Category Archives: Eastern Shore

Elliott’s Seafood

Elliott’s Seafood
10922 Adkins Road
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-5938
Facebook page: Elliott’s Seafood on Facebook
 
 
Aug. 22, 2016
 
 
After a kayaking trip down the Pocomoke River in Snow Hill, the desire for steamed crabs turned out to be a strong one, but they needed to come from somewhere different. Google and Facebook suggested Elliott’s Seafood in Berlin, close to Ocean Pines.
 
The long, red crab barn is located on Bill Elliott’s property, parallel to his home. There’s no question the crabs are local. The crab pots and bushel baskets are stacked up behind the long red barn that houses a freezer, steaming pots, office and customer service area.
 
Elliott catches the crabs himself south of Assateague and steams them up to order, seasoning them with J.O. Spice.
 
At this carry-out operation, a dozen mediums and larges cost $30 in late August. A half-bushel (four dozen, actually) cost $75.
 
The heavy half-bushel, packed in a vodka box, turns out to be just what he said it would be mediums and larges. Some are a little light. Some are extremely heavy. Seasoned well, these crabs made for several meals with some claws left over for soup.
 
Elliott’s makes the list of go-to places near Ocean City.

The Masthead at Pier Street Marina

The Masthead at Pier Street Marina

104 West Pier Street
Oxford, MD 21654
410-226-5171

 

August 13, 2011

 

For a nice afternoon, try the crabs at The Masthead at Pier Street Marina in Oxford, Md. There’s no question you’ll love the outdoor deck where the water at high tide might lap up and gently wet your feet.

 

The crabs are without question from Chesapeake Bay. On an August Saturday afternoon, we had the option of all-you-can-eat for $25 or the same crabs for $30 a dozen. This decision was an easy one since we were part of a large group getting together for an annual reunion – all-you-can-eat.

 

The crabs were mediums but decently full and well-seasoned, scoring a 3 on a scale of 5 for taste and a 4 for size. On a cloudy day, as we chatted with old friends and watched the 80th annual Oxford Regatta in the Tred Avon River, the atmosphere couldn’t have been better, a 5.

 

But, and there’s always a but, the one thing that always (and we go every year and it happens every time we’re there) that brings The Masthead down is its lousy service. How lousy, you ask? If you don’t get your drink order and crab order in right away, you never see your waitress again. One guy in our group never got his crabs, and when he asked about it, he was told to have some crabs off everybody else’s platters. When he sought out the waitress, we were able to get more crabs, but really, should you have to ask for more crabs when it’s all-you-can-eat? I could be more forgiving, but place wasn’t busy when we were there, and it definitely wasn’t understaffed.

 

If you go, don’t expect good service but do expect to have a good time with old friends at a lovely location. Because of the substandard service, The Masthead only gets a 3 for its overall rating.

 

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

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.