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February 27th, 2011

Crab Bag, Restaurant, Review, Crab House, Ocean City, Maryland, Natty Bohs?, Steamed Crabs, Haven!!



By early afternoon, yesterday, we knew we were going to eat crabs.  Years ago there was a small crab house in Ocean City, Maryland that we loved to go.  As it happens, it was falling all around them.  Anyway, that’s what Nolan, the owner, told me last night.  In the past few years it was rebuilt into one amazing crab house.  You can smell Old Bay seasoning as you approach the restaurant.

The Crab Bag is located at 13005 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD.  Tel. is 410-250-3337.  It opens at 9:00 a.m. serving breakfast and even though it is a full crab house, they offer so many other things to eat; seafood, steaks, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads.  Their website is but it is under construction at the moment.  You can still go on it and download their menu.  You can also find them on Facebook.


I really go there for the crabs.  It has been quite some time since I had been there.  Crabs, at this time of the year, are coming pretty much from Louisiana.  Last night they were offering all you can eat or you could order by the dozen.  I ordered by the dozen; only the biggest ones.  Crabs are also expensive during these months, but every single table was taken at the Crab Bag. 

The Crab Bag has two floors with decks and outdoor dining, as well.  It is February so everyone was indoors.  


There is nothing better than picking crabs in a crab house.  It is loud, people are hammering away, drinking; a constant chatter.  It is the perfect way to establish conversation.  Your hands are fast working, grabbing those lumps of crab meat.

But then, of course, if you are a true Baltimorean, then there is no better way to accompany those steamed, extra large crabs than with a Natty Boh.  It has to be very cold too.  Frosted glass, the best!!


Natty Bohs (National Bohemian) is back in Baltimore after a 15 year absence.  Steamed crabs and Natty Bohs define Baltimore.  It has always been a tradition.


We sat on the second level and that had another full bar but not as many tables.  Mike was our waiter and he was busy.  He was very good; attentive and fast. 


We started with some steamed clams; middle necks, chargrilled with fresh shallots, celery, green peppers, spices, Parmesan cheese and bacon.  They were tasty and went fast.


Then our crabs arrived, steaming hot.  Mike asked us if we wanted vinegar, melted butter, and Old Bay.  My answer?  All of the above.


We dug into the crabs; they were heavy, juicy and sweet!!  Perfection.  To me, there is nothing like the Maryland blue crab.  Not in season?  Then, this is the next best thing.


Some steamed corn complemented the crabs.  The corn was nice and sweet for this time of the year.  Don’t know where it was coming from, though.


Nolan, the owner, stopped by to see how everything was.  It really was very good and the service was the best.  No complaints. 



We left the Crab Bag, still full of customers enjoying what the Delmarva Peninsula is known for. We told Nolan that we had come to get our crab fix for the week-end.  He in turn told us that there are people that stop by 2 times a week for crabs.  Cannot get enough!!!  I agree because I can’t either.


See you later...

See you later...

Talk to you soon….you know I will….

September 3rd, 2010

The Surfing Crab, Crab House, Restaurant, Bar, Review, Lewes, Delaware Beaches



Last Wednesday I had a great day.  I went to visit Cuca, one of my Puerto Rican childhood friends, in Philadelphia.  Spent the day.  Our visits feel like years have not gone by, and believe me in reality, they have.

After getting caught in a nice traffic jam or as they would say in Puerto Rico, “tapon”, my mind kept wondering to the crab house I went at the beginning of the summer.  At that time I thought they were very good. 


I figured, why not, what’s another day without a home-cooked meal?  There have been plenty, believe me.


The Surfing Crab, Restaurant & Bar is located on 16723 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE 19958, just north of Lewes; and a short drive from Rehoboth Beach.  The tel. is 302-644-4448.  The website is Hours of operation: Mondays – Thursdays from 12 – 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 11 p.m. and Sundays, 12 – 10 p.m.

Plenty of parking available. I called and reserved a dozen large crabs.  There is nothing better than to pick a juicy, fat, hot crab on a summer night.


The traditional bar is located as you come in; to the sides there are 2 eating areas; the ever present long tables ready for crab picking.



The Surfing Crab offers blue crabs, shrimp, fish, oysters, salads and a children’s menu.

A board is posted with all the daily specials.  If by any chance anyone in your group does not eat crabs or even seafood, there are a few items on the menu that would be perfect like linguini with roasted garlic tomato and fresh basil sauce, blackened chicken breast with a Cajun-rub, or you can make the salad a meal.100_4371

Sandwiches; crab cake, soft shell crab, and the ever present burger are on the menu, as well.

I have ordered their deviled eggs and are very good.  It seems that deviled eggs are back on demand; they are in every restaurant. 

On Wednesday I started with a salad with blue cheese dressing and it was a pretty good size one. 


Finally, the crabs arrived.  Oh yes, they were hot and heavy.  Easy picking. 


Other people came in for crabs and because the way tables in many of the crab houses are set up, you get to talk to other fellow diners.  They were vacationing from Washington; staying in Lewes.  So, of course, I told them about the blog and bla bla bla; out the business card came and new friends were made.

Yes, a hot summer night before the last big summer week-end of the summer season, as we know it, here at the Delaware Beaches.


Have a great week-end; the weather will get better, it always does….oh, I forgot….talk to you later…

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