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Best of Ocean City 2021 Crabcakes

“Crabcakes and football. That’s what Maryland does!” If you’ve seen the movie “Wedding Crashers,” then you know this familiar line. It might be cliche,  but Maryland, and specifically Ocean City, does crabcakes oh-so-well. Let’s take a look at the nominees for Best of Ocean City 2021: Crabcakes.

The Shrimp Boat

Celebrating 30 years as the local’s favorite seafood market in Ocean City, The Shrimp Boat on Rt 611 in West Ocean City continues to offer fresh shrimp, blue crabs, and a wide array of other seasonal favorites straight from the boat. Their restaurant, Captain Joe’s, combines the fresh seafood from their market with the best local produce to create Ocean City’s most unique and economical experience.

Their bar sells draft, bottles and specialty brews, with a great choice of craft beer including Dogfish Head on tap, and Fin City and Dogfish Head in bottles. They also offer wine by the glass or bottle.

The Shrimp Boat also offers several Catering and Party Options, have indoor and outdoor dining, and do carry out and delivery.

The Shrimp Boat’s crab cakes

Harpoon Hanna’s

“Harpoon Hannas was built in 1983 by Mr. Frank Hanna.

Over the past 30 years Harpoon Hanna’s has been recognized for numerous awards including the prestigious “Top 100 Restaurants in the USA” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine.

Harpoon Hanna’s has a legendary reputation for serving the freshest fish and seafood available. Certified Angus beef, all-you-can-eat crab legs, baby back ribs, poultry, pasta and children’s selections round out their menu.

The past 30 years has brought many changes but one thing remains the same. Harpoon Hanna’s is a family restaurant. Our focus is to remain an affordable, casual restaurant while also offering the highest quality food and beverages available. Friendly and efficient service has been the foundation of our success and our management staff is always available for any suggestions or concerns.”

Harpoon Hanna’s crab cakes

“Rated in the Top 100 Restaurants in the USA, Harpoon Hanna’s has been in business for over 30 years serving the freshest fish, seafood, steaks, chicken dishes, pasta, certified Angus beef, Alaskan snow crab legs, BBQ baby back ribs, and our famous coconut and blueberry muffins and breads.”

Crab Alley

According to their Facebook page, “Crab Alley opened in 1984 on 9th Street in Ocean City, Maryland. Offering the freshest seafood anywhere in town, it was a favorite spot of locals and tourists alike. It resided there until 1994 when a fire on the boardwalk burned down the original building.

Yummy Maryland Crab Cakes!
In May of 1995, Crab Alley reopened in West Ocean City overlooking the commercial fishing harbor. Our new location offers the same superior quality seafood and service with plenty of free parking, a fresh seafood market, more seating and a great view from our outdoor deck.”

Coins Pub

Since we’re talking about the Best of Ocean City 2021 crabcakes, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Coins Pub on Philadelphia Avenue. From their Facebook page: “Since 1985; Coins is a Welcoming, Family Friendly place for Homemade Food – our famous MD Crab Cake, “No Mumbo, Just Jumbo”; Hand Cut Steaks; Fresh, Local Fish, Scallops & Shrimp! Pasta, Soups, Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Appetizers & Full Bar!”
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Mouthwatering crabcakes from Coins Pub. Photo Credit: Coins Pub.

Crabcake Factory USA

The Crabcake Factory is known for its World Famous Crabcakes, its Over the Top Breakfast and its Outrageous Bloody Marys. There are two locations, on 120th street in Ocean City, and on Rt 54 in Fenwick Island. Both are open year round.

Served with a side of fries and slaw.
Well, don’t miss your chance to vote for the Best of Ocean City 2021. What’s your favorite crabcake in Ocean City? Post your pictures and please let us know in the comments below!
Jack Bradley
Jack Bradley
Jack Bradley is a contributor to Oceancity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com and works as an Academic Counselor at Delaware Technical Community College. He assists students with academic advisement, teaches first year seminars, manages the food pantry, and serves as advisor for the Alpha Zeta Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Community College Honor Society. An English major at the College of the Holy Cross, Jack has always loved to write and is grateful for the opportunity to be a contributor to this site. He received an an M.B.A. from Clark University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware. When he is not working or writing, he can be found out and about in Ocean City and surrounding towns, enjoying the amazing attractions they have to offer.

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