The number of times my cousins and I have almost fallen into the canal while crabbing behind our home on the Eastern Shore is probably too many times to count. The number of crabs we have caught on long summer days is undoubtedly the same. Every summer for as long as I can remember, we spend time on the Eastern Shore. On the Delmarva, Maryland Crabs create a way of life for most of the year. For us, it was always with Old Bay in the backyard on sweet summer days.
The Eastern Shore is lined with crab shacks and offerings for every appetite. We all have our favorites.
At the Red Roost in Whitehaven they have the “All U Can Eat / Enjoy.” (Keyword there is “enjoy” — I know of a 15-year-old boy who once attempted to rival that condition.) The former chicken house is complete with picnic tables, creating a relaxed environment and no need to be concerned about getting messy!
Sitting outside at On the Bay Seafood in Ocean City, with their patio covered in sand, it is basically like eating on the beach. The soft shell crab is hand shed and offered in crab clusters — deep fried soft shell crab. Don’t forget to try the Maryland Crab soup.
Check out the full list of Where to Eat and Stay Along Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the August issue.