An Inside Look on Ocean City’s Finest Eats
Much of the fresh catch from the Atlantic Ocean and their tributaries winds up on restaurant menus. When dining out, look for blackboard specials—these usually indicate what the chief received fresh that day. Some of the fish found in the region include:
- Atlantic mackerel
- Black sea bass
- Sea Trout
- Spanish mackerel
- Striped bass
Of course, fish can be prepared in many ways, including fried, broiled and sauteed, and many restaurants have specialty house sauces to accompany the catch.
Fresh salmon and grilled vegetables dish
Call the crab the king of the Chesapeake Bay, resplendent in a brilliant blue color and, in the case of females, bright red tips on the end of pincers.
Crabmeat is sweet, succulent and found in many forms in Ocean City restaurants. From the firs full moon in May until late summer, soft-shell crabs are found in eateries prepared fried, broiled or sauteed. Hard-shell crabs are also served steamed, plated with small mallets to crack open and pick for the sweet meat.
Perhaps the most popular use for crabmeat, crab cakes combine a mixture of crabmeat and, most commonly, bread crumbs, herbs and spices and sometimes mayonnaise. Chefs form the mixture into a patty and serve broiled or fried.
Some consider oysters even more American than apple pie. English colonists found these bivalve beauties abundant in the Chesapeake Bay, and Native Americans taught early settlers how to catch and prepare oysters—methods still used today.
Protected by thick shells, the oyster meat inside is rich, succulent, earthy and sweet. A lot of folks enjoy oysters on the half shell, freshly shucked and served chilled and raw, with the addition of a wedge of lemon or cocktail sauce. Throughout Ocean City, you will find a large selection of raw bars—places specializing in preparing and serving raw oysters and other seafood.
Oysters are also found on menus prepared in other ways, including fried, on sandwiches and smoked.
Fresh Oysters and a Glass of White Wine
Adopt North Carolina’s barbecue as part of your own! One of the outstanding eats is Carolina-style barbecue. First, understand the words “barbecue” and “grilling” are not synonymous. Also understand that, in the South, barbecue means pork, not chicken or beef.
Barbecue is a combination of pork, heat and smoke that makes a tender, rich, succulent meat usually minced and paired with a thin tomato-vinegar sauce. Typical of this region, sandwiches come topped with a heaping scoop of coleslaw.
The taste is sublime—smoky, tangy, sweet—and leads to an experience that must be repeated over and over again.
Look for Carolina-style listed on area menus, and ask for the sauce on the side.
No matter where you are traveling, sometimes there is nothing better than a fresh, hot piece of pizza with all your favorite toppings.
Well, Ocean City is a great place to be when you get this craving—no matter what the hour. There are several pizza places to choose from in Ocean City, even those that are open until 4 a.m. for those all nighters!
See here for a complete guide of pizza places in Ocean City!
Pizza with various toppings