Ocean City visitors could eat out every day of their vacation, and the best meal they’ll have would be at Coins Pub & Restaurant on 28th Street. The reason? All entrées on the lunch and dinner menu are cooked to order and made from scratch using fresh ingredients and in-house recipes. Fried Shrimp, Mozzarella Logs, and Veal and Chicken Parmigiana are hand breaded. The sauce on the Fettuccini and Seafood Alfredo is homemade. Filet Mignon and New York Strip are hand cut. And, all soups, including Cream of Crab, French Onion, and Chili Con Carne, are homemade.
In addition to fresh seafood and steak recipes, Coins features attractive daily and weekly discounts. The large dining room is packed every day for Early Bird specials from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, year round. Happy Hour is every day from 3:00 to 6:00 PM with great food specials. Coins offers half-priced entrées from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Wednesday, stop into Coins from 5:00 to 9:00 for Prime Rib night.
A final ingredient that makes Coins Pub & Restaurant a trifecta of perfection is its local flair. From long-time staffers like manager Charlotte, in her 25th year at the restaurant, to year-round residents who cruise into Coins every single day, the pub is a local staple. We know that it’s the spot for awesome discounts on homemade comfort food. Even the live entertainment at Coins is comprised of local faces, such as classic rock band Tranzfusion, who will rock out at Coins on Friday and Saturday night for Cruisin’ Ocean City.
I was delighted to have dinner at Coins last week with my adorable stepdaughter, Nevaeh, and her handsome father, Joey. Our server, Sarah, recognized us and welcomed us back to the restaurant, where we made ourselves comfortable in a spacious booth by the window. I never wait to be seated at Coins, mostly because the restaurant is never short staffed, and the dining room is enormous.
Sarah is full of helpful advice. She recommends the “no mumbo, just jumbo” Crab Cakes, the many Italian dishes on the menu, and the 12-ounce or 18-ounce New York Strip steak charbroiled to your taste. “One customer tells me that our meatballs are our hidden treasure,” said Sarah.
She also pointed out that the menu’s newest feature is Steamed Mussels. We were so glad that we opted to try this new dish. One full pound of fresh, meaty mussels are soaked in a buttery, garlic broth with fresh basil. These mussels are tender, not at all chewy, which is so important for clams and mussels. Sarah also presented us with a basket of warm, oven fresh bread, which we soaked in the savory broth.
Seafood is certainly the specialty at Coins. The Stuffed Filet of Flounder is full of all jumbo lump crab imperial in a delicate cream sauce. Broiled Seafood Platter is a menagerie of exquisite cuisine, including flounder, scallops, shrimp, and jumbo lump crab cake. Seafood Imperial is a delectable blend of jumbo lump crab, sea scallops, and shrimp broiled in scrumptious sauce. Twin cold water Lobster Tails are prepared broiled, and can be prepared stuffed. Stuffed Shrimp, Catch of the Day, and Chicken Imperial top off the Seafood selections.
From the land, you can order Tournedos du Jour, sautéed twin filets served with homemade sauce of the day. Chicken and Veal Marsala are served in a homemade Marsala wine sauce with mushrooms. Chopped Sirloin is topped with onions and gravy. Veal Cutlet, Chopped Sirloin, and Fried Chicken are other irresistible entrée options at Coins. Each entrée is served with your choice of two homemade side dishes and oven-baked bread.
Coins opens every day at 11 AM for lunch and light fare, which are available any time. I ordered the Shrimp Salad, which is comprised of large whole shrimp and made fresh daily. It is very delicious. Nevaeh ordered the appetizer Sampler for Two—Crab Balls, Stuffed Mushrooms, Clams Casino, and BBQ Shrimp wrapped in bacon. Joey was planning to order the Crab Cake Sandwich, but changed his mind at the last minute and opted for the entrée portion—a pair of Coins’ “world famous” Crab Cakes. Another popular light fare sandwich is the French Dip—prime rib served on a French roll with Provolone cheese. Rueben, Chicken Salad, Grilled Chicken, Coins Club, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Club, and Sesame Teriyaki Tuna top off the Sandwich menu.
Gourmet Burgers are fresh and hand pattied at Coins. Several varieties of salads and a Kids Menu are also available. And have you checked out the scrumptious desserts? My favorites are the Carrob Cake and the delectable Chocolate Cake.
Coins is conveniently located at the 28th Street Plaza on Coastal Highway, with entrances and plenty of free parking in the front and the back of the building. Carry out is available. A bounty of large, flat screen televisions feature sports broadcasting in the pub. Keno and fun, oversized arcade games add to the entertaining ambiance at Coins. Call 410-289-3100 or visit www.coinspuboc.com/
for more information.