Went to Smith Island for the day (Saturday) with family and wasn't expecting much. We left from Crisfield and got dropped off at Ewell (people staying over night got off at the other town). We started walking down the road, not really sure where to go, and somehow stumbled upon Ruke's and I'm so glad we did! It was like a trip back in time to enter this building (which we found out has been there for 100+ years). 2 ladies in their 70s manned the kitchen and all the food was cooked as you order. We had crabcakes and softshell crab sandwiches that were delicious and fresh - from crabs caught the day before! And of course we had Smith Island cake and it was a perfect ending to our already great meal. While we were waiting on our food, a guy in a Navy baseball hat asked us if we wanted a tour of the island. We had not rented a golf cart yet, as many people on here had suggested, so we decided to take this guy up on his offer - $20 for our entire family and he would give us a full tour of the island/town in a vehicle (AC and no bugs!), it sounded like a deal.... And it was! He gave a great tour and history lesson of the entire town and we met several locals on the drive that he knew personally and would stop and talk to. It was better than anything we could have done on our own and with limited time on the island until we had to catch our ferry, it was just perfect. If you're from the Delmarva area and are looking for something different to do on a Saturday, I highly suggest experiencing the life and culture of this island only miles from our crazy, busy, commercialized lives. And definitely stop at Ruke's and look for the guy in the Navy baseball cap!
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