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Cruisin OC

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

We’ve been going to Cruisin OC for 15 years now and have always had a great time. This year was no different. Wednesday evening, we drove into Ocean City and had decided to go to Nicks for ribs, but driving past the Bonfire we saw that they had the buffet for $19.99 that night, so we opted for that since we always enjoy the Bonfire.  Well, turns out that the whole western side of OC was out of power from 120th St. to the police station and the Bonfire wasn’t seating anyone. So we opted to try Embers, and they had the same special, so we had dinner there. Embers comes in number 2 on my list for buffets in OC, Bonfire being number 1.  I don’t care for the way Ember’s is set up. Plus they serve YOU the crab legs, rather than letting you get your own or as many as you want. Plus the butter is in another place away from the legs, and where they sat us, we had to really walk far for the food. But the food was all hot, and fresh.  The crab legs were fairly meaty and the prime rib was very tasty, as was everything we ate.  So we left very satisfied. Thursday morning when we checked out of the Bedtime Inn, we drove across the road to the outlets to the Subway there and had breakfast sandwiches. They were very good!  I had the double bacon/egg and cheese flatbread and my hubby had the steak and egg 6″.  Both were tasty and  I’d eat them again.  Then for supper, we walked a block to Anthony’s Roast Beef on 17th St.  We had never tried there, but it was close and sounded good, so why not? Let me tell you………..if you’ve never eaten here………….GO!  I was expecting a roast beef sandwich similar to Arby’s, but instead they hand carve real roast beef and stack it on these delicious buns and they put on whatever you want, including barbecue sauce.  I would bet that each sandwich weighed over 1/2 lb.  So big that I had a hard time getting my mouth around it!  And I ordered a medium fry………………HUGE!!  A medium is like an extra large at Thrashers! Delicious with skins on, lightly salted. Yum.  Hubby had to finish my sandwich………..it was just too much for me! The sandwiches are only $6.95 each!  And the potatoes were $4.98.  Cheap dinner but you get tons for the money!  Will definitely go back there.

Friday we had decided not to leave the hotel since we had concert tickets and reservations at the Captain’s Table for 4:30. We walked to Dunkin Donuts for some breakfast. Good doughnuts and coffee. Lunch was Subway which is right next to the HI. Nothing to report here. Standard Subway subs. Although I had their new chicken salad and it was okay. Not great, but not bad either. For dinner, we used our gift certificates that we got with my sand dollars on this forum, and went to the Captain’s Table. One word…………………AMAZING!! We didn’t need reservations, but since it was Cruise In weekend and we had concert tickets, we decided to eat early enough to get to get cleaned up and ready and still get to the concert in time.  This restaurant is very, very nice.  Beautiful ambiance inside, bright and cheerful, exceptionally clean, so brightly decorated in a more modern style.  The hostess was very friendly and smiled and showed us our table.  There was only one other person in the restaurant aside from two people at the bar.  We had a nice seat by the window, and our waitress came over right away and took our drink orders. We looked over the menu and both decided to order the scampi style new york strip steak.  I ordered the house salad with the bleu cheese vinagarette dressing and hubby got the Ceasar. Both were very good, and the vinagarette dressing was outstanding. Now, having ordered NY strips in other restaurants over the years, and being in a more upscale place, we were both expecting a small steak and it came with three shrimp scampi.  Well, when those steaks came, both of our chins dropped. HUGE steaks, about an inch thick, and the most tender, delicious steak I’ve ever eaten in my life.  The shrimp was gigantic and had such a delicious flavor.  The bread that they served was a mini loaf, roasted and hard and crusty on the outside, but so warm and tender on the inside.  YUMMY!  We were way too full for dessert after dinner. And the bill for the two of us was $63.00. We spent $100 in March at Harrison’s Harbor Watch for steak and lobster, and it wasn’t on any level equal to the Captain’s Table. 

