I insisted on crabs for dinner. There are dozens of crab houses in Ocean City, but three of us in our group finally settled on Higgin’s Crab House on 31st and
Higgins has all-you-can-eat crabs for $25. Ad steamed shrimp or BBQ ribs and you pay $30. I got the crabs and shrimp, which comes with so much more!
crab soup (good) Maryland
- French fries (good, too)
- Cole slaw (doable)
- Corn on the cob (hot and juicy)
- Open-kettle fried chicken (not recommended; see below).
Of the three of us, I alone ordered crabs. As for the others, one ordered pretty tasty fried shrimp ($18). The other one of us ordered fried chicken. Please don’t order Higgin’s fried chicken. It is tough on the outside (the breading is rock-hard). The inside is standard fried chicken, but I was annoyed enough with the exterior to hardly touch the one piece I got with my meal.
As to the crabs: God, I love crabs. Not much Old Bay on them (I prefer them covered with the stuff), and I had to ask for a little cup of it to swish my crab into. I’ve heard of a dozen different ways to eat steamed crabs. The basic process of ripping them open is standard, but how and when you get to the meat is another story. Some people like to denude the crab of all meat before eating it. Me, I like ripping the crab open and then working on each half, eating the meat as I get to it. And the crab butter inside I ate little of, though I’m not always opposed to it. I’ve even seen it sold by itself in little plastic jars in Filipino markets.
What you do afterwards varies from person to person. One college friend of mine used to swirl it in beer, butter and
The crabs were good, if small, and easy to crack open – particularly the claws, from which I was able to get the entire claw’s meat in one chunk with one or two well-placed mallet strokes. But I found that I can only get through four crabs and, say, a dozen steamed shrimp – again, the