Last week, both my girlfriend Mariton and I were craving crabs. So, we decided to make an impromptu weekend visit to Maryland. (While I am writing this, I am snacking on Berger's cookies!) I'm not going to bother to do a full trip report, because I don't have enough quality photos. Yeah, I'm a slacker! I may just write about a few of the places we ate at in the appropriate threads.
One of the places we visited was Waterman's Crab House
in Rock Hall, MD. There are a lot of places to eat crabs in Maryland, but we chose this place for three reasons.
1) They have steamed crabs.
2) You can sit outside overlooking the bay.
3) It appears in the latest Roadfood book.
This place is quite a hike from Baltimore. Once you cross the Bay Bridge, it still another 50 minute drive. We arrived around 3:30PM on Saturday and were seated on the back deck overlooking the water. The place was very busy, which is no surprise on an 80 degree sunny day.
Here is a view from the dock, which shows you just how close the outside deck is to the water and all the boats. It seems a lot of the people eating here came by boat.
And here is some of the view.
The specials board for lunch.
Since we came to eat steamed crabs, we ordered a dozen of the large. The waitress informed us that they also have jumbos, but we felt the larges would be plenty. Soon, the busboy stapled brown paper onto our table and the dozen crabs were dumped before us.
Nice looking, decent sized crabs!
I have to admit that I am generally not a fan of picking through steamed crabs. It is a lot of work, for not much reward. Like my cousin Johnny said, "I could starve to death eating this food". But the meat you do get out is delicious and of course, incredibly fresh. And it can be a lot of fun with the right people and the four of us definitely had a good time. It goes without saying that making a big mess and smelling of crabs the rest of the day is just part of the experience.
Here is Mariton enjoying her meal.
And here is Johnny and Mariton's daughter Emilou in between working the hammer and pick.
Since we needed other food to keep up our strength through all that labor, the ladies each got a half dozen raw oysters.
Johnny got the Maryland fried chicken.
I had a small piece and the chicken was properly juicy. Good, but not worth the drive alone. He also really liked his potato salad.
I got started with the cream of crab soup.
Nice and creamy, although there didn't seem to be very much crab itself in it. I also got a half rack of ribs/crabcake combo.
The ribs were fine, but nothing special. I also thought the crabcake
was above average, but the ladies swooned over it. They both thought it was superior to the ones we had the night before at G & M Restaurant
, but I have to strongly disagree.
We ended up being here so long, the specials board switched over to the dinner specials.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy some steamed crabs in a nice setting, Waterman's Crab House
is a fine choice.