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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Island Hop Around Maryland's Eastern Shore


4. Insider’s Tip

Big Al’s is among the local establishments that sell special crab seasoning blends.  

No Eastern Shore local would be caught dead with a tin of Old Bay. Here, most crab shacks have their own seasoning recipe and swear theirs is the best. In Rock Hall, Chester River Seafood mixes their own blend using mustard, red and black pepper, and thyme ($5 per pint). St. Michael’s seafood shop Big Al’s (a Rumsfeld family favorite) sells their special blend in plastic bags for $2.50.

Published on Oct 6, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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