Where to Eat in Ocean City, Maryland

During your vacation to Ocean City, Maryland I presume you will be sampling the cuisine of the Eastern Shore at some of our Ocean City restaurants. As a life long Ocean City native, I am in position to point you in the right direction if you are looking for some of the best food in town. It seems appropriate to start with seafood since we are right here beside the waves of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. You simply must try Maryland Crabs while you visit Ocean City.

Many restaurants in the area offer all-you- can-eat Maryland crabs. I have been to every crab house in town and the best three, in my humble opinion,  are Hoopers, a rustic crab barn at the west end of the Route 50 bridge overlooking the waters near the inlet, the famous Bahama Mama’s, with its superior views of the bay, and Assateague Crab House, which is about ten minutes outside Ocean City but well worth the drive. The atmosphere at Hoopers is why I love it there, not to belittle the seafood, which is also great. Bahama Mama’s in on my top three simply because their crabs are huge and delicious and this is coming a crab “junky” from Maryland! I like Assateague Crab House because I think of if it as a classic “mom-and-pop country crab joint“ that has great crabs and their all-you-can-eat offer is unbeatable. They offer A.U.C.E. Maryland crabs, Snow crabs, shrimp, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, and fries all for a very reasonable price. These are all great; definitely check one out if you are in the mood for seafood– which is abundant in addition to the crabs.

For food from the land, I have also sampled most of what Ocean City has to offer during my lifetime here. For Italian food, make reservations at Adolpho’s at the inlet. This little gem of a restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining literally just a few feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Their pastas are exquisite and they have a great selection of fine wines.  In addition, for Mexican, you cannot, in my opinion, beat La Hacienda located on 81st street. Be sure to order their queso, which is the best I have ever tasted.

For the finest BBQ ribs on the planet check out J.R.’s . I speak from experience when I say that the ribs there are absolutely mouthwatering, smothered in a smoky, hickory, BBQ sauce that puts all others to shame. They are positively addicting and I often find myself ordering a second rack after the first is picked clean.

For casual dining over the bay or ocean, a few places stand out in my mind. BJ’s on 75th street has indoor dining as well as outdoor dining on their deck looking over the Assawoman Bay. The bar looks out right over the bay and they have a wonderful light fare menu in addition to an extensive lunch and dinner menu. If you would rather have, a view of the Atlantic Ocean while dining then visit Harrison’s Harbor Watch at the inlet in downtown Ocean City. In addition to the great food and drinks, the Harbor Watch offers one of the very best views of the inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.

If you plan to feast at the boardwalk, I can point you in the right direction as well. I will, in all honesty, vouch that Thrashers make the greatest French fries in the entire world. I cannot even explain the fries to you; words would never do them justice. You will have to check them out for yourself and, yes, they are worth the wait in line.

For some good Eastern Shore chicken, you must go to Dayton’s Famous Fried Chicken, just a block from Thrashers on the boardwalk. Dayton’s is a long time Ocean City favorite that once you try you will go back   again and again.

Please do not forget to try Ocean City’s famous boardwalk gyros, popcorn, candy apples, and salt-water taffy. These are all available up and down the boardwalk and are an Ocean City, Maryland tradition.

There are many more places to eat far beyond what I have mentioned here. As far as dining goes, Ocean City has a great selection of restaurants with every food, ambiance and price range available. From chicken and fries on the famous boardwalk to crabs on a dock overlooking the bay at sunset –Ocean City has something for everyone. After decades of eating in this town, I am confident you will enjoy my recommendations and more are to come. I hope to see you in Ocean City. THANKS FOR READING!

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