Right down the street from Smitty’s is The Crab Trap, a large, diner-looking place with an even longer wait than Smitty’s. And while you probably shouldn’t give up too many beach days to wait in line for a bucket of crabs, you should sacrifice a particularly gray one to leave the Shore early and get in line before the dinner crew shows up. Their seafood is all delicious and turned into things like deviled clams and honey-glazed salmon. If you can, try to get a table at the outdoor bar overlooking the bay so that you can eat your fish while you stare at its former home.
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