A Chance for Romance on the Bay
~ 17 Sweet Spots for Valentine's Day ~
Susan Elnicki Wade, September 6, 2013
     When a male crab feels amorous, he flirts by kicking his legs and stirring up a storm of sand near a female who catches his eye stocks. If she likes what she sees, she sways side-to-side and waves her claws coquettishly. After-glow lasts for days, while he tenderly cradles her beneath him and escorts his beau through the waves to safe spawning grounds.
     So if a crab can be romantic, can a crab deck follow suit? Absolutely! The Chesapeake Bay is laced with restaurants that create an ambiance for amore. They’ve got cozy fireplaces and soft candle light to set a sultry mood. Plus they’re located along the shores with breathtaking views of stars winking above the Bay’s icy waters.
     Our years of kicking around the Bay have unveiled places that can get your Valentine’s heart thumping. If you take care of the red roses and chocolate, we’ll help set the stage for an evening of crustacean infatuation. Here are our top spots for courting crab lovers:

Intimate Urban Charm
     Whether your sweetheart desires a night on the town or wants city noise to fade into the background, Baltimore’s got you covered with an eclectic array of options ranging from a restored 18th century tavern to a dreamy Polynesian lounge. Plus, it’s the perfect city to test the aphrodisiac magic of oysters plucked fresh from the Bay. Our top picks: 
Thames Street Oyster House, www.thamesstreetoysterhouse.com

Tabrizi’s Restaurant, www.tabrizis.com

Waterfront Kitchen, www.waterfrontkitchen.com

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, www.roysrestaurant.com

Kali’s Court Restaurant, www.kaliscourt.com

Moonstruck on the Eastern Shore
     The Eastern Shore is steeped in casual elegance and rural tranquility, and a jaunt across the Bay Bridge delivers some of the region’s top chefs and memorable dining spots. You can whisk your Valentine away from the every day and wrap your hands around warm drinks by a crackling fire. Historic mansions and romantic B&Bs await with tantalizing treats and seasonal specialties. Our favorites:
Sherwood’s Landing at the Inn at Perry Cabin, www.perrycabin.com

Kent Manor Inn & Restaurant, www.kentmanor.com

Kitty Knight House Restaurant, www.kittyknight.com

Tilghman Island Inn, www.tilghmanislandinn.com

Pope’s Tavern at the Oxford Inn, www.oxfordinn.net/dining.html

Love with a Capital L
     Just strolling through the cobblestone streets of Annapolis can get sparks flying on the Big Date Night. And
to counter this year’s chilly winter temps, Maryland’s capital offers sweet spots to warm the hands and the
heart. After enjoying a romantic meal, you could head over to the City Dock for a nightcap. For a special evening, start with:
O’Learys Seafood Restaurant, www.olearysseafood.com

Carrol's Creek Waterfront Restaurant, www.carrolscreek.com

Severn Inn, www.severninn.com

Treaty of Paris Restaurant, www.historicinnsofannapolis.com/annapolis-restaurants.aspx

Cupid, Pull Back Your Bow
     The Upper Bay has a unique spin on romance. Comfortably nestled between Baltimore and Philly, restaurants in these parts have the right touch for accommodating Valentine wishes. At the mouth of the Susquehanna River and along the C&D Canal, you discover getaway destinations with multiple personalities – formal dining, casual pubs, even tiki bars –all under one roof. Everyone seeking a romantic feast is welcome. Check out:
Wellwood Restaurant,

Bayard House Restaurant,

Chesapeake Inn Restaurant, www.martuscelliandsons.com/ci
     Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget to make reservations.

Crab Decks & Tiki Bars of the Chesapeake Bay
2916 Northampton Street, NW, Washington, DC 20015
(202) 531-7135,