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Bruce’s Seafood

 

Bruce’s Seafood

8624 Courthouse Rd.
Spotsylvania, VA. 22553

540-507-4003

 

 

August 7, 2011

 

 

Blink your eyes and you’ll miss Bruce’s Seafood on Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania.  Keep them open, and you’ll have a pleasant, affordable steamed crab experience.

 

Follow the driveway, and you’ll find a quaint crab shack, complete with a crabby mural disguising the business’ walk-in freezer.

 

Inside, you’ll find friendly workers, one working the counter and one steaming up crabs. Without even asking, the woman working the counter offered to take us back to see the crabs steaming in two large pots.

 

On the Sunday we went on the hunt for crabs, the choice was $35/dozen for extra large crabs from North Carolina or $20/dozen for the mediums from Reidville, Va. Seeing the $20 crabs steaming up, we opted for three dozen and headed outside to sit at one of two picnic tables and wait.

 

Bruce’s doesn’t have indoor seating, only the couple of picnic tables out front, but the fun and “crabby” attire will keep you amused as you wait. Of course, you could wait inside. But be forewarned. You could be tempted to pick up a pound or two of shrimp or some of the other goodies Bruce’s has to offer.

 

The crabs turned out, for the most part, to be full and meaty. While Bruce’s gave us additional seasoning, it wasn’t needed.  For size and taste, the crabs get a 4. For value, they’re a 5 on a scale of 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide Bridge Restaurant

Suicide Bridge Restaurant

6304 Suicide Bridge Road

Hurlock, MD 21643

410-943-4689

May 24, 2011

Suicide Bridge Restaurant is one of those places you go when you want a long, leisurely lunch, local crabs and friendly service. For us, lunch consisted of seafood skins (potato skins with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat smothered in a cheese sauce), a dozen large crabs and a large, homemade chocolate éclair covered in frozen Heath Bar chocolate. Continue reading Suicide Bridge Restaurant

On The Bay

On The Bay

42nd Street and Coastal Highway

410-524-7070

August 23, 2010

Sweeter will be the word that comes to mind when you crack open the crabs from On The Bay. The seasoning is a doctored-up variation of J.O., a common crab seasoning. But On The Bay’s version is one where your mouth isn’t burning after your sixth or seventh or tenth crab. I’m not sure what happens after No. 10, we only ate 20 crabs of our ½ bushel during our first sitting. Continue reading On The Bay

Leo’s Seafood Restaurant

Leo’s Seafood Restaurant
139th Street
Ocean City, Md. 21842
410-250-1600 or 410-250-9936

Aug. 22, 2010

“Leo’s had bigger crabs” read the note from my older brother. In choosing Leo’s over another Ocean City crab joint, he said his decision was a “no brainer.” Continue reading Leo’s Seafood Restaurant

Captain John’s Crab House & Marina

Captain John’s Crab House & Marina
16215 Cobb Island Road  
Cobb Island,  MD  20625  
301-259-2315

July 5, 2010 

For a relaxing, pleasant crab house experience, hop in the car or boat and head to Captain John’s Crab House & Marina on Cobb Island, Md. Continue reading Captain John’s Crab House & Marina

Crab Galley of Bowie


Crab Galley of Bowie
7410 Laurel Bowie Road
Bowie, Md. 20715

June 18, 2010

When the text came in that said, “Bringing home dinner,” I had a good idea dinner would be crabs. I knew that they’d be bought somewhere between Beltsville and Alexandria, but beyond that I really had no expectations. Continue reading Crab Galley of Bowie

Bahama Mamas North

 

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Bahama Mamas North

13201 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, Md. 21842

410-524-8585

May 30, 2010

Some things you just don’t want hear when you’re eating crabs. “I’ve been sweating my balls off” is one of them. Those are the exact words that came out of one waiter’s mouth at Bahama Mamas North as he waited on a group of friends Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading Bahama Mamas North

Ocean Grille

Ocean Grille
9639 Ocean Gateway
Easton, Md. 21601
410-770-4644

Nov. 6, 2009

On a beach-bound Friday evening, one of my favorite things to do is to stop in Easton or Cambridge and get a half-bushel of steamed crabs to take to the condo.

Usually, the crabs are cheaper than in Ocean City. And, I find it a lot of fun to check out different places, especially in towns where crabbing is or has been a mainstay.

This weekend I opted to stop in Easton at Ocean Grille. It’s a crab shack on U.S. 50 that typically gets our business on the way home from the beach.

It’s the type of place with big, hand-painted placard signs advertising the day’s deals. I had to laugh because on the drive past Ocean Grille, I didn’t see the sign on the top of the building that said, “The best U-turn you’ll ever make.” Yes, I had made the U-turn.

As I took the dog for a quick walk, Ed ordered the half-bushel of No. 1s (up to 6 ¾ inches big) for $55. When the box arrived, it was piled high with piping hot crabs, so many that it was nearly overflowing. This turned out to be a true value – a 5.

