There are about two more months left to the Chesapeake and Delaware crab harvest, which means that if you prefer local blue crab in your crab cakes, the time is now to sample some of the best in the state. If you missed DT’s colossal dining guide in August, check it out online now. Here’s a sample of what’s in store:
Nantuckets may feel more New England than Mid-Atlantic, but it’s got local cuisine dialed in like no place else. The broiled crab-cake dinner ($28.89) comes with two 5-ounce mounds of sweet lumps. The same portion is served as a sandwich ($13.89). Dinner comes with red potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes or wild rice, and a vegetable. The sandwich is adorned with a thick slab of ripe red tomato. The menu says the sandwich is served with garlic aïoli, dinner with a caper rémoulade. The server assured us those are two names for the same zingy sauce. (Well, that’s confusing.) The meals are equally befitting of the elegant white linens in the two dining rooms and the eclectically decorated bar. 601 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-2607, nantucketsrestaurant.com
Eating crabs or crab cakes at Sambo’s is as authentic a local dining experience as eating oysters at the Acme Oyster House in New Orleans or lobster rolls at Shaw’s in Maine. In other words, it ain’t fancy—linoleum tile floors, Formica-topped bar, wood paneling on the walls and newspaper on the tables—and that’s the point. Sambo’s is all about good food and friendliness. The 4-ounce cake is made entirely of Delaware Bay crab. The flavor is mild and sweet, and there is no filler. No surprise: Owners Ike and Elva Burrows keep the recipe a closely guarded secret. The patty comes unadorned on a fresh potato roll for $12.50 (add lettuce and tomato for 50 cents) or enjoy a dinner of two for $27. We also like having a reason to watch the skiffs tie up on the Leipsic River. 283 Front St., Leipsic, 674-9724
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