I have been to Ed's Crabs MANY times over the years. I visit them whenever we want to get Crabs out at a restaurant without all the mess of steaming & cleaning up. I have found that their pricest are the CHEAPEST in the area UNLESS you want to cook them at home.
We last visited Ed's crabs over the Memorial Day week 2010. We stopped in on a day when the weather was prediciting a chance of rain. When we arrived there were NO customers even though they had been open for several hours (open at 11am). We parked in the SMALL parking lot out back and made our way up to the window. I waited for 5-10 minutes for someone to appear at the window. When they did, I questioned them about whether you had to buy the CRABS by the dozen since those were the only prices listed (doz: $35 for regular 2010). The man kind of hesitated and said NO you could get half a dozen or by the single. I asked how much a half dozen would be. He rolled his eyes, pointed at the menu with the price per dozen & then told me it would be half the price of the dozen. He acted like this was a STUPID question, but some restaurants will charge MORE per item IF you order a smaller quantity. So, I did not feel it was a stupid question at all. Ok, so I go ahead and order 1/2 dozen steamed crabs and the smaller steamed shrimp. The man then told me how much it would be. I asked IF they took credit card OR if it was CASH only. He proceeds to point at a small sign that has the visa logo on it without saying a word. WOW, wonderful customer service!
Meanwhile, we grab a seat at one of the many open air benches. They have picnic tables and a few bar style dining areas outside. They also have a small indoor dining room off to the side. We decided to sit at the outside bar area that had a small overhang over it (in case it decided to rain). Within 5 minutes my steamed shrimp were at the window. Within another 10 minutes or so my CRABS were up. I was handed a piece of brown paper, a few knives, crab mallets and my tray of crabs. The steamed shrimp were really good. I have always enjoyed their steamed shrimp with old bay. They were cooked perfectly. The crabs were OK today. They were pretty full for it being early in the season yet. The meat was kind of sweet and the old bay adds a little spice. I like to dip my crab meat in the old bay. They have a shaker next to the pick up window IF you want or need more. Sometimes I get AMAZING crabs here, but every once in a while I will get one that tastes a little more fishy than I like. I guess it just depends. We ended up lucking out and the rain held off. So we enjoyed sitting outside, except fighting the FLIES for our food. Once I finished, I asked for a bag to put my food in to go. We were handed a few plastic sacks--one small one for my shrimp and a grocery style sack for my crabs (it was dirty). I found a bag in my car that I used instead!!
Overall, the food was good here today. The shrimp were amazing and the crabs were OK today. The prices were great, but the customer service was less than wonderful. The outside dining area was amazing clean for being open air dining & being a seafood place where small pieces of shells and skins can easily get overlooked during clean-up. I like the open air setting of Ed's crabs. It is laid back and you feel like you are at the beach. However, fighting the flies for your food can get a little annoying. And the dirty grocery sack really wasnt too cool either.
IF you want decent food at GREAT prices in a casual outdoor setting with NO waitstaff--then Ed's fits the bill. BUT, IF you want a fancy seafood place with waitstaff, no flies and air conditioning..then you might want to go to one of the more expensive crab shacks in town. BUT, you will be hard pressed to find better prices OR value!
Note: Ed's serves more than just crabs & chicken. They also serve up clams, mussels, shrimp, king crab, snow crab, stone crab, crawfish, fried flounder, calamari, catfish, cod, fish & chips, clam chowder, MD crab soup, scallops, oysters, crabcakes, softshell crab sandwiches and lobster platter. IF you don't want seafood, they also have hot dogs, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, wings, BBQ pork or chicken. Theyhave sides too: french fries, onion rings, cole slaw, hushpuppies, corn on the cob, broccoli cheese bites, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, corn nuggets, fried mushrooms, mac-n-cheese and crab balls. They DO have a pretty large menu for a small place. Plus many of the items are kid friendly (like the hotdog)--so you don't have to worry!
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