Crazy 8s is a fast-casual dockside café featuring sandwiches, soups, and salads. It also serves breakfast during certain times of the year. Being located along the water means people can travel by boat to this family-friendly eatery. Once docked, they can enter the cosy patio to savour a host of items made with the freshest ingredients available. Highlights of the menu include the florentini panini with grilled chicken, sautéed spinach, mozzarella, and sun-dried tomato-pesto mayonnaise, and the mahi-mahi wrap with blackened mahi-mahi, spicy Cajun remoulade, lettuce, and pico de gallo. Many places close during the colder months, but not Crazy 8s; they are open year round, but the hours do vary.
Crazy 8s, 3505 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, USA, +1 410 524 5050
Opened in 2013 by Steven Hagen and Kevin Frey, Hooked is a restaurant specialising in creative local cuisine whose motto is ‘fresh. honest. local.’. Wishing to highlight all of the incredible bounty available in the area, the team at this eatery works with local purveyors — featured on the menu — to bring the freshest ingredients to the kitchen, and eventually to the guests’ plates. Notable choices include the fish and chips, which is buttermilk-battered fish served with pesto fries and slaw, and crab cakes with pickled carrot and peashoot salad, classic remoulade, and bacon fingerling frites. In an art-filled space with works by photographer Kevin Flemings and painter Aubré Duncan, Hooked serves lunch and dinner to hungry patrons seven days a week.
Hooked, 8003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, USA, +1 410 723 4665
An Ocean City tradition since 1929, the legendary Thrasher’s French Fries specialises in one thing: delicious fries. Founded by Mr. J. T. Thrasher, this establishment has changed hands only twice during the past 80 years. There are two things customers can always count on: the quality of the potatoes and the recipe. Only the best-quality potatoes are sourced, often from Idaho. They are cut fresh, fried twice, sprinkled with salt, and then doused in tangy cider vinegar — absolutely no ketchup. A must-try for anyone visiting OC, the fries come in large sizes: 16 oz, 32 oz, and 53 oz.