Decent fare, cozy room

September 26, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

Crisfield II has a pretty country French decor but don't expect French cuisine here. The menu almost exclusively offers Eastern Shore seafood dishes. There are no frills, just simple dishes that are made with fresh ingredients and served with care.

This is a good place to go if you are looking for a decent meal, but would rather eat in a cozy family room rather than a stiff, formal dining room. The casual atmosphere is created with lace curtains, posy-print wallpaper and cloth place mats.

We started with crab fingers ($7), which featured crab that was fresh and moist.

We also had a shrimp special ($8). The steamed, plump shrimp were doused in a tasty pepper and ginger sauce and served with a spicy cocktail sauce.

We also ordered the victory garden salad ($3), which was a nice mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce with sliced red and green peppers, tomato, fresh mushrooms, black olives and carrots.

For our entrees, we tried the broiled combination ($22), which included stuffed fresh fish, stuffed shrimp and lobster tail. We also had the Callahan crab ($17.50), which the menu says is served with a secret sauce.

The broiled combination had a nice flounder fillet filled with a tasty crab imperial. The stuffed shrimp was breaded and fried and plumped with crab, and there was a good lobster tail served with drawn butter.

The Callahan crab had a hefty amount of lump crab meat served in a sweet, creamy sauce. We really enjoyed the light and fluffy texture of the dish.

Our entrees came with a choice of two vegetables.

After such a satisfying meal, we were ready to top it off with a great dessert, but we found these to be disappointing. Our triple chocolate cake ($4.25) turned out to be an uneventful offering. Our pecan pie ($4.25) was also ordinary and had a soggy crust.

CRISFIELD II

Where: 11604 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, (410) 524-1311

Hours: Open Thursdays to Tuesdays for dinner. Dinner served 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, to 10:30 p.m. weekends.

Credit cards: Visa and Master Card

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