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The Crab Claw

Route 33 West, St. Michaels, MD - (410) 745-2900
Posted By Mark Hacala on 3/13/2008 2:49:00 PM
A huge disappointment. The crab cakes are more boring, and have more filler, than any I have ever had in Maryland. And at $21 for two (8/07), they are horrifically overpriced for what they are.

We have not had the steamed crabs, but nothing that we did have tasted fresh. Surprisingly, in an area surrounded by farms and fresh produce, virtually everything seems like prepackaged institutional food: Kraft tartar sauce packets, green beans and apple sauce that taste canned, vegetables that taste packaged.

We had a friendly waitress, who informed us at the end of the meal that the Crab Claw doesn't accept credit cards. That isn't posted clearly as you enter, though. The restaurant seems to me to be more interested in making money than in serving good food.

Recommendation: eat at the Crab & Steak instead!

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On the day of our visit, only medium-sized crabs were available.  According to the menu,
"On the day of our visit, only medium-sized crabs were available. According to the menu, "If he don't kick - we don't cook!""
Cliff Strutz





Smith Island Cake is Maryland's official state dessert and The Crab Claw serves an excellent version.
"Smith Island Cake is Maryland's official state dessert and The Crab Claw serves an excellent version."
Cliff Strutz


The crab dog is similar to a corn dog, but dipped in a spicy crab batter.  Although an interesting novelty item, this probably won't be sweeping the nation anytime soon.
"The crab dog is similar to a corn dog, but dipped in a spicy crab batter. Although an interesting novelty item, this probably won't be sweeping the nation anytime soon."
Cliff Strutz


This is a deep-fried hard-shelled crab.  An amazing sight, but basic steamed (unfried) crabs are what put The Crab Claw on the map.
"This is a deep-fried hard-shelled crab. An amazing sight, but basic steamed (unfried) crabs are what put The Crab Claw on the map."
Michael Stern


The placemat comes with instructions for novices on how to extract the sweet crab meat.
"The placemat comes with instructions for novices on how to extract the sweet crab meat."
Cliff Strutz


Although there is indoor seating, how could you not sit outside next to the water?
"Although there is indoor seating, how could you not sit outside next to the water?"
Cliff Strutz


A scenic dining destination (by car or boat) along the Eastern Shore
"A scenic dining destination (by car or boat) along the Eastern Shore "
Michael Stern



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