The restaurants are not good. Best one is in Urbanna close by. When the VFW or a burger joint I see the best restaurant....well take it down a notch.
We are looking in that area because we feel we can get to DC, Richmond, Norfolk , Annapolis in less than 1.5 hours. I don't want a life devoid of cultural places, museums etc.
The southern Bay has tons of creeks and hidey holes for gunkholing. The prices for a waterfront with the boat docked out front are very reasonable and about 65% of those in this area . Less snow and ice. Northern and Mid Chessie are still reachable. Lastly easy out the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic for our off more trips to New England and the LI Sound
Wow and I thought I was a tough food critic. I'm no chef, but before I got into sailing. Food and cooking was my primary passion. I've met, cooked with, and competed against some great local chefs, was certified as a BBQ judge. We seek out great restaurants when we traveling. Anyway just try to say I'm no marshmallow when comes to rating restaurants. Now back to Kilmarnock and places to eat in the area.
I think the Car Wash Café is very good. The sushi place (I don't know the name) was good. I'd eat at The Dub Shack any time. KC’s Crabs and Cues yes, it's bar food, but it's fine, the crabs were cooked ok. The food from Carried Away Cuisine is good. Have not eaten at Lancaster Tavern, NN Burgers, locals have recommended both. It's Short ride to The Tides Inn...might be overpriced but have had a couple great meals there. I've heard dinners at Dining Hall of The Hope and Glory Inn are overrated.
The only place we have eaten in Urbanna was Urbanna Seafood Market & Raw Bar. I'd go back any time.
The Table at Wilton in Deltaville is well worth the drive and Cafe by The Bay had great breakfast rolls.
Merroir is my favorite restaurant in the area.
Could not agree more on your second and third points. The proximity to culture, history, water, food, and the weather. Is what first lead us to look in the area
Good luck on your house hunting (so long as you're not looking at the same range of homes we are