Mickey’s Family Crabhouse, Bethany Beach
What to expect: Suffer from fear of frying? Try the broiled crab cake or the many steamed options.
Check it out: 222 Jefferson Bridge Road (just off State 1); 302/539-5384
Ed’s Chicken & Crabs, Dewey Beach
What to expect: “Chicken Ed’s” enjoys a cult following for its fresh, steamed blue crabs dusted with Old Bay seasoning; BYOB. Ed’s operates from April until the end of crab season, around November.
Check it out: Highway 1 and Swedes Street; 302/227-9484
Fenwick Crab House Restaurant, Fenwick Island
What to expect: The meaty backfin crab cakes get extra points for savory seasoning. Other interesting options include vegetable crab soup (a tomato-based crab-veggie chowder) and crunchy homemade potato chips.
Check it out: 100 Coastal Highway (State 1); 302/539-2500 or beach-net.com/ficrabhouse