Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Catch a meal-mate the easy way with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood at Snockey's Oyster and Crab House.
Though the original location has moved since its inception in 1912, the kitchen at Snockey's Oyster and Crab House continues to quell sea-sourced cravings with a variety of fresh underwater specialties. Raw-bar devotees can slurp a sampler of seasonal oysters stacked with three to four varieties of the plumpest and freshest bivalves culled from the waters of Long Island, Chesapeake Bay, and New Brunswick ($22.50/dozen). Troll the dinner menu for broiled Atlantic salmon ($18.50) and fried scallops ($18.50), or feast on the fried combination platter brimming with a crispy medley of oysters, sweet shrimp, scallops, deviled crab, and flounder ($19.95). For lighter fare, nibble on a shrimp-and-crabmeat-festooned ocean salad ($6.50–$10.50) accompanied by a cocktail-sauce-filled helium balloon.
Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House
Many things have changed since Snockey’s Oyster and Crab House first opened in 1912—the menu now serves scallops, mussels, and Maine lobster thanks to third-generation owners Ken and Skip Snock. However, the restaurant’s insistence on using fresh, local seafood and some of its original recipes, including Mrs. Snockey’s original oyster stew, have remained unchanged, like a stubborn Precambrian fossil.
In the wake of Snockey’s 100th anniversary, Phillyburbs.com called the restaurant a “seafood staple for locals and visitors alike,” lavishing particular praise on the variety of oysters available at the raw bar. Oysters come from as far away as the west coast, but most originate in nearby waterways such as Delaware Bay and Cape Cod. There’s also a large selection of cooked seafood including fried shrimp, broiled Atlantic flounder, and steamed littleneck clams.