Today, the Shrimp Boat on Route 611 in West Ocean City consists of the iconic roadside boat carrying daily specials, outside seating for take out and table service, and from a restaurant which is 10 years old in 2019. The prawns are always cooked with the head. to seal all the juices, and each customer can still taste one of the famous fresh shrimp; “Try it before you buy” is Captain Joe’s motto. “I want people to know they are getting the freshest product possible.”
It was 1989 when the business started, after Captain Joe settled down under an umbrella with a scale and a few chairs on the side of the highway. The following year he moved his inventory inside his boat and began selling shrimp along the 611, where the Shrimp Boat has remained ever since.
The Shrimp Boat has seen its share of families spanning generations returning to their favorite seafood restaurant summer after summer, or even fall after fall – the Shrimp Boat opens in April and runs through October. . Many of his loyal customers still remember the place before the restaurant arrived, when it was just an unpretentious boat by the side of the road, and it still often looks like the secret he once was. Even with the restaurant and its terraces booming, the Shrimp Boat still looks like the kind of place frequented only by savvy locals who know that apart from a lot of Old Bay, the secret to a tasty shellfish is to cook your head. Again to.
The cat has been out of the bag for a while now, and many tourists know that one of the best places to find fresh seafood is a 611 boat. However, in 2019, the Shrimp Boat still cultivates a laid back atmosphere. and friendly. who could keep most diners out on the patio, sipping a local craft beer for hours. It’s especially easy this summer, as every week the Shrimp Boat will be offering a $ 5 craft beer – this week it’s a Shore Craft Beer, Big Oyster Brewing Co.’s Hammerhead IPA, but next week this will be the brewery of Maryland Flying Dog’s Numero Uno summer cerveza, on the occasion of Cinco de Mayo.
Since 2019, the Shrimp Boat has also been named an Ocean-Friendly Restaurant by the Surfrider Foundation, which means they are engaging in a number of practices that reduce single-use plastics. They recently replaced their polystyrene take-out containers and soup bowls with biodegradable alternatives, and now when a customer asks for a straw, they get a PLA straw instead of plastic. It looks and looks like plastic, but Captain Joe’s nephew and current Shrimp Boat owner Joe White says it’s biodegradable and compostable – they don’t cheat!
Other recent additions to the Shrimp Boat include an expanded take-out seating area adjacent to the boat. They no longer offer table service in this area, but customers are welcome to enjoy their take-out at one of the tables or have a beer there while their food is cooking. Crab-stuffed plaice has been added to the menu, and from this week the Shrimp Boat is open seven days a week until the end of the season.