Photo: Cheryl Liu
A popular D.C. area seafood restaurant has successfully set up shop in the very sort of community it was created to evoke.
The Delaware Wave recently proclaimed that Jerry's Seafood -- modeled after a 25-year old "Eastern Shore-style seafood" joint in Lanham, Md. -- is "finding its niche after five years in the community" of Lewes, a beach resort town of 3500 along the northern edge of the Chesapeake.
It's not uncommon for successful restaurants to open outlets far from the big cities where they're first built. What's more unusual is when a chain moves into the very region it's designed to celebrate: Imagine the Rainforest Café in Brazil, or Don Pablo's in Mexico.
Fortunately for Chris Becker, a part-owner of the original Jerry's who decided to open a location in the town where she summered, Lewes didn't have any restaurants focusing exclusively on seafood when she went into business. Manager David McCarty attributes Jerry's small-town success partly to lack of competition – and primarily to its signature entrée, the Crab Bomb.
The bomb, a trademarked 10-ounce mound of crab, mayonnaise and Old Bay, sells for $34.
"There's no breading in our bombs," McCarty pledges.
McCarty describes the bomb as "about the size of a softball," and says nobody finishes it.
"Some people split it," he offers.
The bomb's been a hit with Delaware's discerning seafood eaters, but Becker told the Wave that the appeal isn't regional; "We ship them in insulated boxes with gel packs to Arizona, Texas, Florida."