Sunday, May 2, 2010

First Crab Feast of the Season

Yesterday, we set out for our first lunch cruise. After sending out an e-mail Thursday morning, we had a full crew within a couple of hours. So, 8 of us set off in search of Cantler's. Doug and I had never been there before but it came with great reviews from a few friends (including one on the trip with us).

I had no intention of getting in the water but it sure was nice to be able to wear a bikini top this early in May. Girls sure think alike. Another friend also showed up in her bathing suit and was excited to see that she wasn't the only one. I sometimes feel strange wearing a bathing suit top in the middle of Baltimore but being near a marina makes it appropriate.

IPods are great on a boat. I have created a playlist of upbeat songs for boat trips. The problem with IPods is that the songs sometimes "record" at differing volume levels. I have to apologize to the whole crew for turning up the volume right before "Love Shack" and blasting out everyone's ear drums. I also have to apologize to the Captain (aka my husband) - the sudden loud noise made him think one of the engines had just blown. Thanks to everyone for the singing and dancing entertainment while underway. :)

My personal review of the restaurant:

The positives
  • It's an easy hour and fifteen minute boat ride from Baltimore.
  • The homes along Mill Creek are beautiful and fun to dream about.
  • The restaurant was very busy yet we managed to score a table outside under cover within 15 minutes. (Normally you would think you would want to be in the sun. This particular May 1 was 90 degrees, we would have been baking within minutes.)
  • FANTASTIC group of people on the trip

The negatives

  • No real atmosphere at Cantler's - just a whole bunch of overcrowded too small tables. (Granted it was one of the first beautiful Saturdays in MD.)
  • While the wait staff was very hard-working and attentive, one person's meal finally came out an hour later when the rest of us were finishing up.


I'll plan to visit Waterman's in Rock Hall or Cheshire Crab in Pasadena before going back to Cantler's. Both of these places have proven to be a great experience and are just as easy of a trip.

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