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Chesapeake City: Locals’ Favorite Eats

Posted by Steven on 12/12/2013
Chesapeake City is a favorite tourist destination for many reasons—the concerts, the shopping, the charming bed and breakfasts, the historic Canal Museum, and the close proximity to the historic Chesapeake and Delaware Canals. It’s a relatively quick and easy drive from most nearby major cities, including Washington D.C., Wilmington, and Baltimore. One of the best parts about living in Chesapeake City, right on the water is—you guessed it—the fresh seafood! For tips on the best of the best when it comes to dining here, try the locals’ favorite meals.
Crab Cakes
Maryland and crab are two words that have gone together for just about as far back in time as when the area was first populated by fishermen. Today, local restaurants specialize in mixing that tasty crab with other ingredients—eggs, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, and milk—creating the popular patties that comprise a crab cake.
There are two primary styles of crab cakes in the Chesapeake area: “Restaurant” and “Boardwalk.” The “Boardwalk” crab cake is closer to fast food; it is deep fried and breaded, then placed on a bun. It is designed to be eaten while walking, if need be. The “Restaurant” cake, by contrast, is what you should expect from most fine restaurants. The crab will typically be broiled rather than fried, and sides will typically be offered.
Fish & Other Seafood
Roughly 350 fish species live in or near the Chesapeake Bay, making the area a prime spot for fishing. For some of the freshest fish you can imagine tasting, you owe it to yourself to try some. Just a handful of the many local favorites include the following:
  • Mahi-mahi
  • Ahi tuna
  • Mussels
  • Stuffed flounder
  • Scallops
  • Lobster tails
  • Grilled salmon
  • Stuffed shrimp
  • Clams
  • Calamari
Traveling with Kids?
It can be tough finding a nice place to eat where every diner will be happy with the choices offered. Thankfully, many seafood restaurants understand that just because the parents are craving a lobster tail doesn’t mean the kids are going to want to eat seafood, too. Kid-friendly seafood alternatives like grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and hot dogs can help every member of the family enjoy their dinner out on the water.
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