Open May 1 to Sept 30
Monday to Saturday 11 - 7
Sunday 12:30 - 5
Lunch specials were:
Cup of Tangier Crab soup with Oyster Sandwich $9.95
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and 1 side
Crab & Shrimp dip w/ Salad $7.99
Fish Sandwich with Crabby Fries (dusted with Old Bay and served with vinegar) $8.50
Crabcake/Fried Shrimp Dinner w 2 sides $18.99
The dinner menu includes a two crabcake dinner for $19.00, and a Tangier seafood medley platter which consists of a crab cake, filet of fish, soft shell crab, scallops, oysters, clam strips and shrimp for $20.99.
You can also get individual fried oysters, jumbo fried shrimp, shirmp scampi, scallops, and filet of flounder. All entrees get a bread basket and a choice of sides - french fries, baked potato, green beans, house salad or cole slaw.
Favorite Dish: We both had iced tea, a cup of Tangier Crab Soup and an apple pan dowdy. The total bill including tax was $21.86, and Bob left the tip in cash.
The rest of the picture shows the lighthouse that was on the rest room door, and a bit of the chalkboard which has the specials.
Restaurant Hours open: 6:30 AM until 6:00 PM No one will be seated for dinner after 5:15 so that the restaurant can close at 6. Also the restaurant is only open during the season (May 1 to October 31)
Favorite Dish: Dinner is $17.00 each for all you can eat. They start out putting the cold dishes on the table (cole slaw, potato salad, pickled beets, ham, and applesauce), and then add rolls, green beans, corn pudding, fried clam fritters, and then you ask for either one or two crab cakes (which are round). It finishes up with home made pound cake.
You can have as much as you want of anything except the crab cakes (you can have one or two of them) and the pound cake of which everyone gets one serving.
Breakfast is: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Virginia Ham, Chesapeake Style Fried Potatoes, and Home-made Fried Bread, Cheddar Cheese,Preserves, Juice, and Beverages
Breakfast is served daily at $6.75 per person
There are signs on this fence for four eating establishments - Fisherman's Corner (where we had lunch), Spanky's, Lorraine's Sandwich Shop, and the Channel Marker restaurant.
Favorite Dish: We never got to Lorraines. The sign says:
"Come in and enjoy our daily homemade specials, Friendly Atmosphere, Air Conditioning."
"We offer a wide variety of seafood, subs, cold cuts, pizzas, salads, soups, sodas, coffee, milk shakes."
We didn't eat here, but I stopped to pet the cat that was outside. I have been informed that the cat's name is Otis.
We saw several folks that come over on the ferry who went in here to eat.
Favorite Dish: When the Blue Crab was running, they offered seafood sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads, deli sandwiches, wraps, crab cakes, gourmet coffee, desserts, frozen fruit and coffee smoothies.. The signboard out front said a crab cake sandwich and Old Bay fries was $8.99, and the other special was roast beef with onion rings $5.50
This restaurant is apparently run by another branch of the Crockett family, and they have a web page with pictures and menus.
The web page says in part:
The Channel Marker Restaurant has a seating capacity of 135 persons. You have the option of enjoying the air-conditioned section of our restaurant or our air fresh Crab Deck...
"The Island welcomes visitors year round; but, the best time to visit is from Memorial Day Weekend until mid October"
It is open seven days a week, and also has a gallery of art associated with it.
From time to time specials include; Stuffed Jumbo Shell with Creamy Crabment, Crabcake Sandwich with a Cup of Soup, Stuffed Softshell Crabs with Two Sides, Fried Jumbo Shrimp with Two Sides, Hamburger Steak with Mashed Potatoes. (see photos 4 and 5 for specials of the day)
Noted painter, philospher, outdoor enthusiast and skillful teacher, Willie Crockett invites you to experience with him the gracefulness and life on and around the Chesapeake Bay.
Willie speaks with the strong dialect of his native Tangier Island and paints with equal strength of his life-long, intimate knowlege of the Chesapeake. Many consider his paintings as among the most honest and moving portrayals of the Bay's drama and beauty
Favorite Dish: We walked back to the Channel Marker for dinner about 6. We knew this was one of the few places that was open after the last ferry went back and Hilda Crocketts' last service is at five.
At first it didn't seem to be open, but eventually we were seated (although the sign said 6-8 kids
only 8-10 adults only). They gave us a small loaf of bread with honey butter. The bread was almost toast - it seemed like it had been reheated multiple times.
Bob had one of the specials - crabcake sandwich with a cup of vegetable crab soup for $12.95 (photo 2). The soup looked excellent. I had crab meat sauteed in butter with cole slaw and green beans for $15.99 from the regular menu (photo 3). It was very good.
The menu says "IN MEMORY of JONATHAN - July 12, 1972 - August 14, 06
Opened in His Memory On March 30 2007"
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday (11 am 2 pm - Nights 5 pm-10 pm). Saturday night - 11pm/Sunday 12:30-6 pm. Nights 8-10 pm
One of the main things to do after dinner is to go to Spanky's for ice cream. We didn't do that as we had plenty to eat at Hilda Crocketts, but the teenage boys that were sitting with us at the table did - they rode their bikes down to get ice cream. They also have sandwiches and snacks
When we walked up here to get some ice cream in 2007, they were closed and were going to reopen later. But we didn't want to wait.
Favorite Dish: You have a choice of 16 kinds of scooped ice cream