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Jerry’s Seafood

/ Updated on May 30, 2014

It all started in 1974 just outside of Washington, D.C., when the original Jerry (yes, there was an original Jerry) sold oysters out of the back of a '68 Chevy. The oyster shucker-turned entrepreneur-turned seafood maven ended up opening two popular Maryland restaurants, each enjoying a reputation for soups and expertly fried seafood. The Jerry's Seafood in Lewes is not directly associated with the Maryland installations, but shares the same name and a very similar menu. You just know there's a back-story there, but nobody's talking.

Enough chit-chat. The Lobster/Goat Cheese Quesadilla comes out of the kitchen hot and melty. A surprisingly generous portion of lobster (especially claw meat) strikes an interesting counterpoint to the tang of the goat cheese, especially when dipped into the tomatillo salsa and pico de gallo (they called it salsa fresca–cool and fresh). The Cream of Crab soup (of which they are quite proud) was brought to the table satisfyingly hot. It's creamy, loaded with crabmeat, and redolent of Old Bay and sherry. Though it is fairly thick, it's not at all floury.

Regulars here at RF know that I've criticized the bacon-wrapped scallops at a few other places, but the ones at Jerry's Seafood were great. The bacon wrapping was crispy and firm (anything less well-done is like eating an earlobe), and the three big scallops were cooked to the perfect consistency. They are accompanied by what appeared to be a chipotle mayo, but it was marred by being way too thick for dipping (it had just been removed from the refrigerator). We were on our own for a last-minute save, so we added some Tabasco, stirred it up, and enjoyed a more manageable dip, complete with that Avery Island kick. One of my “go-to” Foodettes ordered the Crab Stack. It is served timbale-style (formed vertically in a cylindrical shape), with layers of avocado, mango, cucumber, tomato and bean sprouts crowned by a generous portion of cool white crabmeat. It doesn't look like a big portion when it's in stack mode, but when you deconstruct it, it could actually serve as a main course.

On my first visit I ordered their signature dish, the Crab Bomb [pictured right]. As promised, it was a little bigger than a baseball, loaded with crabmeat, lightly seasoned with Old Bay, and had a minimum of filler. I know they are quite proud of this dish — even trademarking the name — but I do have one gripe: It had waayy too much butter. (Never typed those words in that order before….) The mashed potato and veggie sides were swimming in it. On another visit I gave it another chance and tried the Firecracker Bomb (the same dish, but more aggressively spiced with dry mustard and black pepper). It had just the right amount of butter. Go figure. You can also order the smaller Baby Bomb and the Baby Firecracker. We'll chalk that up to a one-time deal, but taking the price into consideration, each one should be perfect.

In true Jerry's tradition, the fried oysters were, in a word (or two), absolutely perfect. Properly fried food is NOT greasy or oily! Frying is an art, and not everybody around here has mastered it. The breading was puffy and crackly, and the plump fresh oysters were hot and tasted of…well, oyster, not oil. I'm here to tell you that these are some of the best fried oysters I've had here at the beach. The Fish & Chips received the same response (on all three visits). The snow-white Haddock was flaky and moist, while the coating was darkly crunchy, tasting ever-so-slightly of beer, salt and pepper. Because the coating is not oily, the fish maintained its crunch until the very last bite. Many of the dishes come with seasoned fries and an interesting home-made slaw consisting of a julienne of zucchini and carrots with red cabbage and roughly chopped greens in a very mild dressing. It has a satisfying mouth-feel, though I wish they'd give it more of a personality spice-wise–a dash of celery salt or seasoned pepper, perhaps. On earlier visits, accompanying diners had a couple of pasta dishes, but they were obviously specials and appear nowhere on the present menu, so I'll refrain from going on about them.

The Macadamia Encrusted Mahi-Mahi is baked and served with vanilla rum sauce, rice and a veggie. The generous portion of fish is tender and moist, and the nutty coating plays well with the rice. The same can be said for the Salmon, where fennel and a smoky sauce enhance both the rice and the fish with a slightly sweet licorice edge.

Jerry's has an interesting lunch menu. Like many local eateries, the menu changes somewhat, so call if you're a'hankerin' for a particular dish. Jerry's is located right next door to The Buttery at 108 Second Street, on the left as you turn onto Second from Savannah. There is live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.

Hours will vary in the off-season, so double check (302) 645-6611. Click here for a selection of Jerry's menus. (L., D., Bar) Price range (dinner): Expensive-. Follow Jerry's on Facebook.

By the way, the Blue Sea Cafe (part of Jerry's and right next door) is open for breakfast and lunch. Check out Blue Sea menu here.

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

108 Second St.
(302) 645-6611

Open 11:30 - 8
Open 11:30 - 8
Open 11:30 - 8
Open 11:30 - 8
Open 11:30 - 9
Open 11:30 - 9
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  1. Avatar G bracale says:

    Went to jerry’s on Saturday, I will say the food was very good, but getting it to the table was a nightmare. Drinks took forever, no silverware on the table, when we did get the silverware it was old and out dated, plastic handles and paper napkins, everyone else had linins. The wait staff was in a state of disarray. Our party of 4 had 8 glasses of water. We never did get our rolls! Food was very slow out of the kitchen. We will not go back!

  2. Avatar S. Curson says:

    We have the Cape Gazette dining card and it enabled us to try many restaurants that we would not normally go to. WE were very excited to try Jerry’s. The half price Martini’s were great. They would not let us use the card for the crab-cake sandwich. It was $16. they said it was a small plate so no go. The other entrees were very expensive. So we just had drinks and went to Striper bites for their fab Lobster rolls. They let us use the coupon for anything. So did most of the restaurants on the list. We won’t be back for food, just maybe the martinis.

  3. Avatar barbara says:

    $5.25 for a Miller light draft. Really? We only went because we wanted to hear a friends band play. Food was expensive and service not very friendly.

  4. Avatar Judith A. Celli says:

    Tried Jerry’s last night for dinner.(11/14/2012) We were not at all impressed. One other couple were only patrons there eating. There is no atmosphere other than loud abrasive voices from the bar that was noisy and obtrusive. We ordered the Baby Crab Bombs only because of the exuberant price of the original size. We waited a very long time for our food to arrive and while waiting, we finally received two rolls for the two of us. When the food did arrive, it was hot and prepared very well. We did enjoy the Crab Bomb although I had four shells in mine. Portions were of average size. Don’t go there hungry unless you order appetizers. We will not be going back to Jerry’s anytime in the near future. We’re locals so we enjoy trying different establishments in the off-season. There are several fine restaurants in Lewes and we probably would have enjoyed one of them much more.

  5. Avatar Debbie says:

    Had a very disappointing experience at Jerry’s. The service was horrible. People who came in after us left before we even had our food. They did try to fix the issue by taking $$ off the tab and offering dessert but by then the damage was already done. Waiting over an hour for food with no explanation until we had to get upset and ask is not acceptable in my opinion. I had not heard great things about this resturant but thought we would give them a chance to prove otherwise. Wrong move on our part..will never go there again!

  6. Avatar Pat says:

    My daughter & I went to Jerry’s today for lunch and decided to try the Cream of Crab soup and it was full of big chunks of crab meat and absolutely delicious. Unfortunately we also ordered the Quesadilla w/lobster & goat cheese and it was not good at all. The lobster was almost rubbery. I would not order that again, but, we did enjoy the soup and looking forward to the soup again and some other type of sandwich.

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