When I noticed the bartender whipping up a Bloody Mary for a regular who had yet to even enter the building, I knew that I was going to enjoy my meal at Barbara’s On the Bay. My first impression was right. This restaurant, which overlooks quiet Betterton Beach and has a deck area for guests who want a great view of the sand and water, serves up a bowl of Maryland crab soup that is equal to that of former restaurant C.M. Tugs Grub N Pub in its prime.
I made a left when I exited the beach parking lot and drove the very short distance to the restaurant’s parking lot. If you have a nice parking spot at the beach and everyone in your party is able to do so, you might as well just walk to the restaurant. I did so when I checked the hours of operation a half hour before and it was an easy walk. (Hours of operation and a welcome message are written in chalk on a board beside the restaurant door. Currently, Barbara’s is closed Monday and Tuesday and open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:30 to 8. Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open 11:30 to 9. Dinner service begins at 5 p.m.)
I was welcomed and seated quickly at my choice of tables when I came in the door. I asked for an indoor table by the window, but most the guests seem to prefer deck seating so they can soak up the view.
I ordered a bowl of Maryland crab soup and one of the daily specials, flatbread with shrimp ($13.99) The signature Old Bay Flavor of this meat filled soup was just strong enough to leave my lips tingling. Yum! The flatbread special arrived with a salad, which was decent. It had several types of greens and some nice slices of cucumber. Dressing was on the side, which I always appreciate. The flatbread itself was downright beautiful to look at, with the sauce drizzled artfully over it. The taste was just as appealing as the appearance – the perfect marriage of flavors. Another yum! I’d definitely recommend both these options. The glimpses I got of other diners’ meals, such as the burger and the omelette, had me thinking about coming back another day for dinner in the near future.
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12 Ericcson Avenue
Betterton, MD 21610