Seacrets, a Jamaican-style bar and restaurant on the bay, is a colorful, lively escape from the hustle and bustle of Ocean City.
That's not to imply you won't find crowds here. You will. But the bay views, reggae, hanging plants, palm trees and open air will make you feel as if you were on a Caribbean island.
The atmosphere, the menu and the service are casual, enticing guests to sit back and relax. We did.
While mulling over the menu, we nibbled on fresh vegetables, cheese and dip -- a "munchie plate" ($5.25), and sipped specialty drinks -- Jamaican Delight, a tasty concoction of light and dark rum, orange and pineapple juice.
Although the menu is limited, the selections are appetizing and differ slightly from other well-known Ocean City eateries. There's a variety of chicken entrees and salads.
There's also seafood, such as a crab saute ($14.50), lots of jumbo lump crab, and seafood kebabs ($14.50), grilled shrimp and pineapple basted in a Dijon mustard sauce. Dinner entrees are served with rice and peas and a vegetable of the day.
The appetizers include a cream of crab soup ($4.50) and crab balls ($6.25).
Seacrets doesn't have a children's menu. But appetizers or a Jamaican pizza ( $5.50) -- a flavorful, doughy pie, topped with green onions, tomatoes, seasonings, and mozzarella and Cheddar cheese -- are more than adequate. Add some Jamaican fries ($3.25), spicy potato wedges, and our kids were more than satisfied.
The adults chose a ham and cheese sandwich ($4.75), described as "de best ham we could find wit Swiss cheese," and beef tips, marinated and grilled and served with peppers and onions. Served with rice and peas and green beans, the entree was wonderful. The tips were tender and cooked to order. Sandwiches are served with chips and a pickle.
For dessert, we ordered Jenny Cake ($2.75), a chocolate cake made from scratch, a slice of banana bread ($2.50) and #i homemade ice cream ($3).
The banana bread was a bit dry, but the other desserts more than met our expectations. The ice cream flavor changes daily. We had a generous heaping of strawberry ice cream with chocolate covered almonds.
Seacrets is a fun place to eat. It gets crowded, so arrive early or make reservations. The casual eatery asks that guests without reservations seat themselves. That can be chaotic, especially with kids, when the dinner hour is well under way. Fortunately, the staff quickly helped us find a table.
Where: 49th Street, bay side, (410) 524-4900.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays to Saturdays, noon to 2 a.m. Sundays.
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.
Non-smoking section? No.