Mini Crab Cakes on the Shore


For lunch today, my wife and I went to the Coach House Tavern, located in the clubhouse at the Bay Creek Resort and Club in Cape Charles, Virginia. For those not familiar with the area, Cape Charles is an old railroad town on the southern part of the Delmarva Peninsula, known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

If you don’t live there (on the Shore) you either have to take 13 south from Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel north from Virginia Beach. If you take the CBBT, make sure you have an “Easy Pass” or 12 dollars for the toll. If you go back within 24 hours, it’s only 5 bucks for the return. A bit pricey for a lunch trip, so I always suggest that people make a weekend trip out of it. Chincoteague is right up the road, it is definitely worth a visit.

So if you find yourself in Cape Charles, bring your golf clubs because there are two golf courses at Bay Creek, one designed by Jack and one by Arnold. While open to the public, the resort is gated, but all you have to do is tell security that you are there for a round of golf…or lunch at the Coach House Tavern!

Here is a hidden gem of a pub.

Mostly American pub fare, there seems to be something for everyone. Being located right off the Chesapeake Bay, the seafood is fresh caught and cooked superbly. My wife had the flounder. I have had it before and will say that the lightly seasoned breading is just awesome. The best flounder I have ever had. Period.

I ordered the mini crab cakes. They came in a basket (pub fare, remember?) with fries and homemade cole slaw. Light and fluffy, these bite-sized crab cakes were magnificent. The tarter sauce was seasoned with Old Bay perhaps? A perfect complement to the cakes.

Service was attentive yet not overbearing. The staff was friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. It did not matter to anyone that we were obviously not golfers. The Coach House Tavern is on my list of “Must Visit” places when we have out-of-town friends and relatives stop by for a visit.

While I understand the greens fees are higher than most for the area, the prices at the Coach House Tavern are very reasonable, with most main dishes priced between $8 – 15.

The Coach House Tavern – a nice way to start or finish a weekend venture to the Eastern Shore of Virginia!


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