Head east on Highway 84, passed Trade Port East, passed the Dorchester Civic Center and follow the signs that point the way to the treasured and long established eatery.
When you can pull up to a seafood establishment that is tucked away, yet right on the water with its own marina and purveyors of crabs, oysters and shrimps you know you are pulling up to a great meal.
And there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
The diner overlooks Blackbeard Creek. The scenic marsh setting is breath taking. Just next door the shrimp boats are docked offering a look at the majestic vessels that go out to pluck the sweetest tasting shrimp from the coastal waters.
The family run diner has a staff that routinely go out to bring and catch the blue crabs, oysters and fresh fish. It is farm to table – seafood style.
October brought in the beginning of oyster season and I can’t think of a better place to go locally for freshly picked and steamed oysters or a fried oyster basket with a side of their Cole slaw.
My all-time favorite at the Sunbury Crab Company is their blue crab bucket.
Just give me a bucket of those blue crabs, a few Land Sharks (that’s beer folks not a real shark), a wooden mallet to crack the shells, a bib and then stay clear folks –
I’m going in.
Sometimes it takes a little work in getting the crab meat out of those tight areas in the carapace (the back shell) and legs but the succulent lump crab meat is well worth the fight. And I consider the struggle my work out for the day.
If I happen to be in the mood for shrimp I often order two of their appetizers – the spicy garlic shrimp and the buffalo shrimp. Then, just to make sure I end up in a full food coma, I’ll add an order of bacon cheese fries.
At this point just hand me a stack of wet towels, a beer or two to wash the food down and a spot outside in the patio area where I can lay down a pillow and sleep afterwards.
Their fish sandwich has always been tasty and fresh and their food portions are always more than plenty. Add in the ambiance and the cool marsh breeze on a November afternoon and you’ll see why the Sunbury Crab Company is a perfect get-away during a frenzied holiday. If you have family visiting it is also a great place to share new experiences and create long lasting memories of a special holiday retreat.
The Sunbury Crab Company is located at 541 Brigantine-Dunmore Road in Sunbury. They are open Wednesday-Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturdays from noon until 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. They will be closed Thanksgiving Day but will be open for that Friday escape by 5 p.m. For more information call (912) 884-8640.