4665 Indian Head Hwy.
Indian Head, MD 20640
Facebook page: Grinder’s on Facebook
July 30, 2016
After a nearly 16-mile bike ride in Southern Maryland, the four of opted to venture into Grinder’s Seafood, not knowing what to expect.
From the outside, it looks like a dive bar, just a red brick building across the highway from a Dollar Tree and a Super 8 motel.
Inside, it’s a small, bright, clean place decorated with a crab theme. Clearly, this is a locals joint. Small booths and tables are lined with brown paper awaiting hungry crab eaters. Crab eaters are given buckets for their shells and provided two types of vinegar. Off to one side of the restaurant is a party room that was set up for a birthday.
The afternoon we were there, Grinder’s had mediums for $40/dozen and larges for $60/dozen and deals on females. And, the restaurant was advertising snakehead bites as a local delicacy.
We opted for a dozen mediums. You order at the counter and the crabs are brought to your table. The odd thing the person taking the order didn’t do was to give us our drinks right away. They came with the meal, something I can’t say I’ve ever encountered before.
The crabs, caught in the nearby Potomac River, varied in weight. I’d love to tell you with what they were season, but our friendly, young server didn’t know and didn’t ask anyone. She thought Old Bay, but it tasted more like J.O. seasoning and had rock salt in it.
As we waited for our crabs to be cooked, our friend’s alligator sandwich, snakehead bites and fries came out, and so did our corn fritters. The gator sandwich wasn’t anything my friend would rave about, but of course, her brother catches alligators for fun. The snakehead bites were interesting, and the fries came with crab seasoning on them, catching the woman who ordered them off-guard.
Now, the corn fritters (and, I’m not a fritter fan) were excellent. I’m sorry we didn’t order more.
I found the crabs tasty and overall quite good. One of my companions, who may be more particular about his crabs than I am, thought they were overcooked. I saw no signs of the crabs being steamed for too long. Not a one was mushy. As for the price, it seemed about right for the time of the year.
Grinder’s gets high marks as a casual place to crack a few crabs with friends and for its clean bathroom, something that can never be under-rated.