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Coins Pub & Restaurant
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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Coins Pub & Restaurant
Coins Pub & Restaurant
Coins Pub & Restaurant, one of Ocean City's very best.
Coins Pub & Restaurant
Jenny and Kristi at Coins Pub & Restaurant for first Best Bites '09.
Coins Pub & Restaurant
Jose, Kasey, Katie, Charlotte, Denise, and Dennis invite you to enjoy Coins' homemade entrees.
    Summer is just around the corner, and I’m delighted to be back at Coconut Times for Best Bites 2009. The early bird gets the worm, which is particularly true at Coins Pub & Restaurant on 28th Street and Coastal Highway. World famous for their mammoth crab cakes, the restaurant serves discounted entrées daily from 4-6 p.m. What else do I love about Coins Pub? All food is cooked to order and homemade, using only fresh ingredients. The portions are huge, and the prices are some of the lowest in town.
    I had the pleasure of visiting Coins Pub on Monday evening with my favorite arm candy, Kristi Kruger, for our first Best Bites of the season. My friend and Coins server, Kasey, seated us at a large booth in the spacious dining room, and told us about today’s specials—Beef Vegetable for the soup of the day, and Broccoli Cauliflower for the vegetable of the day. We immediately reviewed the early bird menu, which includes delectable temptations like Crab Cake, Seafood Marinara, 8 oz. Prime Rib, Chicken Teriyaki, 8 oz. Sirloin Steak, and much more. All of the early bird specials are under $13, and many are less than $10.
    Through the month of May, Coins invites you to enjoy additional weekly specials. T-Bone Steak Monday is slated from 5-9 p.m. On Wednesdays, from 5-9 p.m., enjoy Prime Rib night. The slow-roasted Prime Rib is one of the best items on the entire menu, and is highly recommended.  Friday nights offer up half-priced Burgers.
    Keep checking Coconut Times throughout the summer for Coins’ live entertainment schedule. Fall specials, including 1/2-priced entrées, are another incentive for Coins’ regulars to keep returning year after year. The restaurant opened in the late 1980s. The food was good then, and it’s even better now.
    Our helpful server, Katie, suggested Crab Dip and Stuffed Mushroom Caps for our appetizers. Tempted by the Crab Balls and BBQ Shrimp, Kristi and I eventually agreed to try Coins’ Crab Dip and Clams Casino for starters. Other items on the Appetizers menu are Buffalo Wings, Steamed Shrimp, and Onion Rings.
    Katie almost immediately returned to our table with our drinks and a basket of warm, fresh bread.  While we waited for our appetizers, we looked around Coins and admired the many flat-screen televisions, arcade games, and Keno. Coins’ large, circular bar was jam-packed with happy locals, taking advantage of happy hour prices from 3-6 p.m. The bar area at Coins bursts with fun, but the establishment is large enough to accommodate a separate, quiet dining section. Coins’ manager, Charlotte, who started working here as a server nearly 20 years ago, sat down at our booth and chatted with us. Indeed, the friendly staff, satisfied regular customers, and homemade meals combine to make Coins a wholesome dining experience.
    Served steaming hot, the Clams Casino is juicy and melts in your mouth. I ate every last one. The Crab Dip, which is served with crispy bread wedges, was cheesy, creamy and hearty. Plus, both items cost less than $9. A lunch and lite fare menu is served anytime and offers Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad, Club sandwich, and fresh, hand-pattied 1/2-pound Gourmet Burgers. Homemade Soups are a must-try, like the Cream of Crab and French Onion recipes.
    Kristi and I both know that Coins is world famous for its Crab Cakes, so we both wanted to order the delicacy for our entrée. But, we also wanted to sample at least one of the steak options on the menu, which is comprised of New York Strip, Filet Mignon, Tournedos du Jour, and Prime Rib.  Best friends think alike, so we ordered the exact same entrée: Steak and Cake! An irresistible Filet and Single Crab Cake, the entrée is served with a choice of two sides. We each chose the Field of Greens and Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes. Katie first presented us with our salads, which are available on the Soups and Salads menu, in addition to Chef, Greek, and Caesar Salad. Our house salads were so tasty—fresh lettuce, shredded cheese, walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette.
    The portions of the entrées at Coins are gigantic, especially for the low cost. Both of our plates included a heaping scoop of creamy garlic mashed potatoes. Fresh ingredients make such a difference! You’ll be hard-pressed to find such flavor and consistency out of a box. Our steaks were tender, cooked to perfection, and seasoned with zesty spices. No steak sauce required. Kristi cleaned her plate and smiled. I confess, I needed a take-home box, but it was just as good when I reheated it for dinner the next night.
    Other delicious entrées worthy of mention are Stuffed Filet of Flounder, Stuffed Shrimp, Seafood Imperial, and Lobster Tails. Seafood is a specialty at Coins. Chicken and Veal are available Marsala- or Parmigiana-style, too. Of course the world-famous jumbo Crab Cakes are my favorite dish. Live out of town? You can have Coins’ Crab Cakes shipped directly to your town on www.coinspub.com or www.thebestcrabcake.com. Coins is open every day at 11 a.m., and also offers a kids menu.
    Visit Coins at the 28th Street Plaza on Coastal Highway, and find out for yourself why regular customers return year after year. Call (410) 289-3100 or check Coins’ advertisement in the Coconut Times for more information. And as another season of Best Bites unfolds, I hope to see you enjoying homemade food for an affordable price at Coins.
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