Crisfield Seafood

Adjacent to the northern tip of the district on Georgia Ave., and just south of downtown Silver Spring, is
Crisfield Seafood Restaurant
If you continue north into the downtown area, there are also Red Lobster
and Phillips (Express). Boo.

Opened in 1945 by the Landis family, Crisfield’s is somewhat of an anachronism at first glance. The interior is homey, almost 50’s diner-like, with a large wooden bar for fast/single service and ample table seating in two dining rooms. Based on the ambiance you’d think it was an inexpensive place, so you might be in for a bit of a shock when you open the menu. The most expensive entree, Lobster Stuffed with Crabmeat, is over $40. But most are in the $20 range. The reason for the high prices? Unlike the chains, they only buy the freshest/seasonal local seafood.

The service is outstanding, and down to earth at the same time. And the food is wonderful. Because I’ve only been there once, I can hardly go into an extensive review of everything on the menu. Trust your instincts, and ask your server what’s good that day—you can’t go wrong. I am told that the Crab Imperial is to die for, which is next on my list when I decide to visit again. Surprisingly, for a seafood restaurant, even the authentic Maryland Pan Fried Chicken is rated as excellent.

If you have to wait, try the (fresh shucked) Clam Chowder or the Spiced Shrimp Cocktail for a starter. And don’t try that kid’s trick, chew with your mouth closed.

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