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"Fresh catch" is the magic phrase, but note that this is the one area of Maryland's and Virginia's Eastern Shore region in which crab is not king. Many diners like to time their meals with the view: don't forget that the sun rises over the Atlantic and sets behind Assawoman Bay.

Eating hard-shell crabs is an art. Novices can find step-by-step instructions and a helpful video at www.atlanticbreezes.com/crabpicking.htm .

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