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Narrows

3023 Kent Narrows South, Grasonville, MD - (410) 827-8113
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/2/2009 8:38:00 AM
The Narrows is fancier than most Roadfood restaurants – rack of lamb or chicken Oscar, anyone? – and it is pricier – dinner easily can set you back $30 or more – but we would be remiss not to include it here as a service to all in search of great crab cakes and the less-appreciated local love, fried oysters. Both are serious destination eats.

These are the crabbiest possible crab cakes, meaning they taste like all crab and nothing but the crab, just minimally spiced and containing only enough filler to help the big, heavy white lumps of meat remain spherical. At the first touch of a fork, the sphere will fall apart, offering up bite-size forkfuls of glistening-moist inside meat as well as pieces from the outside that have facets that are light brown with a crisp edge. The oysters, known to Chesapeake Bay connoisseurs as white gold, are fried in a cornmeal veil, just enough to shore in all the juices that erupt as soon as teeth pierce the meat within.

Although the place is quite deluxe, it is in no way snooty or off-putting. Located on the water of the Kent Narrows, it offers diners an opportunity to look out at pleasure boats as well as working fishermen coming in with clams, crabs and oysters. For those far away who desperately crave a real crab cake, the Narrows offers "Crab Cake Express" service: crab cakes ready to cook and crab soup packed in dry ice and shipped overnight.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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There are bigger crab cakes, but none with bigger crab flavor. I thought I tasted dashes of lemon and pepper among the lumps, but the luxurious crab meat eclipsed all.
"There are bigger crab cakes, but none with bigger crab flavor. I thought I tasted dashes of lemon and pepper among the lumps, but the luxurious crab meat eclipsed all."
Michael Stern





As an alternative to crab cakes, Narrows offers an excellent Crab Imperial, with oysters baked along with the lump crab meat.
"As an alternative to crab cakes, Narrows offers an excellent Crab Imperial, with oysters baked along with the lump crab meat."
Cliff Strutz


Hail Caesar! The salad is fine; the optional oysters are sensational: juice-heavy, marine-sweet, each one a huge, savory mouth melt-down. And those onion rings on top? They should be looked at by the FDA as irresistibly addictive.
"Hail Caesar! The salad is fine; the optional oysters are sensational: juice-heavy, marine-sweet, each one a huge, savory mouth melt-down. And those onion rings on top? They should be looked at by the FDA as irresistibly addictive."
Michael Stern


Meals start with a basket of nice ciabatta rolls, served oven-warm.
"Meals start with a basket of nice ciabatta rolls, served oven-warm."
Michael Stern


Years ago, the Narrows offered open-air seating, but apparently marauding seagulls put an end to that. This glass-walled dining room provides a great waterside view.
"Years ago, the Narrows offered open-air seating, but apparently marauding seagulls put an end to that. This glass-walled dining room provides a great waterside view."
Michael Stern


In search of topnotch Maryland seafood, you won't do better than taking exit 42 off US 50/301 just east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and dining at The Narrows.
"In search of topnotch Maryland seafood, you won't do better than taking exit 42 off US 50/301 just east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and dining at The Narrows."
Michael Stern



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