We knew the crabs wouldn’t be hot by the time we reached O.C. but that didn’t deter us from enjoying them. Of course, we didn’t eat all of them in one sitting. We spent the weekend enjoying them.

In terms of size, there wasn’t a loser in the lot Each one was filled out, and there was no shortage of claws. On size, they rate a 5. Ocean Grille delivered on what it promised.

On taste, these crabs were definitely a 4. Well cooked and decently seasoned, I couldn’t complain about them.

Since I’ve never eaten in at Ocean Grille, it would be unfair for me to give it a rating for atmosphere. I will say the people working there are friendly.

Overall, Ocean Grille gets a rating of 4. If the signs don’t pull you, take my recommendation and stop by. Small businesses like this need every dollar they can get.

The Best Crabs Seafood Co.

The Best Crabs Seafood Co.
143rd Street and Coastal Highway — Bayside

Actual Address:

14203 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, Md. 21842

1-410-250-7177

 

August 27, 2009

 

Rarely do I pop for a dozen jumbos, and I mean rarely. But there was something in the waterman’s voice that just said “just do it.” I was going to opt for a dozen and a half large at The Best Crabs. I’ve been going there for years and have never been disappointed.

 

The guy steaming the crabs said he had caught 3 to 4 bushels of jumbos in the Chester River and that they were “big and full.” Knowing my brother has just done the same thing recently in the Chester River – caught a couple of bushels of really big crabs – I knew the waterman wasn’t pulling one over on me.

 

What I wasn’t expecting was for the crabs to be so large and so full. Some of them measured in at 9+ inches. For size, these crabs easily ranked a 5. Seasoned with J.O. #2, each was as sweet as can be. Cooked to perfection and seasoned well, there is no question, these crabs rated as 5s. It was the first time this season that I truly said, “Hmm and awww” after the first crab.

 

Best Crabs is a carry-out, tucked away in Misty Cove Shopping Center, a strip of four stores. It does have two colorful outdoor tables, but be aware there is a 15 percent gratuity tacked on if you eat there. As a carry-out, its staff is always friendly and efficient. My preference is to go in rather than to call, only because you might get a better recommendation doing so. I certainly did. On value well, these jumbos did cost $95 for the baker’s dozen, but it was a baker’s dozen. Honestly, they were so big that a couple will end up being breakfast.

 

As for atmosphere, mine rated a 5. I sat on an oceanfront deck watching the waves, drinking a Sam Adams and cracking crabs. I can’t think of anything anymore wonderful, can you?

Cameron’s Seafood

Cameron’s Seafood

1655 Oxon Hill Road

Oxon Hill, Md. 20745-3124

301-749-7000

 

August 9, 2009

 

For years I’ve seen Cameron’s ads in food section of “The Washington Post,” but I’ve never tried any of their nine Maryland/D.C. locations. (They have a tenth location in Philadelphia.) The ad offered No.1 males for $18/dozen and No. 2 males for $8/dozen. No.1s are supposed to be the largest, meatiest crabs available. Common sense tells me that the No. 1s probably going to be the small, just based on the price. I’m OK with that. In my mind I’m thinking, “Small, meaty crabs will be good. Anything more and I’ll be impressed.”

 

Cameron’s offers a nice first impression as a clean carry-out with a fresh and frozen fish counter and individual meals. The crab cakes looked spectacular. On the Sunday afternoon that we visited, folks in their Sunday finest streamed in, placing their orders for meals. No crabs, just meals.

 

I expected to be hanging out for 15 or 20 minutes, waiting for the two dozen I ordered with my coupon. The wait – less that 5 minutes – should have tipped me off to something wrong. When the guy behind the counter asked me whether I wanted seasoning on the crabs, I, of course, said yes. Cameron’s sells its own seasoning, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to have a little extra on top.

 

On the drive home I dipped my finger into the crab bag not once but twice to taste the seasoning. Clearly I could taste the seasoning’s paprika. The prospect of some tasty crabs started to get me excited.

 

That excitement came to a near standstill when we dumped out the crabs on the dining room table. Water – lots of water – poured from the bag. I tried to convince myself that it was extra steam – from the bag. I knew better. As I opened the first crab, water poured from its insides. The same with the next — and the next — and the next. I kept thinking, “Maybe the next one will be better.”  That’s right. I had just wasted $36 on two dozen (really 29) mushy, tasteless crabs. Good thing I had the guy scoop extra seasoning all over them.

 

With pruned fingers I opened the last nine and decided the other way I could salvage this nasty crab moment would be turned what’s left into soup. Afterall, the seasoning was pretty good. Combined with some veggies in hot water, this will probably be the best thing that can happen to these crabs.

 

So what are the positives that came out of this experience? 1. I didn’t pay full price — $22/dozen. 2. I didn’t opt for three dozen, like I originally debated. On a scale of five, Cameron’s gets a two. One thing I know for sure – I won’t be going back.