Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Middle Eastern Shore

The Heart of the Bay

Eastern Shore
Maryland’s Middle Eastern Shore (or mid-shore) is the Heart of Chesapeake Country and includes Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties

Places along the way

Ava's Pizzeria & Wine Bar
543 Poplar St.
Cambridge, MD 21613

208 Talbot Restaurant & Wine Bar
208 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Awful Arthur's Seafood Co
402 S. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Big Owl Grill & Tiki Bar
3015 Kent Narrow Way S,
Grasonville, MD 21638

Bistro Poplar
535 Poplar Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Blough's Seafood
9620 New Bridge Rd
Denton, MD 21629

Blue Point Provision Co. at the Hyatt
100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Bridges Restaurant, Bar & Dock
321 Wells Cove Rd
Grasonville, MD 21638

Canvasback Restaurant and Coolahan's Irish Pub
420 Race St.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Captain's Ketch Seafood Market
316 Glebe Rd
Easton, MD 21601

Carpenter Street Saloon
113 S. Talbot St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Character's Bridge Restaurant
6136 Tilghman Island Road
Tilghman Island, MD 21671

Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant
23713 St Michaels Rd
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Cohee's 404 Restaurant & Lounge
26171 Shore Hwy
Denton, MD 21629

Cole's Seafood House and Deli
403 N. Washington St
Easton, MD 21601

Crab Shack
9639 Ocean Gtwy
Easton, MD 21601

Doc's Downtown Grille
14 N Washington St
Easton, MD 21601

Doc's Sunset Grille
104 W Pier St
Oxford, MD 21654

Gay's Seafood
896 Port St
Easton, MD 21601

Garden and Garnish Caterers
4282 N. Main St.
Trappe, MD 21673

Graul's Market -St. Michaels
1212 S. Talbot St.
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Headwaters Seafood & Grille
28510 Marlboro Ave.
Easton, MD 21601

Hoopers Island Oysters Company
2500 Old House Point Rd
Fishing Creek, MD 21634

Hunter's Tavern at the Tidewater Inn
101 E. Dover St
Easton, MD 21601

Jimmie & Sook's
527 Poplar St
Cambridge, MD 21613

J.M. Clayton Company
108 Commerce St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Johnny's Tavern
39 E Main St
East New Market, MD 21631

Kool Ice and Seafood
110 Washington St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill
402 N Talbort St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Lindy's Seafood
1548 Taylors Island Road

LNT Seafood
233 Main St
Preston, MD 21655

Main street Seafood & Produce
5400 Main St
Grasonville, MD 21638

Millie's Road House Bar and Grill
200 Middle Street
Vienna, MD 21869

Ocean Odyssey
316 Sunburst Hwy.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Old Salty's Restaurant
2560 Hoopers Island Rd
Fishing Creek, MD 21634

Portside Restaurant
201 Trenton St
Cambridge, MD 21613

Rams Head Shore House
800 Main St
Stevensville, MD 21666

Riverview at the Point
1A Sunburst Hwy (Route 50)
Cambridge, MD 21613

Russell Hall Seafood
2501 Old House Point Rd
Fishing Creek, MD 21634

Snapper's Waterfront Cafe
112 Commerce Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Soft & Salty Seafood
5456 Ragged Point Rd
Cambridge, MD 21613

Suicide Bridge Restaurant
6304 Suicide Bridge Rd
Hurlock, MD 21643

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House
305 Mulberry St
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Stars at The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Ln
St. Michaels, MD 21663

The Crab Claw Restaurant
304 Burns Street at Navy Point
St. Michaels, MD 21663

T.L. Morris Seafood
1606B Marina Dr
Trappe, MD 21673

Tar Bay Seafood
2501 Old House Point Road P.O. Box 156
Fishing Creek, MD 21634

Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant
21551 Chesapeake House Drive
Tilghman, MD 21671

The Narrows Restaurant
3023 Kent Narrows Way S
Grasonville, MD 21638

The Robert Morris Inn
314 North Morris St
Oxford, MD 21654

The Water's Edge Bar & Grille/Hyatt
100 Heron Blvd.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Tuckahoe Seafood
12056 Cordova Rd
Cordova, MD 21625

Washington Street Pub & Oyster Bar
20 N. Washington St
Easton, MD 21601

Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island
21551 Chesapeake House Dr
Tilghman, MD 21671

On Maryland’s Middle Eastern Shore (or mid-shore), you’re in the Heart of Chesapeake Country, where locals depend upon the bay for their livelihoods, and fresh seafood is just a stone’s throw away.

Experience the Eastern Shore culture by sampling crabs and oysters, visiting oyster hatcheries and oyster festivals and taking a skipjack sailing tour. Engaging maritime museums help you explore the watermen’s heritage and the local's livelihoods and connection to the majestic Chesapeake Bay. 

Drive the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway to tour picturesque and quaint waterfront towns like St. Michael’s, Tilghman, and Cambridge, where you can find live crabs being loaded from boats to docks, sold at markets and then steamed fresh at waterfront restaurants and served at your table. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

The byway stitches together these towns and travels through expansive farmland, ripe with farm stands featuring luscious produce, where the fruits of the land compliment the bounty of the bay. Stop and pick up some fresh-picked corn, peaches or some green veggies.  

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With nearly 50 square miles of forests, fields, marshes and open water, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, “The Everglades of the North,” offers breathtaking vistas and a rare glimpse of untouched America.

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On “the shore” you’ll find  casual traditional crab houses, like The Crab Claw in St. Michael’s, Wylder Hotel’s Tickler’s Crab Shack in Tilghman Island and Soft and Salty Seafood in Cambridge. You’ll also find upscale dining at well-known restaurants like Oxford’s Robert Morris Inn, Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock or Harry’s on the Green in Denton.

Check out a raw oyster bar in St. Michael’s or Easton. And there are plenty of seafood markets where you can buy and cook your own.

Get out on the water and take a skipjack tour from Tilghman Island or Cambridge to see oyster dredging first-hand.  A variety of Watermen’s Heritage Tours provide an unsurpassed, up close experience where you can catch your own dinner - or at least see how it’s done.     

Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

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Maryland Lore

Recreational crabbers catch crabs using a Bait, Pull and Net method - what locals call "chicken necking." The bait, often chicken necks, is tied to the end of a string and dropped into the water, typically less than 5 feet deep. When the line starts "walking away," the crabber slowly pulls it up. Once in sight, the crabber scoops up the crab with a rigid net on a pole.

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