If you make a detour off U.S. Route 50, and drive the scenic route through Dorchester County, you’ll find your way to Suicide Bridge Restaurant on Cabin Creek in Hurlock. The restaurant sits at the foot of the local, legendary “Suicide Bridge” — a bridge with a history that one only can assume.
Despite the haunting and looming name, Suicide Bridge Restaurant is vibrant and brimming with activity. With a seafood menu to satisfy anyone’s taste for local cuisine and stunning views, Suicide Bridge Restaurant is your place for a true Eastern Shore experience.
You can arrive by land or via Choptank River, and find yourself with a plethora of dining options. Inside, there are several dining areas with views of the river.
If you want to take your experience on the water, jump on one of the two historic riverboats — the Dorothy Megan or the Choptank River Queen. Accommodating 149 people each, the sternwheeler riverboats are the perfect setting to experience lunch, dinner, or crab feasts on the scenic Choptank River.
General Manager Craig Cooper is the nephew of Dave Nickerson, the original owner of the restaurant, who back in 1983 purchased it to feature local seafood from his company, Kool Ice and Seafood Company. Today, Cooper carries out the family tradition, featuring several local businesses — seasonal produce from Emily’s Produce in Cambridge and crab meat from Windmill Brand in Hoopers Island — and incorporates them into their stand-out dishes.
The menu at Suicide Bridge Restaurant takes the Eastern Shore fare and turns it up a notch. There always is a fresh catch of the day, which you can get cooked in your own preferred style.
You can get the ever-popular (and delicious) crab cake, but you’ll also want to order one of their dishes that incorporates the local seafood in a new and different way. Even if you aren’t a seafood-lover, there are many “land-lover” options on the menu, like the popular fried chicken and steak dishes.
The colorful options offered at Suicide Bridge Restaurant are something to celebrate this season. With weekly specials and impressive views, there is no reason not to make the drive over Suicide Bridge — you’ll be happy you did.
For more information about the restaurant and the riverboats, visit www.suicide-bridge-restaurant.com.
The perfect way to taste all of Suicide Bridge’s seafood offerings is with the seafood nachos appetizer. This Eastern Shore take on a classic favorite has a generous helping of shrimp, scallops, and jumbo lump crab in a creamy cheese sauce, all piled on top of crispy, fried tortilla chips. You’ll get a mouthful of all the great seafood Suicide Bridge has to offer and it’s a fun way to start your lunch or dinner.
PAN-SEARED SCALLOP SALAD
Want a taste of spring? Try the pan-seared scallop salad. The fresh day boat scallops from New Bedford, Mass., are pan seared and placed on a bed of spring greens with Emily’s Produce strawberries, sprinkled with feta cheese and walnuts, and tossed with balsamic and olive oil. The fresh, local strawberries add a burst of flavor as you bite into the perfectly-seared and well-seasoned scallops. It’s a robust, tasteful salad that would satisfy a seafood-lover’s palate.
If you’re looking for something classic, try the veal Oscar. Featuring Windmill brand jumbo lump crab meat, the veal Oscar is made with tender veal medallions sautéed in marsala pan sauce and paired with fresh asparagus (also from Emily’s Produce), and finished with a béarnaise sauce. It’s a sweet sauce matched with a savory portion of veal, and eye-catching lumps of crab meat.