Walking into Peacemaker Lobster and Crab sent my mind whirling back to those summers that I spent at the beach when I was a youngster. Toss a little sand on the floor and blow in a salty, sea breeze and you’d swear you were in a crab shack on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, except none of the diners were in beachwear or barefooted.
The blue-checkered tablecloths, Mason jar tumblers, and overhead lighting fashioned from galvanized tubs and funnels further added to the “shack-y” atmosphere Kevin wants to convey.
Even so, amiable servers paused to explain the menu. Diners gave advice to each other on how to wield the wooden mallet to crack the shell of a steamed crab. (You do it with gusto!) I went with the Peel & Eat Shrimp ($14), which didn’t disappoint, though a bite of my grandson’s Crab Roll (market price) with Aioli wreaked with flavor, as did my son-in-law’s Pork Link with mustard aioli, sautéed with peppers and onions ($9), and my son’s Oyster Poorboy ($12). My daughter had the luscious Lobster Roll, that was offered Connecticut style: warm with butter; or Maine style: cold with mayo.
The sides of Collard Greens ($5); Fried Green Tomatoes, ($3); house-made, French Fries ($4), and Hush Puppies, ($5) showed a familiarity with southern fare that Kevin, no doubt, acquired during his sojourn in New Orleans.
The friendly and efficient staff works like a well-choreographed dance troupe, moving smoothly about the floor despite the hubbub that comes with a new restaurant opening. Kevin’s attention to detail pays off whether it’s greeting customers, food prep, service or décor. I smiled and gave him a thumbs up, which I suspect most of his customer will be doing in weeks to come.
Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Company, 1831 Sidney St. Open: Mon.-Thur. 4:30p.- 10p. Fri.-Sat. 4:30p – 11p., and Sun. 1 p. to 9p.