5411 Pavilion Drive
King George, VA 22485
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.