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M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille
M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille
Check out this gorgeous sunset view from the gazebo-style bar over the water at M.R. Ducks.
M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille
These pretty girls are having a fun-filled summer serving customers at the casual, laidback M.R. Ducks.
M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille
Order a specialty cocktail from one of these bartenders at M.R. Ducks. Try the “Chug a Duck” at least once.
    As you approach downtown Ocean City over the Route 50 bridge, you’ll notice a crowd of patrons enjoying fun times at M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille. Live bands keep the happy hour crowds entertained at the gazebo style bar over the bay, while local fishermen come and go on the docks of the Talbot Street Pier. Boaters are welcome to enjoy free parking. Bicyclists will find plenty of bike racks. Plus, M.R. Ducks offers free valet parking for customers. Simply tell the parking lot attendant that you’re there to enjoy a good meal at M.R. Ducks, and he’ll take good care of your vehicle.
    Located at 311 Talbot Street on the bay, the kitchen at M.R. Ducks serves up fresh fish directly from boats in West Ocean City’s commercial fishing harbor. The restaurant’s manager, Shawn, is available to tell you all about the fresh catches of the day. My fiancé and I experienced a fun, tasty dinner at M.R. Ducks last weekend, when country rock band Eastern Electric performed outdoor sets. We had our choice of tall tabletops with direct bay views on the patio at M.R. Ducks, where customers are welcome to seat themselves. A pleasant server, Meredith, greeted us immediately and helped us settle into our comfortable bar stools.
    Shawn came by and told us that the fresh catches of the day were Tuna and Mahi Mahi. The fresh catch of the day is consistently served as a sandwich with fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Kaiser Roll. It can be prepared grilled, blackened, or fried. A staple on the menu is the Cobbler’s Island Fish Sandwich, which is grilled or fried with American cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato on a Telera Roll.
    Shawn also recommends the Veggie Wrap, a local favorite with tomatillos, asparagus, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and roasted red pepper hummus in an Old Bay wrap. Local butcher shop, Minute Market, supplies certified Angus beef for M.R. Ducks’ Bufflehead Burger, which is hand pattied and grilled on a Kaiser roll. Half-pound burgers can be served as “O-Burgers” topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and pub house onion rings.
    M.R. Ducks is famous for its “C.M. Wangs.” One pound of large chicken wings are tossed with your choice of many sauces, including BBQ, Old Bay, Asian Chili, Garlic Herb, Mango Habanera, Sesame Teriyaki, or Sriracha Hot. Another renowned sandwich at M.R. Ducks Bar & Grille is the Teriyaki Tuna Sandwich, which is listed on the specials menu. Served on a Kaiser roll, the fresh tuna steak is marinated in island teriyaki sauce and grilled.
    From the specials menu, we tried the Jalapeño Poppers, which are beer battered and stuffed with blue crab and cheese. Shawn also recommended the Mahi Island Salad—fresh mahi mahi grilled or blackened on a pile of fresh local vegetables and mango salsa. Also from the specials menu, the Black & Blue Tuna Steak Salad is a lip-smacking combination of fresh yellow fin tuna lightly blackened on a bed of fresh local vegetables with blue cheese and bacon.
    If that sounds tasty to you, try the Black & Blue Burger, which is a half-pound of fresh ground beef, blackened and topped with blue cheese and bacon. Also on the specials menu at M.R. Ducks are Tuna Bites, which are broiled and served with spicy mayo, and Char-Grilled Oysters—a half dozen Chesapeake Bay Oysters char-grilled and topped with herbs, garlic, and Romano cheese.
    The M.R. Ducks house specialty sandwich is the Crabby Chicken Sandwich with grilled marinated chicken breast, crab dip, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese on a Telera roll. The Island Chicken is blackened and topped with provolone cheese and honey mustard. The Surf & Turf Burger is a half pound of fresh ground certified Angus beef topped with crab dip, applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese on a Kaiser roll.
    I’m a big fan of Shrimp Salad sandwiches, and M.R. Ducks serves a secret family recipe in an Old Bay tortilla wrap or Telera roll with lettuce and tomatoes. The Rockfish Taco is another favorite of mine. Two soft flour tortillas are filled with fried Rockfish, red cabbage, cheddar jack cheese, diced tomatoes, cilantro lime sauce, and mango salsa. Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos are also delicious. Fish & Chips and Crab Cake Sandwich round off the sandwiches menu at M.R. Ducks. Crab Cakes are handmade daily from a three-generation family recipe with jumbo lump Maryland blue crab and special spices.
    On the Appetizers menu, the house special is the Bayside Crab Dip—the perfect blend of Maryland blue crab, cheeses, and spices, served in a bread bowl with crackers. Other tempting items on the appetizers menu are Mako Bites, which are fresh and golden fried with a sesame seafood breading, and served with Asian slaw; fresh Tuna Nachos, which are encrusted with sesame seeds on won-ton chips and seaweed salad with cucumber wasabi and island teriyaki; and Crab Balls, which are handmade every day with Maryland backfin lump blue crab. Try the Coastal Calamari for golden fried rings and tentacles served with spicy seafood aioli. Or, try the Lucky Ducky Spring Rolls, filled with cabbage, ginger, duck confit, water chestnuts, spring onions, and sesame seeds.
    From the steamer, you can order one dozen of Chincoteague’s Steamed Clams, or a half pound of large Shrimp steamed with Old Bay and sweet onions. Chicken Tenders are served regular or buffalo style with a pile of fries. Bar favorites include Stuffed Pretzel, Pub House Onion Rings, and Captain’s Cheese Fries topped with bacon and jalapeños.
    M.R. Ducks also serves salads, a kid’s menu, and happy hour specials. Kids and adults of all ages have a blast at M.R. Ducks, which features a large apparel and merchandise shop too. The bar and grille is gearing up for the Big Fish Classic tournament in Ocean City, July 25-27. The fishing event will be headquartered at the Talbot Street Pier. For more information about the tournament, or M.R. Ducks, visit www.mrducksbar.com, find them on Facebook, or dial 410-289-9125.

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