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  • Hard shell crabs - $45/dozen - males
    Hard shell crabs - $45/dozen - males
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  • Brown paper covered tables inside
    Brown paper covered tables inside
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  • Seafood Chowder $5.25
    Seafood Chowder $5.25
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Sandgates Restaurants

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    A dozen hard crabs 4 more images

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    We had a choice of two places where my mom said we could get hard crabs - here and Captain Leonards. We picked this place because the crabs were $5.00 cheaper per dozen.

    Favorite Dish: We had 18 hard crabs (a dozen and a half) which were all males for $68.00. Carol had two, my mom had two, and Davie, my dad and Jim finished up the rest. Seth just had a ginger ale and I don't eat seafood. Carol and Davie also had broccoli cheese bites, and I had a shrimp basket. Jim also ordered a salad and stuffed shrimp, which had a medium size shrimp completely surrounded by crab meat so that the shrimp ended up about the size of a lacrosse ball. According to the folks eating them, the crabs were good. Jim didn't like the stuffing on the shrimp.

    The bill for 7 people (well really only 5 people eating and two people drinking) was $150+ and the tax was $10 because there was also an alcohol tax. But that's not bad for seven people.

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    Sign by gas station on MD Rte. 235 4 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 27, 2013

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    On the Patuxent River (away from the main highway). Open year round. But CLOSED Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

    This restaurant is right next door to the Seabreeze.

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    Favorite Dish: Steamed crabs is what they specialize in

    We finally visited this restaurant when one of our daughter's friends wanted to eat hard crabs. Bob had the crab vegetable soup first and I had the seafood chowder (which was like cream of crab soup). The tab for six people eating a dozen and a half crabs, a salad, stuffed shrimp, a shrimp basket and broccoli bites, plus two Crown Royal ($6@), a Jagermeister, and two Gl D Yuengling ($3@) was $150+ and then there was a 21% alcohol tax and the food tax.

    They also have oysters, clams, sandwiches, and dinners. Waterfront and outside dining. Carryout available.

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    • Fishing

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    Part of Bob's shrimp and crablegs

    by grandmaR Written Oct 16, 2004

    While the PO address is Mechanicsville, this restaurant is in Sandgates on the water just after the Sandgates Inn. Crabs, fresh seafood, steaks, prime rib. Waterfront and outside dining. Carryout available. They also have some fishing piers and a couple of horseshoe pits.

    There is a bar and pool room on the back southeast side of the restaurant and the smoking section tables are alongside the bar on the west side. The non-smoking tables are all along the waterfront on the north side.

    I'm not sure if we ever came here to eat until a friend had a retirement party here. But I was impressed at that time so we came back.

    Favorite Dish: This is a crabhouse, but the crabs were $30/dozen (9/2004) and Bob thought that was too much. Instead, he had the Seabreeze Steamer - 1/2 pound of steamed shrimp and 1/2 pound of crab legs (pictured) with cole slaw and corn fritters for $13.95. The corn fritters were kind of a sweet dense cornbread hushpuppy/donut cross.

    I had the stuffed lobster special for $16.95 which came with a tossed salad and two sides. It was a chilly day so I had hot tea and Bob had iced tea (one free refill) for $1.25 each. They were out of coconut cake, so I ate Bob's leftover corn fritters for dessert.

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    Sea Breeze Fishing Pier at dusk

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2004

    There was no one using the pier at this time because there was a very brisk north wind and the sky was overcast and spitting rain. The spray from the waves came up almost to the restaurant.

    Equipment: If you are going to crab, bring chicken necks.

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    Horseshoe pits next to Sandgates restaurant

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2004

    I do not know about these horseshoe pits, except for having seen them. John Baggett park in Mechanicsville (he was the R&P director when Ryken still had a pool) has horseshoe pits also.

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