Tucked between tall hotel buildings stood the humble restaurant: Bull on the Beach. We tried to vist it that Friday night in Ocean City, but there was almost a two hour wait. We returned there Saturday for lunch, and did not wait for a table at all. This was a welcome relief. We were all very hungry after a few hours at the beach.
Their indoor seating was spacious and surrounded an open kitchen. We were not, however, seated near the kitchen. Our group of six sat at the window where I watched people come and go from the beach acces located half a block from the restaurant. The sun was out, and it was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed this as much as I might have enjoyed watching the cooks. I got a good look at their raw bar and roasting pit on the way in, and that was enough for me.
But let's talk about the important stuff: the food.
This place is definitely a joint for tourists. They have a much coveted raw bar, and loads of seafood that one looks for on the Eastern Shore, but so too did they have food for picky eaters such as chicken tenders and the like. Don’t take these statements negatively, however. There’s a lot of value in reliability and quality.
I didn’t get a good picture of my meal, but I decided on the regional fav, the crab cake. Unlike any crab cake i might get where I came from in the Midwest, this was more crab than cake. A thin dusting of Old Bay covered the top. I chose a baked potato and garlic green beans as my side dishes. They had a wide variety of choices available, but I have a soft spot for good potatoes.
I’ll admit that I did not finish. I loaded up on fries and chicken tenders from an appetizer, both of which were delicious. The crab cake broke apart nicely for me to dip sections in tartar sauce. I felt that the sauce brought a lot of flavor to the cake and cut the sweetness that naturally comes to the crab.
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