Sunbury Crab Company
The Sunbury Crab Company is at 541 Brigantine-Dunmore Road in Sunbury. It is open Wednesday-Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8:30 p.m. It will be closed Thanksgiving Day but will be open for that Friday escape by 5 p.m. For more information, call 912-884-8640.
In my last column, I talked about re-creating the art of cooking with family or friends — the idea of expressing gratitude and creating memories centered on the tradition of a Thanksgiving meal.
Tomorrow, plenty of families will gather together and create wondrous memories, forge new friendships, dine and give thanks.
And if you are like me, by Friday afternoon, the mere thought of partaking in another leftover turkey dish will no longer sound so appetizing. Especially if you’ve been picking at leftovers within hours of finishing your Thanksgiving meal. And picking, and picking and picking.
No, I don’t want another turkey sandwich. I’ve already overstuffed myself with stuffing. I ate the bowl of leftover mashed potatoes last night while you all slept. Please, by all means, go ahead and finish the cranberry sauce, just take it away from me.
To top it all off, the day after Thanksgiving is not a day you want to be out on main thoroughfares. There is this little thing that happens every year called Black Friday. It temporarily turns people into shopping zombies, and no child or family is safe on the road or in the stores.
The frenzied rush of people weaving through traffic and jamming their vehicles into an already-near-capacity parking lot at Wal-Mart is exacerbated by the craziness of the shenanigans taking place inside the stores.
Some might argue that watching two women wrestle over the last pair of winter boots marked at 65 percent off is a spectator sport worthy of a cushioned seat and a bag of popcorn. But I just can’t handle the jungle-like atmosphere that shopping the day after Thanksgiving has become.
Nope, not for me.
So what are some options if you are all turkeyed out and not willing to face the masses?
I, for one, will look to venture out to my favorite tasty and hidden retreat — the Sunbury Crab Company.
Head east on Highway 84, pass Trade Port East, pass the Dorchester Civic Center and follow the signs that point the way to the treasured and long-established eatery.
When you can pull up to a seafood establishment that is tucked away, yet right on the water with its own marina and purveyors of crabs, oysters and shrimps, you know you are pulling up to a great meal. And there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The diner overlooks Blackbeard Creek. The scenic marsh setting is breath-taking. Just next door, the shrimp boats are docked, offering a look at the majestic vessels that go out to pluck the sweetest-tasting shrimp from the coastal waters.
The family-run diner has a staff that routinely goes out to bring and catch the blue crabs, oysters and fish. It is farm to table — seafood style.
October brought the beginning of oyster season, and I can’t think of a better place to go locally for freshly picked and steamed oysters or a fried oyster basket with a side of coleslaw.
My all-time favorite at the Sunbury Crab Company is the blue-crab bucket.
Just give me a bucket of those blue crabs, a few Land Sharks (that’s beer, folks, not a real shark), a wooden mallet to crack the shells, a bib, and then stay clear folks. I’m going in.
Sometimes, it takes a little work in getting the crabmeat out of those tight areas in the carapace (the back shell) and legs, but the succulent lump crabmeat is well worth the fight. And I consider the struggle my workout for the day.
If I happen to be in the mood for shrimp, I often order two of appetizers — the spicy garlic shrimp and the Buffalo shrimp. Then, just to make sure I end up in a full food coma, I’ll add an order of bacon cheese fries.
At this point, just hand me a stack of wet towels, a beer or two to wash the food down, and a spot outside in the patio area where I can lay down a pillow and sleep afterward.
Sunbury Crab’s fish sandwich has always been tasty and fresh, and the food portions are always more-than plenty. Add in the ambiance and the cool marsh breeze on a November afternoon, and you’ll see why the Sunbury Crab Company is a perfect getaway during a frenzied holiday. If you have family visiting, it is also a great place to share new experiences and create long-lasting memories of a special holiday retreat.