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Trip with family to St. Michael's and Eastern Shore

In-laws are traveling to St. Michael's and would like some nice restaurant recommendations. They are from Cape Cod, so I would like to recommend some restaurants that show how nice the Eastern Shore is, that feature good examples of tasty regional foods. Please, no recommendation to the touristy crab places. Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Bartlett Pear in Easton has some promising early reviews.

    1. You might co-post/search on the mid atlantic board. I really like the Key Lime Cafe for a simple lunch. There is a very good coffee shop one street back from the main strip (where the general store is).

      For dinner think about 208 Talbot. You should also consider Easton. It is a charming little town with some good food,as well. And perhaps Smith Island for a sample of some Smith Island cake and real crabs. The Narrows on Kent Island is good although not as much the fine dining ambiance you might be seeking.

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      Key Lime Cafe
      207 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, MD 21663

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Smith Island is no where near St. Michaels/Easton and you have to take a ferry to get there.

        1. re: hon

          Yes, but if you are in the area for a few days on vacation it can be a lovely little day trip. There is only so much to do in St. Michaels itself and the ferry is fun (they are from the cape should be used to travelling on ferrys).

          And it is one of the main epi-centers for crabbing in Maryland. I thought it was worth a mention because I could only keep myself entertained in St. Michaels for about a day and a half.

          Tilgman island is also a nice drive.

      2. I would recommend Bistro St.Michael's with the following caveats: tell them you want to sit downstairs (upstairs is Siberia), and be prepared to spend a lot more money than you might think you'd spend at a Bistro with very casual ambiance. The food is good, and the service is very good.

        1. It doesn't get much more Eastern Shore-authentic than Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island but stick to the oysters, crab dishes and rockfish. Whatever you do, steer clear of the buffet.

          1. at least once you need to sit outside on the water and have a maryland crab feast. The Crab Claw in St Michaels fits the bill

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            1. re: dining with doc

              Yes.

              The first time I had a true crab-feast, I looked up after a couple hours of eating, talking, drinking beer and was intoxicated by more than the beer! Probably the salt had a bit to do with it, but it's a wonderful experience meant to be had with many friends over many hours.

              Though unfortunately I haven't been to one in years. I don't really miss it. I did the thing for a few years straight and now with kids and a wife with a new allergic reaction to shellfish.... (and even though she's a Marylander by birth she never was a big crab fan). But - I know that this will just lead to more time away and then (hopefully) one angelic experience again when the memory has faded even more.