Top “Must Try” Foods in Ocean City Maryland

Top Must Try Foods In Ocean City Maryland 1

When headed down to Ocean City, Maryland to stay at the Princess Royale on vacation, you know crab has to be on the menu…but we wanted you to find out what other local specialties should be part of our “Must Try” roundup.  After consulting with locals and doing some experimentation, here is our short list of the best food in Ocean City.

Thrashers French FriesThrasher’s French Fries

Thrasher’s French Fries have been tempting Ocean City visitors since 1929 and are still a favorite boardwalk food made from the simplest ingredients…potatoes, peanut oil, apple cider vinegar and salt. A visit to the Ocean City Maryland boardwalk is not complete without stopping for these amazing french fries. In 1929, a Georgian known as Mr. J.T. Thrasher introduced a unique concept into the business community of Ocean City, Maryland. This creative Southerner proposed a food stand concession, which would specialize in only one product: the noble French fry. Meeting with skepticism, Mr. Thrasher, an extremely religious man, forged ahead with his fledgling enterprise. His idea? Simply to produce the best tasting French fry ever eaten – past, present or future. He did. Nowhere will be a better fry be found – anywhere!

401 S Atlantic Ave #1, Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-7232
Phone: 410.289.7232

Fractured Prune Donuts

The Fractured Prune® has been an Ocean City, MD landmark since 1976. It has been a tradition for many doughnut lovers far and wide. These doughnut lovers line up in the early morning, around the block in the anticipation of creating and tasting their own creation. Instead of rows of donuts, you pick your flavor and they crank them out and glaze them right in front of you with mouthwatering flavors like OC Sand, S’more and Peppermint Patty.

81st Street & Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 410.524.4688

The Crab Bag’s Steamed Crabs

Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m., seven days, year-round, the Crab Bag is the place to satisfy your craving for the state crustacean: the blue crab. It’s also the best place to meet a happy local to teach you how to eat them. These folks have been doing it since birth, each with their own method of mallet, knife plus twisting and cracking. No matter who your guide is (they’re all more efficient than you), the main theme is to take your time, sit back, sip your beer and chat up your family and friends. Oh, and as the summer cools into fall, the crabs are best. A heavy crab is a real score and you can’t go wrong at the Crab Bag!

130th Street & Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 410.250.3777

Fisher’s PopcornFisher’s Popcorn

Fisher’s Popcorn has been making the world’s best caramel popcorn for a long time. Their popcorn is made by hand in small batches with all natural, gluten free ingredients. The world has changed quite a bit since Everett Fisher started popping corn in 1937, but their caramel popcorn has remained exactly the same. Fisher’s is the best tasting popcorn in the world, made the same way, by the same family, in the same place, with the same natural ingredients. Nothing else even comes close!

200 S Boardwalk
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 888.395.0335

Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy

Dolle’s Candyland is an Ocean City, MD tradition, located on the boardwalk. Dolle’s World Famous Salt Water Taffy has been made daily on the premises since 1910. They use only the finest and freshest ingredients in making their famous seaside treat. You can test the freshness of their taffy by it’s delightful chew and seemingly endless pull. Because of Dolle’s care and passion for creating the best taffy their name is known worldwide. Dolle’s has been manufacturing award-winning salt water taffy since 1910.

500 S Boardwalk
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 800.337.6001


Seacret’s Jerk Chicken

JERK CHICKEN is Seacret’s house specialty. Seven pieces of all natural chicken tenderloin marinated for 48 hours in“de Seacret sauce” and cooked perfectly to a golden brown. It’s served with their homemade honey mustard…delicious! Seacrets has good food, an incredible tropical setting and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat right on the bay to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

49th St & Bay
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 410.524.4900

General's Kitchen Creamed Chipped BeefGeneral’s Kitchen Creamed Chipped Beef

Another Ocean City classic, the famous creamed chipped beef is just the tip of the rib-sticking breakfast menu at this much-loved old-fashioned restaurant. In the summer time, there is not a day you won’t see a line down the street, and sometimes it will even come around the building. A lot of these people are repeat customers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and all over. It’s all about the tradition and the food. There are not that many restaurants in Ocean City that have been here more than 45 years. They open their doors at 6:30 a.m. and serving home-made breakfast and lunch recipes, and of course the famous creamed chipped beef recipe that original owner Gus Bollas created himself.

6601 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 410-723-0477

Captain’s Galley II Crab CakeCaptain’s Galley II Crab Cake

Home of the Shore best crab cake is this unassuming West Ocean City restaurant. Their Crab Cakes have the right proportion of crab to nearly non-existent filler and the right amount of spice, and are truly an authentic Maryland Crab Cake. They’re big, beautiful and lumpy, and they taste even better on the restaurant’s second-story waterside decks!

12817 Harbor Road
Ocean City, Maryland 21842
Phone: 410.213.2525