Maryland’s Crab House

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

This place is cursed. No, not this particular restaurant, but this space. 3070 Windward Plaza Suite P, the back corner end unit on the double decker strip mall. As many as ten restaurants have operated in this strip mall, most of them successfully. But whoever opens up in suite P is doomed from the start. Maryland’s will be no different… mark my words.

First in suite P was Horseradish Grill. Next came Real Food, which was ‘real’ good in my opinion. A decent place to take clients. Then came the Loafing Leprechaun, an Irish pub that was mediocre at best. Now you’ll find Maryland’s Crab House.

I started seeing signs for Maryland’s about a month ago but found very little about them online. They are still thinly reviewed on the various online review websites. They also don’t have a website of their own. Very strange. I didn’t know what to expect in coming here for lunch yesterday. Real Food was a classy joint, so maybe Maryland’s will be too?

Well, not so much. The decor is that of a cheap fish house. They have fake crab traps and fishing nets on the walls. Just very tacky. Yet at the same time you’ll find white tablecloths and napkins. I don’t really know what they are trying to be, a fancy joint to entertain clients or something out of Myrtle Beach? The prices on the dinner menu suggest that of a fancy joint. The lunch options suggest deep fried tourist grub.

I ordered a pretty straightforward fried shrimp platter. On the lunch menu, this is about nine bucks. You’ll get about a dozen small to medium sized shrimp in a peppery batter. I was a little disappointed that cocktail sauce didn’t come with my meal, but they provided some upon request. The shrimp were decent but nothing to write home about. Most lunch items come with steak fries and two hush puppies. Drink prices are steep.

My wife ordered shrimp and grits. Strangely enough, the shrimp on this entree were also fried. The combination didn’t go well together.

I couldn’t get past the abundance of fried food on the lunch menu. That along with the decor made this place feel like a Myrtle Beach tourist trap. They should be serving this stuff on newspaper in a basket and not on white tablecloths. Maybe the dinner experience is different (it ought to be with the price tag).

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by predicting another restaurant failure in suite P. Maybe one day a restaurant will thrive here. Inside it is cool space for a restaurant… just not THIS restaurant.
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8 Responses to “Maryland’s Crab House”

  1. Fair & Balanced February 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    While we’re talking about restaurants – two things that keep me up at night:

    1 – Is there a law, in Georgia, forcing restaurants that have televisions to tune in to Fox “News?” Really, if I must watch infomercials, I’d rather see Ab Rollers and Magic Juicers.

    2 – Is it me or couples over 19 should not sit on the same side of a table when dining by themselves? Dudes, you’re in your 40s and this is not Steak & Shakes!

  2. Lee February 20, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    Georgia is a red state, and north Fulton is a very red part of that. Didn’t you get the memo? :-P

    On the rare occasion I get to dine with my wife alone (without kids), I often sit on the same side as her. That way we can both see the Fox News, right?

  3. Fair & Balanced February 20, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Makes sense.

    More red than North Fulton and you’re Sarah Palin’s lipstick.

    Pray for rain!

  4. crazy dave May 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    its seems like you all have been locked in closets ? when last time you been to a rest. i have been here the seafood is the best ever had and the only seafood in alpharetta my self and my wife has been there over ten times and always had a great meal so for all you no goers that dont no how to eat good seafood needs to stop making false statements and no this place has not been cursed its just that the city of alphareetta will not allow signage so patrons can see all the resrauntaunt thats been there and maybe they need to advertise more its a great place and beautiful place ,sitting and has a large patio so folks dont be run off by others comments god bless those who are in sin of the lord and may your day be served upon you amen.

  5. Lee May 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Crazy Dave. I’ve written a few run-on sentences in my day, but you sir take the top prize in this category!

    I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida, so I’ve had my fair share of good seafood including fresh off-the-boat shrimp. That being said, the shrimp at Maryland’s were not terrible by Alpharetta standards. They just didn’t stand out. I don’t want this place to fail, I just think this is a terrible location for a restaurant (you mention some reasons as well).

    If you know the owners, I would suggest they read some of the articles I’ve written recently. I have a series of posts for restaurant owners on how to handle online reviews, blogs and social networking. I think it would be a BIG help to this particular restaurant. They are getting some TERRIBLE reviews on urbanspoon and google. They, more than most restaurants, need to embrace these concepts.

    Again, thanks for the comment.
    -Lee

  6. Craig June 2, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    I think Crazy Dave is sexywoman in drag…..need I say more?

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