Best of the Bay 2018: Food & Drink

  Angels on Horseback, Merroir

Angels on Horseback, Merroir

What’s better than a cold beer and a steamed crab? (A cold beer and a dozen steamed crabs, that was a trick question.) Here are CBM readers’ top choices for crabs, beer, oysters, and everything else.


  Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Best Oyster Stew (MD)
Waterman’s Crab House, Rock Hall
Bayou Restaurant, Havre de Grace
Fishermans Inn, Grasonville
McGarvey’s, Annapolis
Wellwood Restaurant, Charlestown

Best Oyster Stew (VA) 
Merroir, Topping
Willaby’s Cafe, White Stone
Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna

Best Oyster Festival (MD) 
U.S. Oyster Festival, Leonardtown
OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
Rock Hall Fallfest, Rock Hall
The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast, Havre de Grace
Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning, Annapolis

Best Oyster Festival (VA) 
Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna
BOB Fest, Smithfield
Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast, Reedville
Deltaville Maritime Museum Oyster Roast and Dance, Deltaville
Shuck and Suck, Cape Charles

Best Crab Cake (MD)
Hammer’s Bar & Grill, Warwick
Boatyard Bar and Grill, Annapolis
Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City
Schaefer’s Canal House, Chesapeake City
TIE: G&M Restaurant, Linthicum Heights; Waterman’s Crab House, Rock Hall

Best Crab Cake, (VA)
Surf Rider (multiple locations)
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Merroir, Topping
The Crazy Crab, Reedville
Yorktown Pub, Yorktown

Best Soft-shell Crab Sandwich (MD) 
Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Annapolis
Harris Crab House and Seafood Restaurant, Grasonville
TIE: Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City;
Harbor Shack, Rock Hall; Schaefer’s Canal House, Chesapeake City
Happy Harbor, Deale

Best Soft-shell Crab Sandwich (VA)
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Riverwalk Restaurant, Yorktown
Surf Rider (multiple locations)
The Crazy Crab, Reedville
Leadbelly’s Restaurant, Reedville

Best Maryland Crab Soup (MD)
Hammer’s Bar and Grill, Warwick
Boatyard Bar and Grille, Annapolis
Carrol’s Creek, Annapolis
Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City
Baywolf, Rock Hall

Best She-Crab Soup (VA) 
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Mannino’s Italian Bistro, Virginia Beach & Portsmouth
Surf Rider (multiple locations)
The Table at Wilton, Deltaville
The Crazy Crab, Reedville

Best Community Crab Feast (MD) 
Rotary Club of Annapolis
Crab Feast, Annapolis
Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Watermans’ Appreciation Day, St. Michaels
Tilghman Island Day, Tilghman
Community Crab Feast at Wilmer Park, Chestertown

Best Community Crab Feast (VA) 
Deltaville Fire Department Crab Feast, Deltaville
Crabby Blues Festival, Cape Charles
Irvington Crab Festival, Irvington
West Point Crab Carnival, West Point

Best Waterfront Restaurant (MD) 
Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City
Bridges, Kent Narrows
Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Annapolis
Blue Point Provision Company, Cambridge
The Crab Claw Restaurant, St. Michaels

Best Waterfront Restaurant (VA) 
Merroir, Topping
Surfrider, Hampton
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
The Crazy Crab, Reedville
Riverwalk Restaurant, Yorktown

Best Bay-to-Table Restaurant (MD) 
Cantler’s Riverside Inn, Annapolis
Harris Crab House and Seafood Restaurant
Waterman’s Crab House, Rock Hall
Blue Point Provision Company, Cambridge
The Kitchen at the Imperial, Chestertown

Best Bay-to-Table Restaurant (VA) 
Merroir, Topping
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
The Crazy Crab, Reedville
Riverwalk Restaurant, Yorktown
The Table at Wilton, Deltaville

Best Brewery (MD) 
RAR Brewing, Cambridge
Eastern Shore Brewing, St. Michaels
Heavy Seas Brewing, Baltimore
Bayheads Brewing Company, Chesapeake City
Calvert Brewing Company, Upper Marlboro

Best Brewery (VA) 
Bold Mariner Brewing Company, Norfolk
Oozlefinch Craft Brewing, Fort Monroe
O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk
Big Ugly Brewing, Chesapeake
Virginia Beer Company, Williamsburg

Best Winery (MD) 
Crow Vineyard and Winery, Kennedyville
St. Michaels Winery, St. Michaels
Boordy Vineyards, Hydes
Chateau Bu-De, Chesapeake City
Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery, Havre de Grace

Best Winery (VA) 
Good Luck Cellars, Kilmarnock
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, Irvington
The Williamsburg Winery at Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg
Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville
King Family Vineyards, Crozet

Best Seafood Festival (MD)
Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis
The Great Havre de Grace Oyster Feast
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum OysterFest, St. Michaels
National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
Tilghman Island Day, Tilghman Island

Best Seafood Festival (VA)
Urbanna Oyster Festival, Urbanna
Deltaville Seafood Festival, Deltaville
Poquoson Seafood Festival
Shuck-N-Suck, Cape Charles
Cape Charles Fire Department Annual Seafood Festival

Best Oyster Bar (MD) 
TIE: Boatyard Bar and Grill, Annapolis; McGarvey’s, Annapolis
Steak & Main, North East
Harris Crab House and Seafood Restaurant, Grasonville
Sailor Oyster Bar, Annapolis
Awful Arthur’s Seafood Company, St. Michaels

Best Oyster Bar (VA) 
Merroir, Topping
Chick’s Oyster Bar, Virginia Beach
Urbanna Seafood and Raw Bar, Urbanna
Bubba’s Seafood Restaurant, Virginia Beach 

Best Dock Bar (MD) 
Lee’s Landing Dock Bar, Port Deposit
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Annapolis
Harbor Shack, Rock Hall
 Tiki Bar at Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City
Red Eye’s Dock Bar, Kent Narrows

Best Dock Bar (VA)
Chick’s Oyster Bar, Virginia Beach
Shanty, Cape Charles
Merroir, Topping
IBX Bar & Grill at Smithfield Station
Cocomo’s, Deltaville

Best Dock Bartender (MD) 
Carole Clark, Waterman’s
Crab House

Best Dock Bartender (VA) 
Pat Brown, Smithfield Station

  Crow Vineyard and Winery

Crow Vineyard and Winery

Mike Ogar