I’ve been around enough to know where the best joints are across the country. One good thing is that it doesn’t matter where you go, there will always be burger. But not every burger is alike, people. There’s an art to it.
First you’ve got to go to the good stuff. Places like Connor’s diner in Missouri has got just about the best burgers in the state, and pair that with a nice beer and some fries and man, you’re golden. There’s another one in this place on the shore in Delaware. If I had to go and pick a last meal that would be it, hands down. East Coast knows how to make ‘em better. It’s just a fact of the life.
Sam’ll eat them, don’t let his green gut fool you. He just likes to limit himself. I, on the other hand, live my life. Side of extra bacon and you won’t hear me complain. Even Cas got into ti when he was human, though there was one time where he ate too much… Talk about losing your appetite there.
A Guide to U.S. Route 13 - Pennsylvania through the Delmarva Peninsula
“U.S. 13, the most direct route between Philadelphia, Pa., and Norfolk, Va., traverses Delaware from end to end, passing through as industrial and suburban section of hilly and rocky country north of Wilmington, through gently rolling farmland in the middle of the State, and through the nearly flat, sandy, pine-wooded and truck-raising expanse of Lower Delaware lying in the Coastal Plain. The Delaware section of U.S. 13 runs more than one-half the length of the so-called Delmarva Peninsula, the low-lying and water-bound region east of Chesapeake Bay that contains the State of Delaware, the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia.” – Delaware: A Guide to the First State (WPA, 1955)
Almost twenty years ago I attended university on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and lived just off of U.S. 13. I can recall quite clearly road trips down into Virginia and up into Delaware during my time in Delmarva and thinking how much the scenery seemed stuck in time. Turns out not much has changed since I graduated and moved west to Baltimore. Time has continued to be unkind to the people and infrastructure along that stretch of road. Modernization only crops up in small patches of strip malls and it seems most people are struggling to make ends meet. The remains of a more vibrant economy still remain in the forms of crumbling 1950’s style service stations and motels along with dilapidated farmhouses; no doubt the severe contraction of America’s middle class has left an indelible mark across the expanse of land along Route 13 from Philly down to Norfolk.
Whiskey Beach, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware. WWII Army shore battery observation towers on the beach. These are all up and down the Delaware Coast, spotting submarines that were waiting for the munition ships leaving DuPont though Delaware Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. They relayed the information to the large shore batteries at Fort Miles. This beach was certainly much better duty than Omaha or Utah Beaches in Normandy.