One of the best

The Narrows is fancier than most Roadfood restaurants – rack of lamb or chicken Oscar, anyone? – and it is pricier – dinner easily can set you back $50+. But we would be remiss not to include it here as a service to all in search of great crab cakes and fried oysters. Both are righteous regional dishes to remember.

These are the crabbiest possible crab cakes, meaning they taste like all crab and nothing but the crab, just minimally spiced and containing only enough filler to help the big, heavy white lumps of meat remain spherical. At the first touch of a fork, the sphere will fall apart, offering up bite-size forkfuls of glistening-moist inside meat as well as pieces from the outside that have facets that are light brown with a crisp edge. The oysters, known to Chesapeake Bay connoisseurs as white gold, are fried in a cornmeal veil, just enough to shore in all the juices that erupt as soon as teeth pierce the meat within.

Although the place is quite deluxe, it is in no way snooty or off-putting. Located on the water of the Kent Narrows, it offers diners an opportunity to look out at pleasure boats as well as working fishermen coming in with clams, crabs and oysters. For those far away who desperately crave a real crab cake, the Narrows offers “Crab Cake Express” service: crab cakes ready to cook and crab soup packed in dry ice and shipped overnight.

What to Eat
Narrows, Crab Cake
Crab Cake
There are bigger crab cakes, but none with bigger crab flavor. I thought I tasted dashes of lemon and pepper among the lumps, but the luxurious crab meat eclipsed all.
Narrows, Bread
Meals start with a basket of nice ciabatta rolls, served oven-warm.
Narrows, Oyster Caesar Salad
Oyster Caesar Salad
Hail Caesar! The salad is fine; the optional oysters are sensational: juice-heavy, marine-sweet, each one a huge, savory mouth melt-down. And those onion rings on top? They should be looked at by the FDA as irresistibly addictive.
Narrows, Crab Imperial
Crab Imperial
As an alternative to crab cakes, Narrows offers an excellent Crab Imperial, with oysters baked along with the lump crab meat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 9 pm
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9 pm
Saturday11 am - 9 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min

Crab cakes are a staple of seafood restaurants everywhere. But the great ones are in proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Many places here offer them deep-fried, and there is something inarguably pleasurable about the fried ones' dark red, hard exterior breaking and giving way as your teeth crunch through to its moist insides. The plushest…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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