Happy Monday friends! Grab your reading glasses, I have a long one for y’all today! I spent this past weekend visiting with friends and family at the beach, and as always eating some wonderful food!! On Friday, my mom and I met my great Uncle Gerry and Aunt Linda for lunch with some of their friends at M.R. Ducks in Ocean City. M.R. Ducks is a famous bar and grill on the bayside of Talbot Street, very close to the Route 50 bridge!
We started off our meal with two appetizers. The first were gorgeous Tuna Nachos, which included Sesame seed encrusted rare Ahi Tuna, seaweed salad, and a little bit of soy sauce on top of fried wontons. Talk about an inventive appetizer! I loved this one.
Next, we ate Crab Balls, which are like mini fried crab cakes. These were all-star Crab balls!! There seemed to be no filler involved, just pure Maryland blue crab!! They were served with cocktail sauce and a spicy mayo. I liked them with both sauces, but these were so good I could have eaten them without sauce, too! I was regretting not ordering the crab cake for lunch after tasting these!
Speaking of the crab cake sandwich, my Aunt Linda ordered it for lunch. Isn’t it a beauty?!! This is one of M.R. Ducks’s most popular dishes, and I can see why! The crab cake was made very much in the same fashion as the crab balls, pure crab meat and no nonsense! The cake was broiled instead of fried, which I prefer!
Tuna and mahi mahi were the catches of the day, and my Uncle Gerry decided to try their grilled Tuna Sandwich. He received a very generous portion of super fresh and delicious tuna, which was grilled perfectly. The tuna was topped with red onion, lettuce, and a gorgeous summer tomato – a simple but delicious preparation!
I had the other catch of the day mahi mahi in the form of Blackened Fish Tacos. Topped with cabbage, cheese, a cilantro lime sauce, and served with a pineapple mango salsa on the side. Oh my goodness y’all, these were so good!!!! The mahi was grilled perfectly and very moist! I was also a huge fan of the pineapple mango salsa! It had a little bit of red onion mixed in as well, which added more complexity. I’ve never had a fruit salsa before, and am not even a huge mango fan. However, this salsa, combined with the blackening seasoning on the mahi mahi, was a match made in heaven!! The sweetness cut through the blackened spice in just the best way possible. I would definitely order these again!
Talk about a great lunch! M.R. Ducks has such a great location and a beautiful outdoor bar as well. I’m sure if we had waited a few hours later this bar would have been packed! There was a nice breeze off of the bay, and lots of boats were riding past. Truly was not your average bar scenery, spacious with a view of Assateague Island a short distance away. We will definitely be back here again, for lunch and hopefully happy hour as well!
On Friday night, I went out to dinner at Northeast in Ocean View, DE with my parents. This restaurant has the same owner as Catch 54 in Fenwick, but this one is much closer to our house. I hadn’t been here in a few years, and was impressed to see a new outdoor seating area with a cute fire pit area. (I definitely need to come back in the fall to take advantage of this.) My mom, dad, and I started off by splitting a Caesar salad. We were glad we had decided to just split one; it was huge!! I love a good Caesar, and this one did not disappoint!
The entrees were up next. My dad ordered the Rockfish which was a special that night. It was served on top of a tomato and squash ragu and was delicious! (The lighting was dark, so my apologies.)
My mom ordered their crab cakes, which were gigantic!! Look at those bad boys! They were creamy and delicious, just a like a good crab cake should be. Sticking with the theme of the weekend, there was little to no filler in these crab cakes as well, the Eastern Shore way I suppose! Their crab cakes were served with a cucumber salad, coleslaw, and crispy fries. This entree was another hit!
Finally, I ordered the Day Boat Sea Scallops with Chorizo. They were served on a bed of redskin mashed potatoes with spinach and mushrooms. Oh my. My mom and dad both agreed that while their entrees were good, mine stole the show. The spinach had a slight vinegary taste, while the mushrooms added earthiness. It was the smokey chorizo and the fresh scallops, however, that really made this a home run. We will be back and I will be ordering this entree again, it would be a crime not to!!
On Saturday, we headed to a barbeque at my Uncle Mike and Aunt Gerry’s house in Lewes, DE. Everyone contributed to the spread. I made an adapted version of Shutterbean’s Salt and Vinegar Potato Salad, which was to die for– this recipe will be coming soon! My mom also made a Hungry Girl Pasta Salad, and I made my Funfetti Dip. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Don’t they have a gorgeous backyard?! They even rented a tent and tables to help keep everyone cool, which was necessary on such a hot August afternoon!
It really was a wonderful weekend, and it was so great to visit with members of my family, whom I don’t get to see that often. I’m back in DC today getting a few things taken care of to prepare for school. Speaking of school, I am going to try to continue to post three times a week, but I wanted to let you all know that my posts may need to be cut back to two or even just one a week. But we’ll just have to see! Over and out!