Old Mill Crabhouse
125th Street – Bayside
12407 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Md. 21842
UPDATE – May 2011: Sadly, Old Mill in Ocean City won’t reopen. Delmar location is open.
Reviewed: May 22, 2009
This is the second Old Mill location. Eastern Shore locals are familiar with the Delmar, Del. location, a popular haunt known for its all-you-can-eat meals.
Perhaps it’s the newness, but the O.C. location offers up a better impression in the old Doughroller Restaurant on 125th Street. With Parkay and rolls of paper towels at every table, the décor is a typical all-you-can-eat set up – booths and long tables, great for a big family get-together.
On our May 22, 2009 visit – grand opening night – night two of the restaurant actually being opened, the place had a few kinks to work out. The hostess sat us in a section of the restaurant where we were the only ones there, but at a table with an already full trash can. Management then decided it didn’t need to open up that part of the restaurant. The front section wasn’t even half full yet. The place was beaming with new summertime employees milling around waiting for the Memorial weekend crowds.
The server encouraged the all-you-can-eat deal at $33 (crabs, fried chicken, fried shrimp, clam crisps, corn and hush puppies), but since we remembered having that at the Delmar location and getting stuffed on everything else, we opted for just a dozen regulars.
Whether both of us misheard the waiter or he misspoke, we’ll never know. We heard $45 for a dozen. It actually was $55. There were no larges. Jumbos were $75 a dozen that night. Hint: Get the all-you-can-eat deal and tell them to only serve you only the crabs. At least that’s what I plan to do the next time I’m there. It’ll save a couple of bucks.
The crab quality rates up there – a solid 4 on a scale of 5. These were genuine Maryland crabs and fresh, too. The delivery truck was still there when we arrived. Packed with well-cooked meat and seasoned with Old Bay, these tasty gems went down easily. Regretfully, they all didn’t have claws. We’re told they’re the same ones as the all-you-can-eat, and a glance at other tables confirmed it.
The service was friendly, a 3 on a scale of 5. Once the logistics are perfected, there’s no question Old Mill’s Ocean City location will pack them in. The question will be: Will all of the crabhouses in that stretch of North O.C. – Old Mill, Higgins and Bahama Mama’s – be able to survive? We’ll see.