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Ocean City Crab Houses Expand Outdoor Dining

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Picking blue crabs is one of Ocean City’s favorite summertime activities. Born and bred in Maryland, I have a lifetime of memories that all take place around a  picnic table covered in newspaper and Old Bay.  There are usually cold beers and bad jokes, and too many conversations going on at once. Don’t tell anyone I said this, but crab feasts are about more than just the crabs: They are a social event.


OC Crab Houses Increase Outdoor Dining Areas

There is no shortage of crab houses in Ocean City.  Don’t ask a group of locals which one is the best, unless you’ve got time for a heated debate.  Some prefer getting a bushel to take home to their back yard.  Others like sitting on a deck for all-you-can-eat, and letting someone else clean up. (Please tip your waitstaff!) No matter what, we can all agree that picking crabs is best done in the sunshine.

Due to current health regulations keeping us safe in the wake of Covid-19, every establishment that is able has been creatively optimizing their outdoor spaces. Many restaurant parking lots around town have been roped off with everything from caution tape to beach fencing.  For some places, providing outdoor dining has required a complete overhaul of how they usually do business.  Some of these changes have meant investing in canopies, umbrellas, and even new furniture that can brave the elements.

Blue Crabs, Old Bay and Sunshine in Ocean City

Luckily, restaurants who serve Maryland’s favorite saltwater delicacy are accustomed to picnic tables.  Outdoor dining is commonplace in Ocean City crab houses, who may have had the advantage of experience when the area came under stronger restrictions.  Decks and screened patios can be found all around town, and the traditional use of paper table coverings makes clean up between guests a cinch.

If you are looking for a great spot to enjoy your own crab feast this weekend, check out our directory for the unlimited possibilities of making your seafood dreams come true.  And take a look at all the beautiful places to enjoy your Maryland blue crabs, al fresco!

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Kim DeBoy
Kim DeBoyhttp://www.indigomagikphotography.com
Kim hates writing about herself, almost as much as she loves wandering back roads with a camera attached to her face.  She will brake for weathered barns, abandoned structures, and hilarious signage. Kim has always found her inspiration on the shoreline, be it for poetry, photography, or just everyday survival.  Her first photo album, circa 1995, was full of rushing waters, boulders, trees and sunsets. These days, Kim also enjoys photographing people, but they are usually standing near water, boulders, trees or sunsets.  Find her portfolio here.

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