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Dinner tonight at Joya with the wife, brother-in-law, and his wife.  Great vibe, cool music, stiff drinks, and some of the best Thai food in Brooklyn.

215 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-3484

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~Sam

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If you’re in Brooklyn tonight, stop by Char No. 4 where I’ll be having a drink and a bite to eat with some friends.

196 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
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Have a great weekend!

~Sam

Crabby Dick’s
18831 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-6153
(302) 645-9132

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Maryland is known for crabs.  To eat Maryland fresh cracked crab or crabcakes is to taste crab as it was intended to taste.  It’s known nationwide like Maine Lobster, Texas beef, & Berkshire pork (which originated from England, not the Berkshire Mountains – but work with me here!)  A few miles north, however lies a small state (the first, in fact) that tends to be overlooked for its pristine beaches, lively boardwalks, and towns like Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Bethany Beach, which contain a plethora of fresh seafood restaurants like Crabby Dick’s.

My in-laws told us we’d probably think it’s too touristy – and touristy it is.  You walk in to an enormous gift shop filled with crab inspired t-shirts, wall hangings, mugs, magnets, caps, and towels, etc – some with the Crabby Dick’s logo, some with the girl version (Anita Dick), and others that plainly ask, “Got Crabs…?”  The crab fan that I am I was tempted to buy one of everything, and may have followed through had my more sensible half not looked at me as if to say, “why do we need crab salt & pepper shakers?”  It was decided that some photos, plus a crabby meal would be enough.

Sitting down to eat in a restaurant like Crabby Dick’s you expect a decent meal – at least something freshly caught with mediocre sides, and some cold beer.  What we got, however was a fantastic meal – big, meaty, sweet, fresh crab legs dipped in the most perfect clarified butter, and washed down with ice cold Shock Top beer.  Even the starter Crab Balls – mini crab cakes, and Corn Balls – mini, creamy corn fritters blew me away.  And the oysters?  Don’t get me started.  Fresh, meaty, briny, plump, perfectly cold…I love oysters!  Plus, they start you out with a basket of Old Bay seasoned popcorn.  I love Old Bay too!!  There were six of us at the table, and each of us was happy…no, ecstatic over our meals.  One person ordered a combo pot of crab legs and shrimp, and couldn’t finish her shrimp, so guess who did…me!  And the shrimp were awesome – lightly dusted in Old Bay, perfectly sweet with a bit of a snap – the way shrimp should be.

We opted against dessert even though the gigantic brownie with whipped cream tower that the three cougars at the neighboring table had looked delicious, and they do serve key lime pie, we were all just stuffed to the gills.

It may be in my best interest on my next trip to Lewes to seek out a place more off the main drag, but I would go back to Crabby Dick’s in a heartbeat…and I’d buy the salt & pepper shakers too!

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Crabby Dick’s can also be enjoyed at:
30 Clinton Street
Fort Delaware
Delaware City, DE
302-832-5100

&
PORT TOBACCO MARINA
7536 Shirley Blvd
Port Tobacco, MD
301-392-0007

Lewis’ Bar & Grill
92 Central Street
Norwood, MA 02062
(781) 762-8928

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Lewis’ Bar & Grill is one of those places that’s been there forever, but if you’re not from the town of Norwood, MA you’ve probably never heard of it.  It wasn’t even on the list of eateries at my hotel (5 minutes from Lewis’), but the girl at the front desk was able to confirm that the placed I had picked to eat dinner was, in fact a “pretty cool place.”  It was an interesting pick, for sure.  Internet stories of it being a real “townie” place left me fearful that my car with its’ New York license plates would be destroyed by angry Red Sox fans (and I’m not even a Yankees fan!) 

Sam Adams Summer Ale - As Local as it Gets!

My reservations subsided, however when I saw Lewis’ standing at the end of a quiet, tree-lined block in what appears to be a sleepy little Massachusetts town.  I walked in past a door leading to a bar area, and sat at another bar in the back restaurant area.  It was a Wednesday night – day after the All Star Game – nothing on TV, nice & quiet.

I ordered a Sam Adams Summer Ale – one of the best summer ales on the market – and perused the menu.  They have typical bar food – and lots of choices.  When in New England I like to try a restaurant’s clam chowder.  NE restaurants pride themselves on their chowder (pronounced CHOW-DAH), and who am I to deny them their satisfaction?  It was a burger kind of night for me, so I figured I’d try the house burger – The Lewis’ Burger for $8.95.  This signature sandwich is a big sucker topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, ham, & egg salad.  WHAT??  Yep, you read that correctly.  It was the most talked about entree on the “other” Internet review sites, so I figured it might be good.

New England Clam Chowdah!

The chowder came first.  It was thick and creamy, and slightly sweet.  And for those of you who may be wondering, their chowder is the white.  You NEVER get the red north of NYC. 

The burger is pretty big.  The first bite took me to another planet where flavor rules, and low calorie diets are illegal.  The egg salad adds a nice tang and creaminess.  No need for any other condiments.  Halfway through I remembered it had ham on it too.  The taste of the ham seems to get lost amongst the other pieces of the sandwich.  The beef patty though could stand alone.

The Lewis' Burger

I had another beer and chatted with Chris, the bartender for a little while.  Apparently, had I chosen to eat up front  in the original bar (the back restaurant was added much later) the burgers are even better – in his humble opinion, and they’re cooked right in front of you.  I can’t say I was disappointed in my meal, but that could have been fun to watch.

The burger, soup, and two beers cost me around $27 with tip; not a bad price for a fantastic meal in a pleasant setting.  On my way out I peeked into the front bar again.  It’s a cool looking place – and if this was about history and/or interiors I would have stayed longer.  But I had places to be, and I was full, and very satisfied.

 

 

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