To Market: A Guide to Local Seafood Markets 

Whether you’re a visitor or local resident, there are occasions when you’d prefer to stay at home to cook or entertain guests. Out coastal communities give you plenty of choices. Here’s what our survey of friends and neighbors recommend. 

Lewes Fishhouse 

Conveniently located near Five Points, the Fishhouse is a cornucopia of seafood, particularly from local waters. Not only do they service walk-in customers, but they also supply more than 200 local restaurants with their seafood. You’re getting restaurant quality fish and crabs.  

Take-outs and catering are also available, complete with sides and appetizers, a godsend when you want the convenience of an expertly prepared meal for you and your company. The Fishhouse is open year-round. 

Big Fish Market  

Just shy of the canal bridge on the way into Rehoboth Beach, Big Fish Seafood Market offers a plethora of choices for fresh and local seafood. Big Fish doubles as a popular casual restaurant. 

Consistently voted Best Seaford Market Downstate by Delaware Today readers, you can expect a big choice of fresh fish daily. Their takeout menu is awesome! 

Try their Wednesday special, year round: $9 boxed lunch, and be sure to sign up for their loyalty program. 

South Bethany Seafood Market 

Take a ride to South Bethany for fresh seafood specialties. Taking pride in their careful selection of locally sourced seafood, you can expect that there is expertise behind what goes to its customers, including several local restaurants. 

The market also offers rotisserie chicken, steak filets, homemade crab cakes and plenty of desserts such as locally baked pies.  

Copp’s Seafood 

Copp’s is a favorite of the Long Neck and the southern bay area customers. It’s under new ownership, but because of its loyal customers over the 30 years, the new owners are retaining the iconic name. 

They only purchase crabs from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, and only serve wild-caught seafood from the US. 

Don’t be fooled by its somewhat shabby appearance: big plans to renovate are underway. 

Crazee Crab 

Owner Jen gets lots of “five stars” from customers who take the time to post a review online. Expect personalized customer service and plenty of crabs and other seafood from local docks.  

“The crabs Jen sells are absolutely amazing! They are huge, fat and full of the sweetest crab meat!,” gushes one customer, and others agree. Crazee Crabis is truck-style service so keep your eyes open for it in its Dagsboro location instead of a store front. 

The Crab Connect 

The Crab Connect Family

Last in this list recommendations certainly isn’t the least. Get ready for the freshest, hand selected crabs around in an unusual location: next to the BP gas station on the northbound side at just before Five Points. 

Entrepreneur and Lewes native Brian Stewart is no stranger to life on the water. He’s been a commercial fishing aficionado for years, and dreams to eventually open his own crab shack. 

Call ahead, and you can either get the fresh crabs already steamed, or have fun with your DIY feast. 

Pay attention to the markets that offer an abundance of choices. Support the local markets while you plan your next culinary celebration. 

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