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The Crab Claw

Route 33 West, St. Michaels, MD - (410) 745-2900
Posted By Tommy Saunders on 6/7/2008 12:41:00 PM
The Crab Claw is one of my favorite places, and has been for years. But, like anywhere else, you have to know what to order and when.

I am a big fan of their steamed crabs but, like everywhere else, they have become pricey. If I want a quick meal, the fried shrimp are terrific: plump and nicely fried. I think the crab imperial is the best around. It is loaded with crabmeat and the imperial sauce is not overly rich, as it can be at many restaurants. They have lobster and crab leg specials during the week that are good bargains as well.

The meals are served with a good side salad; I like their very sweet coleslaw too. Ask them if they made their chocolate muffins (sometimes they come in the bread basket) and save them for a small dessert.

They have an ATM if you need cash, plus they will gladly take a personal check. Not as convenient as credit, to be sure, but not unmanageable either.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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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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