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July 13, 2011 / erostositko

Maryland’s Eastern Shore

My cousin, Jenn, lives in Baltimore, but grew up boating on the Lehigh River. Last year, her parents decided to bring their boat down to the Chesapeake Bay. If you’ve never been on the water down there, check out the map, which gives you an idea of the countless inlets, wharfs and marinas to explore.

On Sunday of July 4th weekend, we ventured by boat to St. Michael’s, a quaint town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

On the Chesapeake Bay side of the peninsula you’ll find picturesque Eastern Shore towns in every nook and cranny. St Michaels, Easton, Chestertown, Cambridge and Crisfield are some of the best known.

After reading this article in Travel + Leisure about America’s best waterfront seafood shacks, we docked the boat at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and decided to have a late lunch at The Crab Claw.

Having been to a few crab houses in Maryland, they don’t differ much. This place had all the usual standards – oysters, clams, hardshells, softshells, crab cakes, king crab legs and a selection of sides.

We shared the crab balls and oysters casino as appetizers, and I got the crab cake sandwich, and decided to skip the bun. It came with fries and coleslaw, which is a good value for $14. (The platter was something like $22 for basically the same thing and a salad.) The crab cake–like the crab balls, which are basically mini crab cakes–was full of jumbo lump crab meat and no filler. A sprinkle of their house made Old Bay-type spice blend added the perfect touch to the cake and the fries.

I wonder where our next boat adventure will take us and what blog-worthy food we will encounter?

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