Fresh Seafood so Amazing
it’s Worth a Trip Down the Shore this Weekend
So I’ve hatched up a plan to take a trip down the shore to one of my favorite seafood restaurants, Smitty’s, this Saturday, and hope that you will come along.
Have you been to a restaurant that left such an impression on you that it was worth driving 120 miles for dinner?
You see, every summer at Ocean City, we make out annual pilgrimage to Smith’s Clam Bar for our wild and crazy family meal “out” while on vacation. And Smitty’s never fails to please – in so many ways!
I can still feel the sweltering heat, sitting out front in the afternoon sun waiting for a table. Luckily there is a breeze whipping up the salt air from the marina to cool you off. Also there are the cold Corona’s, just picked up from the Circle Liquor Store for dinner (remember, it’s BYOB).
Waiting patiently on the benches, you can kick around the crunched-up bleach-white clamshells that pave the parking lot. All the while you see the hustle and bustle of the staff running back and forth with steaming trays of food. At this point, the beer comes in handy as the wait for a table can take hours – you can always take a seat at the bar if you are in a hurry though.
Once your name is called, get ready for fresh seafood. While there are always the faithful standbys (clam chowder, steamers, fried calamari), the surprise comes when you see the chef’s selections for the day. And the fare reflects what’s fresh off the boat, prepared in ways unexpected from a Jersey Shore, bayside seafood shack.
And if there is any doubt in your mind that I have been less than accurate, check out some of the reviews I found on Yelp:
Smitty’s Clam Bar is such a classic hole-in-the-wall seafood eatery. It’s always crowded because it’s good. Somehow, the seafood tastes fresher here … maybe it isn’t any fresher from other restaurants in the area – but the barebones atmosphere in a shack-like building directly on the bay in Somers Point just gives it that extra sea water and salt air flavoring. - Jeff H. Margareten, Vienna, Austria
Best clam chowder and fresh out of the water flounder are the supreme staples at this shore standout. Cole slaw and corn salad are two solid sides. Clam strips are a favorite app as well as top necks (so fresh as relatively cheap). Byob. Worth the wait, try the bar if you can’t. Take out available. Cash only. - Will O. Ardmore, PA
The clam chowder was delicious. It was thick and full of clams just like how I like it. We also ordered all of the types of clams that they had available that day. It was definitely fresh and not fishy tasting. If it is a clam bar, of course we had to try it all! Also, we decided to share amongst the two of us one of the baked seafood dishes in white wine and butter. - Kathy D. Manhattan, NY
So about my plan for Saturday. Linda and I secured babysitting for a jaunt down to OC for an early dinner at Smitty’s. Join us for one of the more memorable seafood experiences you will have this fall. We plan to hit Somers Point at 4:00, and would love to see you there. It’s a bit of a drive, but worth every mouthwatering bite!
Hope to see you
P.S. Don’t forget to stop at The Circle Liquor Store for Coronas or a bottle of white wine to go with dinner!
P.P.S. Consider making it a weekend, like Linda and I will. This time of year there are always vacancies at the Days Inn. And Smitty’s Breakfast Shop will be waiting in the morning!