Ocean City, Maryland, is a hot spot for all those seeking to worship the sun, walk the boardwalk to sample those famous fries, or sample the seemingly endless supply of beach bars and trendy eateries.
But as soon as Labor Day passes and kiddies have returned to school, O.C. takes on a completely different aura. Cool breezes replace scorching heat, beaches become a soothing, simple stroll, as people no longer have to navigate a path around plastic shovels, sand castles, and surf boards randomly popping up out of the gushing surf.
Finally, residents and off-season tourists can finally enjoy their kind of Ocean City. Without the crowds, lines are almost non-existent, the food is still delicious, and the weather is even more delightful.
For those new to the O.C. landscape, or for those who may be long-timers but missed this golden spot, O.C. Steamers restaurant on the bayside between 45th and 48th streets, offers a splendid....and memorable experience - both dining and otherwise.
The 'all-you-can-eat crabs,' advertised 'from the Choptank River,' are every bit as plentiful and they are delicious. Coated with Maryland's famous Old Bay, the crabs are perfectly spiced and, for the most part, and the crabs themselves offer a healthy supply of meat worthy of the effort to get at it.
For under $30, the meal not only brings an endless supply of hot crabs. Sweet corn, fried chicken, french fries, and a bucket of mallets, utensils (you don't really need them), napkins, and small packets of moist wipes, are at your fingertips. The buckets then serve as a receptacle for discarded shells and corn husks, and then discreetly emptied by the wait staff and returned to the table to go through the ritual again and again...until diners are stuffed with enough Maryland crabs to last until the craving hits them again.
While dining on the deck is an option, the cool night air once the sun sets might prove to be a bit chilly for some. The indoor dining area provides an equally inviting option and provides one of the best views of a sunset anywhere.
O.C. Steamers is the best place to dine, whether you're a frequent visitor, a newby, or merely passing through.
There's no better place to find an amazing sunset, superb crabs, and the perfect place to gather with a group of friends who don't mind leaving with a few flecks of Old Bay leaving its mark somewhere on their clothing...or chin...or....