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Worth the trip!
“We travel from western PA to visit OC but ALWAYS stop here to treat ourselves to the best in seafood and a wonderful menu. Wouldn't miss it!”
- Marilyn Roseman
The BEST seafood!!!
“The food, the wonderful service, and the scenery make coming here an enjoyable experience any time of year. We love Old Salty's!”
- John and Laurie
Best Place Ever
“We have been going to your establishment for over 20 years and we have never had a bad experience. The food is the best and the staff is amazing and friendly. Everything is homemade, right down to the coconut cream pie. Thank you for all you do and we will be back soon!”
- Tina and Jay Hyde
Well worth the drive!
“Old Salty's is what real Eastern Shore cookin' is all about.”
- George and Kathy Ireland
Duane and Linda
“We have been coming to Hoopers Island and Old Saltys for ten years!! We love it! Food is great and the hospitality is awesome. We have purchased items in the gift shop that you can get only here. Thank you for being such a wonderful place to visit!!”
- Duane and Linda Masimore
“What can I say old salty's is awesome”
I will be back!
“We are visiting DC and wanted Maryland crab cakes. I was reading about the east shore of MD. I saw the reviews on this place and decided this is the place and it did not disappoint . The waitress offered us two different crab soups we got the cream of crab, but she also brought us the broth based one as well. They were both delicious. We loved the broiled crab cake with the baked pineapple side, delicious again with lots of crab and very moist. The bread pudding was also very good. Decor is 80s and food presentation is too, but as long as the food tastes great who cares.”
- Kimberly M.
“Wow !!! Best Crab Cake on the Eastern Shore, Cream of Crab Soup to Die For. Great views . All Fresh Seafood as the sign says " All our Seafood from local waters" The broiled Jumbo lump Crabcake is absolutely the best.”
- Tom T.
Love coming here!
“Rockfish. Crab. Beer. Great little Eastern Shore restaurant. But get there early. Things run on Dorchester County time. Which means, well, they aren't in the rush folks in DC are. And if you show up on Friday night on the last weekend of deer season, expect to wait even longer. But have no fear, the waitresses are top notch and friendly, and will ensure your drinks are never empty. Plus, everyone has a great time, and the time does fly when caught up in conversation.”
- Michael F.
This place is just amazing!
“When in Dorchester County Maryland no matter if your are on the way to and from Ocean City, doing Iron Man competitions, biking, fishing, birding or touring the historic sites schedule time to drive to Hooper's Island and dine for lunch or dinner at Old Salty's Restaurant located at Fishing Creek. Visually the drive to the island offers panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Honga River on the other side and on the narrow sections of Hooper's Islands you can see both. Old Salty's is located in the old high school, which to this day the gymnasium hosts many a special event from weddings to an upcoming concert from Ronny Dove on September 22. This is destination dining you need to drive there, as many do and have done repeatedly. Old Salty's is not fancy in the sense of high end surroundings, in fact, that would deter from country feel, the sense of family dining. Maryland crab meat, oysters and rockfish are the center of the plate literally and figuratively at Old Salty's, all come from the waters right there off Hooper's Island where fishing, harvesting oysters and crabbing have been a way of life for centuries. We left it up to Old Salty's owner Jay Newcomb to bring us samples of what he calls his specialties. A sampling of the lump crabmeat imperial topped plump oyster almost had me in tears - fresh, briny, rich and redolent of the bay waters with a hidden treasure, a real pearl. Newcomb has been the owner of Old Salty's for the past nine years, the previous owner had it for twenty years prior. Newcomb enhanced the offerings getting away from a lot of the fried foods, going to steamed-to-order sides like the squash medley with corn, kale, asparagus or the housemade cucumber and onion salad. Old Salty's offers two types of crab cakes both excellent but go for the gusto and get the broiled jumbo lump deluxe crab cake in a sandwich or on a platter. And know that it is always Maryland crabmeat even in the off season when Newcomb uses the crabmeat he had packed and pasteurized right there on Hooper's Island. If you have a "real hankerin" for Maryland blue crab ask for the crab trio; a soft shell crab, crab cake and crab imperial, choose two sides and enjoy the freshly made yeast rolls - in fact, Newcomb took me back to the kitchen when they were coming out of the oven. If for any reason someone in your party isn't into seafood, Old Salty's offers fried chicken, ham and prime cuts of beef and on Friday and Saturday nights a king cut of prime rib. Our view was just awe inspiring looking out over the Honga River but one of the best views at Old Salty's was seeing his selection of pies cooling; coconut cream, lemon and chocolate and Jay didn't disappoint sending out the lemon and chocolate and his very decadent bread pudding. Hooper's Island has its own rich history from growing tobacco early on to the birthplace of a national institution, Phillips Seafood who happens to be celebrating their 100th year to the new, innovative ways in aquaculture from Chesapeake Gold Oysters whose 3rd generation watermen are securing a future for Maryland's oyster industry. When the Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern visited Dorchester County, he visited Old Salty's Restaurant calling it "restaurant paradise." Fair warning, once you check out the slideshow you will be craving at least one if not more of Old Salty's culinary offerings. Make the time, make the trip and make sure you get a piece of pie.”
- Dara B.
“Excellent Seafood. Very impressed. Crab cakes, the very best in Maryland.”
- Leigh H.
“We drove 2 hours from Alexandria, VA to Old Salty's and the only thing I am sorry about is that I didn't know about this place BEFORE now! Crab cake - to. die. for. -- quite possibly the best I've ever had! Lemon Meringue pie - deeeeee-Licious! Quite an extensive menu - lots of things to choose from! WE WILL BE BACK - MANY TIMES TO COME!!!”
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