Why Crisfield’s isn’t overrun by hipsters, I do not know. Crisfield Seafood is superb. Effortlessly so, seemingly. And it is not swarming with neophytes, hooray.
I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this old flame. Forgive me my lapses, I have been away waywayway too long.
Crab Cake, Crab Salad, Fried Perch, Oyster, SOFTSHELL. Get thee to a softshell. So tender and sweet when they have just shed the straightjacket of youth – one of their youths to be precise. Back to the vulnerability of infancy, they are tasty, poor things.
Crisfield Seafood is old DC, the DC that patronized Reeve’s Bakery and Restaurant, Whitlow’s on E Street , Scholl’s Cafeteria, the original Old Ebbitt Grill , the counter at People’s , and Schwartz’s Drugs lunch counter .
Crisfield’s is not a ghost of DC past. It lives and breathes.
They do not serve oysters in the summer, there are four to a plate of softshells and the counterman heartily recommends the cheesecake. We admired his salesmanship and shared a slice – creamy, nutty, caramely, fresh, just as promised.