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    I've been coming to OC since 1978. We usually stick to the same routine while there as far as places to eat or have drinks and fun. Since the kids are grown and we don't putt-putt, ride go-carts, nature cruises or other kid-friendly things, we are trying some places that we have never tried. I would appreciate anyone's opinion on some places we are trying this year for the first time.

    Fager's Island
    Mackey's
    De Lazy Lizard
    Fish Tales

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    You should enjoy all the places on your list. I never cared much for the Lizard, but haven't been there for quite awhile, and from what I read it has improved greatly. Let us know what you think about these places......

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    • #3
      all the places on your list are nice.. but all different..Fagers. more upper class, mackey middle age, lizard.. a good mix..and fishtales. fisherman!!

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      • #4
        all GREAT choices!

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        • #5
          Great choices - Another one to add to the list is The Hobbit. I like Fagers, but enjoy The Hobbit more for a really nice meal. If you want to try something different, consider a Kayak Tour - I've been out with SuperFun EcoTours (http://superfunecotours.com/)three times this year and enjoyed every trip. They have a great sunset tour, and I suspect the tours they do with Burley Oak Brewery are a lot of fun too - no prior expernce or real physical ability is required to do these tours in the bay behind Assateague.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the opinions! I'm hoping the weather holds up for a nice week with lower crowds.

            OCGuy--thanks for the suggestion on the kayak tours...low physical ability required...that's me!! haha Have you ever tried the paddle boarding? I was thinking that might be fun, but am afraid I may look ridiculous!

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            • #7
              Another couple of options for kayaking are - http://www.ayerscreekadventures.com/ They are a family run business, in Berlin (bout 5 miles from OC) very knowledgeable. Great for beginners, as the creek is very calm & shallow.

              Also http://coastalkayak.com/location/ is located about a mile north of the OC across from Fenwick State park. Very nice people here as well. We actually rented kayaks for the entire week of the 4th this year, they actually dropped them off and picked them up! They simply couldn't have made it any easier.

              As far as your list of restaurants I'll give you my quick opinion on them as I've been to each of them...

              Fagers = probably the best food on your list, and killer view. Also priciest.
              Mackeys = Total tourist trap....
              De Lazy Lizard = Rude service. decent bar food, if you're going for a bar night it's cool, but anything outside of that good luck.
              Fishtales = nice fun atmosphere, food is average HUGE wait on the weekend.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeanM View Post
                Another couple of options for kayaking are - http://www.ayerscreekadventures.com/ They are a family run business, in Berlin (bout 5 miles from OC) very knowledgeable. Great for beginners, as the creek is very calm & shallow.

                Also http://coastalkayak.com/location/ is located about a mile north of the OC across from Fenwick State park. Very nice people here as well. We actually rented kayaks for the entire week of the 4th this year, they actually dropped them off and picked them up! They simply couldn't have made it any easier.

                As far as your list of restaurants I'll give you my quick opinion on them as I've been to each of them...

                Fagers = probably the best food on your list, and killer view. Also priciest.
                Mackeys = Total tourist trap....
                De Lazy Lizard = Rude service. decent bar food, if you're going for a bar night it's cool, but anything outside of that good luck.
                Fishtales = nice fun atmosphere, food is average HUGE wait on the weekend.
                Thanks Dean--I don't plan on kayaking, but thanks for the info. As far as your restaurant review, I appreciate it, and will take all into consideration. Fager's Island--if it's worth the money, I don't mind paying for a good meal, especially if a great sunset goes along with it.
                Fish Tales--I wonder if the wait will be huge if we are going after Labor Day. It looks like a fun place.
                Mackey's--Tourist trap...I am a tourist. :-)
                De Lazy Lizard-we'll see, I don't care for rude service.

                I truly appreciate your input. Thank you.

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                • #9
                  We just visited Fagers for the first time last year. We go in September and went there for lunch. There was no wait and we got a great table outside. What an awesome veiw. It was all around very, very enjoyable.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Seashell!! We are trying our luck with September this year. We've been to Sunfest many, many years ago before we had children, but lately we would go in July or August only because school starts in late August, but now since the kids are out of school and we are lucky enough to be able to go in the "off season" when the weather should still be nice, we want to try some new places. Looking forward to Fager's!!

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                    • #11
                      Holly's Mom,I just noticed all of your places have an outdoor seating theme in common - is that by design or coincidence?

                      I think you'll be very satisfied with Fagers, and after Labor Day you should be able to get into Fishtales (and any where else) pretty easy. Sept. is a great time to be in OC!

                      I should clarify that the actual service at the Lizard wasn't the problem, it's the way in which they manage the front of the house, that's kept me from returning. + the food was just average at best. It's been a year since I was there, and others had the same complaints about it that I did, so maybe they've gotten their act together by now. In spite of my last experience I'm tempted to see how the new Micro brewery (that they put in where Melvin's Steak house was) is run. If you go I hope you not only have a positive experience, but please come back and let us know how YOUR experience was.

                      I stand by assessment of Mackeys though.... Prices were high, portions and quality were low. With so many other GOOD options for dining in OC this place quickly became a "one and done" for me.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Dean! No coincidence in the outdoor seating theme. All of the websites for these places makes it look very enticing with the pictures of the sunset over the bay, cute palm trees, fun atmosphere. I am going on vacation to relax. It all looks very relaxing to me. Nothing like a cold beverage, some good food, a table with a sunset view, etc....right?? :-)

                        I want to try Mackey's just because my husband watches that OC channel now and then when we are on vacation and he always says....Let's try Mackey's....and we never got the chance. Maybe this time, maybe not.

                        You can count on my opinion!

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                        • #13
                          We went to Fish Tales a few years ago in September. We didn't really have a wait for dinner. But you may have a wait on the weekend. As an FYI, I believe they sponsor Bike Week activities, so if you go that weekend it will definitely be crowded.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Holly'sMom View Post
                            Thanks Seashell!! We are trying our luck with September this year. We've been to Sunfest many, many years ago before we had children, but lately we would go in July or August only because school starts in late August, but now since the kids are out of school and we are lucky enough to be able to go in the "off season" when the weather should still be nice, we want to try some new places. Looking forward to Fager's!!
                            We will be there for Sunfest, too! In my opinion, you cannot beat going in September. Mostly everything is still open and there are not the huge crowds to contend with so you can try whatever you want without the wait. Plus the water is still warm…. I just love how laid back it is that time of year. We are leaving on September 18th.

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                            • #15
                              We love the drinks & atmosphere at Fish Tales, food not so much. Also really enjoy the sunset cruise on the Judith M that leave from the marina at Fish Tales, it's always fun.

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