The Masthead on Pier Street Marina in Oxford, Maryland serves the classic summer catch: fresh crabs by the dozen. These crabbies are steamy, seasoned in Old Bay and are served with all the fix-ins (vinegar, butter, sea-salt… whatever you want).
For Memorial Day weekend my family and I stopped there for lunch smack dab in the middle of our 16-mile bike ride. Of course we were biking to our next meal. Exercise? Nahhh….We were on our way to lunch!
We ordered a dozen and a half crabs for four people thinking that would be plenty. How easily had I forgotten how little meat you get inside each one.
I think I burned an equal number of finger calories opening the darn things as I did eating the actual crabmeat. I averaged one mouthful of meat per crab. It also didn’t help that I’m a messy crab eater. At number four my hands were salty, wet, pricked and all crabbed out… I realized then why the table next to us ordered hamburgers.
Overall, I give these fresh, quality crabs a shiny 4 stars (a 5 if they had been larger).
I give myself a mercy 1 star for my crab opening skills.