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Where to Eat Crabs and Fresh Seafood on Delmarva This Summer

Katie Cherrix
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Maryland Blue Crabs are the unofficial mascot of the Eastern Shore. Seasoned heavily with Old Bay and dipped in hot butter, there's no better summertime treat than a pile of steaming hot crabs. Shrimp, clams, and oysters are also popular favorites. Here on the Delmarva Peninsula, we've got plenty of places where you can sit down for a nice seafood feast. Here are five local favorites you should check out this summer.

Five Places to Get Fresh Seafood on Delmarva

Ray's Shanty

Located in New Church, Virginia, you'll find this gem on the road that leads to Chincoteague Island. For 36 years, Ray's has been serving the Eastern Shore's residents and visitors fresh-caught, local seafood. According to Ray, "If you don't eat here, you're missing a Shore Thing." Most people who have eaten at the Shanty would agree. Whether you are craving steamed shrimp or crabby fries, Ray's is by far one of the best places to get your seafood fix on Delmarva. All the cocktail sauces hushpuppies, seasonings, and crab cakes served at Ray's are made in-house, fries are cut by hand, and tea is always brewed fresh.

The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

This interesting little seafood shack sits 26 miles North of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and has been in business for more than 25 years. With a reputation for delicious food and friendly staff members, locals and visitors of Delmarva love coming here year-round. On the menu, you'll find a mix of local and imported seafood. Dive into a plate of steamed, local clams or try the melt-in-your-mouth Ahi tuna entree. The Great Machipongo Clam Shack also has a market where you'll find fresh frozen seafood, local Virginia wines, hemp products, and gifts. Live entertainment is offered on weekend nights, so come by and experience the local talent while enjoying your meal.

The Village Restaurant

If you want to eat seafood while visiting Chincoteague, The Village Restaurant is the place to go. The restaurant is locally loved, and it's the go-to choice for S.V.F.D.'s annual banquet. The steaks are tender and juicy, and the crab imperial stuffed shrimp is a must-have. I personally loved the dining atmosphere. It was clean and bright with tasteful nautical accents. The Village Restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy an upscale meal paired with a glass of wine. If you have someone in your group who has a seafood allergy, the chicken parm and chicken penne pasta come highly recommended.

Old Mill Crab House

Moving up the Shore to Delaware, you'll find Old Mill Crab House. Sit down at a paper-covered table and order a big pile of steamed Maryland Blue Crabs. The restaurant does have other delicious options, but the crabs are what you are here for. Grab a mallet and bust those bad boys open to get to the rich, juicy meat that Maryland is famous for. Enjoy a glass of iced tea or order a bucket of beer to wash down the Old Bay. It's a Shore tradition. By the end of your meal, you'll be sitting in front of a pile of paper towels and crab shells, covered in Old Bay and butter. It doesn't get more Maryland than that. Best of all, you don't have to deal with the clean-up.

Linton's Crab House & Seafood Carry-Out

Located in Crisfield, Maryland, Linton's has the best steamed shrimp in town. It's the perfect place to enjoy a crab feast in Maryland because unlike most crab houses that are located in Ocean City, you don't have to fight insane tourist traffic to get there. The restaurant is conveniently located on Route 413, and you'll be able to enjoy your meal in a clean, climate-controlled setting. Fresh oysters, locally-harvested clams, and Maryland soft crabs are always on the menu.

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