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Tim’s II at Fairview Beach

Tim’s II at Fairview Beach

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.






Bruce’s Seafood


Bruce’s Seafood

8624 Courthouse Rd.
Spotsylvania, VA. 22553




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.