I think we all enjoy a good restaurant. And I, in particular, enjoy a good seafood restaurant. that’s probably because I was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, an area known as Delmarva because it bridges both Delaware and Virginia.
More specifically, the Eastern Shore is home to the best of the world famous blue crabs. The fact that they’re so delicious on the peninsula is probably owing to equal parts climate (breeding and growing conditions) and the particular concoction created in the area and now famously known as Old Bay seasoning. It’s spicy, savory and and the specific recipe is kept under lock and key at the McCormick Spice Company – but it is amazing and blends perfectly with the sweet flavor of blue crab meat.
I had a phenomenal crab cake sandwich the other day at a relatively new restaurant and bar in small town St. Michaels at a place called Front Street. It turns out that the chef who prepared this culinary treat is classically trained, but not a native of the Eastern Shore. His name is Eric Nunamaker, and he forms the “kitchen half” of the duo that everyone in the area now calls Mike & Eric for their growing reputation as Eastern Shore foodies.
The “Mike part” is Michael Whittington, a native of the Shore who is completely in his element when whirling around the bar and dining area interacting with patrons. His laugh and personality are both informal and inviting. As host of Mike & Eric’s, he is certainly in his element.
I may be a creature of habit in ordering the crab cake sandwich, as their menu branches out in directions that aren’t local at all. What’s really obvious is that Eric is born to prepare sauces that tantalize. His flavorings are strong parts of recipes that involve lamb or steak, too. As I said, the menu will take you into places that amaze!
Third partner Randy Schiera joined the mix with this opening. He can be seen in both kitchen and dining room, but what really shines with his involvement is his ability to create mouthwatering quiches for the daily special. Paired with a light and refreshing salad – the Watermelon salad itself can bring any brutally hot day back in line – the quiche du jour is is an inexpensive lunch item that has St. Michaels abuzz.
I could ramble on and on about the entertainment and bar atmosphere, or even the dig-friendly back deck. And yes, they really do hope you’ll bring your pooch! Mike has two dogs of his own and will steal your pet’s heart with treats and cuddles. I saw it first hand as he did the same with my flighty terrier-chihuahua mix, who clearly loved the experience.
My suggestion is to go go go. It was fun, casual and friendly. But the food that comes to your table from the kitchen is made with all the attention in the world. What a perfect combination for an evening out, or a quick St. Michaels lunch treat.