As I do most days, one day last week I found myself pulling into the parking lot at the gym after work. My gym is on the Harbor, in an area that used to be full of warehouses but is now starting to fill with office space and restaurants. As I opened my car door, I was suddenly hit by the smell of freshly steamed blue crabs wafting over from the restaurant next door. From that point on my brain had one idea stuck in it–MUST EAT CRABS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. So with Noel’s mom visiting us at the beach last weekend, I suggested we all head out for crabs Saturday night. Everyone was excited about the idea <--I love how that worked!
The only problem was, we had never been to a crab house in coastal DE. My dad is sadly allergic to shellfish, and we often eat out with him while at the beach. So we needed to do a bit of investigating. After a bit of polling the locals and Yelping, we decided to try Lazy Susan’s in Lewes.
I liked Lazy Susan’s as soon as we were led to our seats on the crab porch. The space was laid back, with picnic tables covered with brown paper, and felt like we were entering someone’s back porch ready for a crab feast. We quickly scanned our menus, and decided that we would go with what we came for–crabs. But it was nice to see that Lazy Susan’s offered lots of other menu options–from sandwiches to entrees–for those that may not be in a crab picking mood.
In addition to our crabs, we ordered a few sides, starting with the Maryland Crab soup, which I thought was full of crab meat, but a little under spiced for my tastes.
Next up we had the hush puppies, which were delicious. We all admitted that normally we don’t love hush puppies, but these were really good. Crispy without being greasy, with a wonderful sweet and moist interior. Delicious.
Our third side was straight up corn on the cob, served with drawn butter. Very good, even though its not local (it’s too early in the year). I enjoyed rolling my ear in some of the extra seasoning that fell off of the main course.
Finally, we ordered a pound of medium shrimp. Wonderfully seasoned, not overdone.
So let’s talk a little bit about that main course. They were good. Served piping hot right out the steamer, 15 to the dozen (the menu admits that they can’t count), with a good seasoning mix, we really enjoyed these crabs. Unfortunately, a few out of each of the dozen we ordered were a little water logged, but the extras in the dozen made up for that.
We finished off with some dessert–a wonderful warm apple crisp with a fantastic oatmeal topping. A great sweet treat after all of that salty seafood.
And the aftermath. Eating crabs is messy, and it was nice not to clean up at the end! We left happily full and feeling like we got a fair deal, since the crab feast worked out to about $25 and person. Not bad! I think we’ll be back to visit Lazy’s Susan’s another day.