretty cool.

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Bridge Diner
900 Ontario St
Havre De Grace, MD 21078
(410) 939-3339

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