Great Day Trips 2011: The Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels, MD

Waterfront dining doesn’t get better than this

The whole family can feast on crabs at the Crab Claw Restaurant. Photograph by Erik Uecke, Illustrations by Alli Arnold

The Crab Claw Restaurant
304 Mill St. at Navy Point, St. Michaels, Md.

Waterfront dining in crab country doesn’t get better than the Crab Claw in St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Reserve a table on the deck overlooking the water, where picnic tables stocked with rolls of paper towels set the stage for a crab-cracking feast.

Order a classic meal of steamed blue crabs, coleslaw, onion rings, and a pitcher of Crab Claw Ale.

After eating, stroll past fishing boats, yachts, and skipjacks along the harbor. Cross a footbridge and you’re in the heart of picturesque St. Michaels, where you can stop by Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour (106 St. Talbot St.; 410-745-0024) for a creamsicle shake or an espresso. At Flamingo Flats (100 S. Talbot St.; 410-745-2053), a shop devoted to sauces of all kinds, pick up some Chesapeake Fire, a locally made hot sauce spiked with Wild Goose beer.

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