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The Crab Claw

Route 33 West, St. Michaels, MD - (410) 745-2900
Posted By Val Budd on 12/10/2007 7:13:00 PM
Four of us ordered. The only palatable meal were the crab claws my son ordered. My other son said the fried clams were good but not great. I made the mistake of ordering the Fisherman Platter. That usually means fried food. The waitress guided me this way because I was looking for both a crab cake and soft-shelled crabs. The crab cake was marginal, the fried fish was way overcooked, the soft-shelled crab was burnt and had been chiseled out of the pan. My wife's broiled flounder was salty and also overcooked. Red Lobster or Mrs. Paul's would have been much better.

To top it off, at the end of the meal we were informed that they do not take credit cards, not mentioned anywhere. The excuse by the waitress was that the "B" team was cooking on this very busy Friday night since the "A" team was at a softball tournemant. Too bad they didn't just shut down for a couple of days.

If you choose to go here stick with the steamed crab.

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