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Tim’s II at Fairview Beach

Tim’s II at Fairview Beach

5411 Pavilion Drive

King George, VA 22485

540-775-7500

 

June 29, 2013

 

Don’t go for the crabs. Go for the atmosphere. I had, I wouldn’t call it high hopes, just hope that the crabs at Tim’s II at Fairview Beach would be better than the original Tim’s.

 

Tim’s II gets a five out of five for atmosphere, but that’s about it. Sitting on the deck at Fairview, you are right on the river. It’s easy to get mesmerized by the scene – boats just anchored in the Potomac River and families enjoying themselves. On a sunny day it’s fantastic to soak up the rays and just kick back.

 

While it bills itself as a crabhouse, the first tipoff not to get the crabs should have been that nobody else was eating the crabs. They were drinking and eating sandwiches.

 

Tipoff two should have been that nobody knew from where the crabs came. One answer, the Chesapeake. Another answer, I don’t know. Third answer, I’m not sure. Virginia, maybe. The fourth answer, the Potomac. The last answer came after I asked the waitress to ask the people in the kitchen or the manager.  My best guess is the last answer was the most accurate, based on the small size and taste.  The crabs were small and very lightly seasoned.

 

Of course, the waitress, cute as she was, left me wondering whether she ever cracked a crab. When you have to ask for a mallet or something with which to open the crabs, and the waitress’ response is something to the effect of, “I’ll have to look around,” it really leaves you feeling the place is clueless.

 

Once the waitress offered up a dowel to crack the crabs, we basically never saw her again. It’s a good thing I didn’t order the all-you-can-eat, or I’d still be sitting there waiting for her to come back. No drink refills. No, is everything OK. If the place had been packed, I could have excused the lack of service, but it wasn’t.

 

If you go, enjoy the view but spend your money on something other than the crabs.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse

Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse
1510 Cherry Hill Road
Dumfries, Va. 22026-2939
703-441-1375

 

Reviewed: June 20, 2009

 

OK, the tone and attitude of the teenaged hostess turned out to be a big heads up as to how the evening at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant would go. As she took us to our seats, I asked her, “So where are the crabs from?” Her clueless answer: “I don’t follow crabs. The bay, maybe?”

 

Tim’s, get a clue. Train the young waif. She’s your first line of defense. The eating out experience is supposed to be enjoyable, not annoying. She should know what you’re serving. The answer from the less clueless, but nameless waitress: North Carolina.

 

Now, over the years, I’ve been to Tim’s with mixed results. This time, the results were, well, not positive.

 

There’s always a crowd at Tim’s. Some boat in, while others drive in on a windy, undeveloped road, a rarity in Prince William County. Tim’s hasn’t been overdeveloped like other areas of Dumfries, although development is coming closer and closer. For ambience, the outdoor seating and bars, live music and great boating scenery rate a 4 on a scale of 5.

 

There was a wait for outdoor seating, so we opted for a wonderful, riverfront window table inside. It would have been nice had it been wiped down. I thought it was just me, until I saw somebody else at another table lay down paper towels so he could put his hands on the table to avoid the stickiness. Tim’s, here’s a hint: Wipe the tables down. It will reduce the number of flies.

 

The crabs, I will admit, were fresh and seasoned decently. But they rate only a 2 on a scale of 5. First, it was early in the evening and the $40/dozen larges had already sold out. What the restaurant called mediums certainly didn’t look or feel medium, even for $36/dozen. I would have hated to see the regulars. The kitchen managed to drop one of the 12, so a full dozen didn’t make it to the table. Once all 12 did make it, we wondered out loud — what happened? Twelve crabs should come with 24 claws. OK, maybe a few less. Our count: 12 crabs, 4 claws.  A dozen crabs later and the two of us are still hungry. Sadly, going into the restaurant, we weren’t that hungry to begin with.

 

The waitress was honest enough to tell us about the dropped crab and to make sure crab No. 12 came out to us. She also kept the drinks coming, even if they were non-alcoholic.

 

From the looks of things, that’s why people were there – the drinks. It’s an enjoyable, relaxing setting, complete with tiki torches, American flags, plastic seating and a little sandy beach. One moment you can be watching a train roll by. The next you’re watching Tim’s pontoon boat shuttle people from their boats to the restaurant’s dock.

 

Ladies, if you’re not coming off a boat to the restaurant, make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes. Tim’s literally is next to the train tracks. Get there too late and you will be walking the tracks to get from the backup parking lot to the restaurant.

 

If you head there, opt for the outdoor seating. It’s worth the wait. Inside, you can’t hear the live music, although you will get a kick out of the beachy scenes painted on the wood floors and the tin advertising signs on the ceiling. The location is the winner at Tim’s, not the crabs. I’m hopeful the next time we’re there that the food will surpass my now already low expectations.