Saturday, for breakfast, we stayed and ate at the Coral Reef inside the HI.  We had 2 eggs, 2 pancakes, bacon (sausage for hubby) and juice and coffee for a little over $20.00.  Very good too. Very attentive wait staff.

I had a $35.00 gift certificate for Phillip’s and we decided to go to the one on 141st St.  I can’t for the life of me understand why people rave about this place. It’s awful!  For us, it’s on the scale of Paul Revere’s.  Only thing I can assume is that people who like this place have never spent the extra $$ to eat crab legs at the Bonfire.  The crab legs at Phillips didn’t even taste like crab. They were an odd color, sort of a dark brownish rose color, very rubbery, and with very, very little meat in them. YUK!  And the whole crabs weren’t any better.  The prime rib was okay, the mac and cheese was good (but how can you foul that up?) and the peel and eat steamed shrimp was good. But people in there are like pigs at a trough!  Pushing and loud!  This is the second time I’ve eaten at this Phillip’s, and most likely my last. If I’m given another gift certificate for there, I’ll give it away.  No thanks!!

Sunday morning, we tried the Spinnaker (next to the HI) breakfast buffet. I went in not expectin much, but we were pleasantly surprised.  Their little cafe is bright and cheery, clean, and the wait staff is very friendly and courteous. The food was very hot and fresh and plentiful. They served scrambled eggs, french toast, sausage, bacon, toast and creamed chipped beef, fruit salad and assorted danishes and muffins. The bill for the two of us with milk and orange juice was $24.00.  Not bad.

Cruise In

What can I say?  Cars, cars, and more cars!  Well, that’s what we go for!  We don’t have a car that we can show there…….ours is too new, but we just enjoy this show so much.  We always get to meet new people and look for so many people we’ve met over the years. It’s great that there are shows all over Ocean City, so that you aren’t just confined to any one area for hours on end. There didn’t seem to be as many vendors this year at the inlet or at the Convention Center as in past years, but the ones who were there were selling car related items.  They seem to have weeded out the “junk” vendors that have been there in the past. And of course, I always enjoy the fun contests at the grandstand in the Inlet.  I appologize to everyone for “singing” (cough, cough) the Happy Days theme song.  I am so sorry you had to endure that, but hey, I got a tee shirt!! lol And thanks to the Maryland Lottery for their fun give aways as well.  We got to meet Henry (the Fonz) Winkler at our hotel and were tickled to meet him.  He seems very real and down to earth and “normal”!  Did you know he’s writen 17 books for young adults and has a masters degree?  Very intelligent man.  And we met the one remaining original member of the Four Tops.  What a fantastic concert!  They were soooooo good!  Hope they come back some time.  Such beautiful voices!!  But we’ve never been disappointed at any of the Cruise In concerts.

There were much fewer pick ups with kids in the beds this year than in years past. That is a good thing. I don’t understand why by law you have to wear a seat belt, but not if you’re riding in a bed on a truck?  Why is that even allowed at all?  The police this year seem to have lightened up a bit too. Didn’t see nearly as many people pulled over as in past years.  But have to say, no one cared if there were dogs on the beach and boardwalk at all. Hundreds of dogs on leashes walking around.  I didn’t appreciate it when one almost peed on my foot.  So all in all, it was a great time, and we are already talking about next year. 

The sand sculpture was a big disappointment this year.  I don’t think it’s the same person. Only two sculptures, and neither one was very good.  But the message was there, and that’s the most important thing. Plus there were several boardwalk artists up and down the boards.  There are several people who just stand as statues and then jump at you. Very funny.  One was a bride all in silver, the other was a soldier who really fooled both of us.  He was totally bronze colored…….glasses, hair, everything. I even made a snide remark that “it’s sad that that’s the best statue they could come up with to honor our servicemen”.  Oops.  When he moved, I about died. Totally fooled us both.  And I saw NONE of those nasty tee shirts with crude comments on them.  Don’t know if the word got spread, but there were none in evidence from the inlet to 17th St.

So till next year……………keep on Crusin!

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