Saturday, June 14, 2014

Blue Crab

The Blue Crab in Bethany Beach, Delaware is a family owned restaurant which first opened during the summer of 2004, and offers all-you-can-eat crabs and seafood just 2 blocks from the boardwalk.  Keith and I were in Bethany Beach for the weekend, and visited Blue Crab for dinner.

 We had a great sunny day at the beach, and wanted to soak up as much of this gorgeous humid-free weather as possible, so we sat outside on the front patio with a great view of the boardwalk.  I started off with a cocktail called John Daly, made with lemonade and sweet tea-flavored vodka.  It was delicious!  This fun play on the Arnold Palmer can also be made with regular tea and lemonade and then a shot of plain vodka.  But the flavored vodka was dangerously good, and made for a perfect summer cocktail.

For my meal, I chose one of the house specialties, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes.  They can be prepared broiled or fried, and I chose broiled.  They come with choice of side and I picked hush puppies and cole slaw.  The crab cakes were full of meat, but seasoned a little blandly.  A remoulade sauce was provided on the side, as well as Old Bay on the table, but I am used to more flavor being in the cakes themselves.  The cole slaw was classic and the hush puppies were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, dusted with powdered sugar.

Keith chose the all-you-can-eat Blue Crab Feast that came with steamed blue crabs, corn on the cob, Delaware fried chicken and hush puppies.  Though no sharing is allowed, I snuck a bite of fried chicken and found it to be very salty.  The crabs were covered in salt and Old Bay and were medium-sized.  Initially 8 crabs came out on a platter, but our server constantly checked in to see if he wanted a refill.  She would see if he wanted more chicken, drink refills, fresh crabs from the steamer, anything, which was very good service.

All in all, we had a nice seafood dinner at the Blue Crab.  Service is friendly and laid back - you certainly are not rushed, which is always nice.  The crabs were fresh and a nice portion of meals was provided.  If crabs aren't your thing, their sister restaurant, the Oyster House, is conveniently located right next door.

Total Rating: 3.78
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 4.5, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
broiled, with hush puppies and cole slaw

Plus Keith ate:
The Blue Crab Feast
Steamed blue crabs, corn on the cob, Delaware fried chicken and hush puppies

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