For years, my husband and I would take our annual pilgramage to the "Jersey Shore" and stop for dinner at a local seafood restaurant, called the Crab Trap - located in Somers Point, NJ (just outside of Ocean City, NJ). While in prior years, we've thoroughly enjoyed our meals, I wish I could say the same for our visit this weekend.
For starters, we've noticed a significant jump in prices. Granted, everything has gone up, but meals have definitely become more expensive. I had two deviled crabs ($17.95) and my husband had the "Second Mate" (mixed seafood) platter which set us back $31.95.
Not to be total doom and gloom, the Maryland-style crab soup is still to die for! It's so good, but a small bowl is now $4.95. Ouch. My deviled crabs were very good, but my husband was disappointed with his broiled seafood platter. He had one (1) shrimp on his plate, (1) deviled crab casino (or so we think that's what it was), a very small piece of fish (we think it was flounder), maybe 4 small scallops and a half of a lobster tail with claw. My husband claims his food was all over-cooked, somewhat tough, and very salty. I suggested he send it back, but he's "too nice" to send food back.
I also noted that none of the tables had oyster crackers in a bowl together with a jar of horseradish is long gone. Perhaps a sign of the times - sanitary purposes or simply a budget cut.
If you like a crowded place, typically with a long wait, then by all means - visit the Crab Trap. I guess they're doing something right, though, considering how crowded the restaurant was.