We picked the perfect day to take the one-hour ride over to tiny Tangier Island from Onancock, Va. Captain Mark's boat skimmed over a calm Chesapeake Bay with about 20 of us on board. He told us that any of the 4 restaurants on the island would be good for lunch and we'll just have to make 3 more trips to see if he's right!
We chose Lorraine's because the description of the sweet potato french fries with cinnamon and sugar just sounded too good to miss! They didn't disappoint us -- the perfect combination of sweet and salty! The crab cake platter was pricey but the two crab cakes were huge! Easily twice if not three times larger than the usual size and nicely flavored -- crispy brown on the outside and moist inside. The waitress was friendly and helpful and we loved the island atmosphere.
We had walked to the beach (we had it to ourselves) and around the island before lunch. Afterwards we rented a golf cart and toured the remaining couple of areas we hadn't walked. With only 400+ islanders full-time on Tangier, it is an easy place to see in 4 hours before the return ferry ride home. The crab shanties in the harbor are picturesque and I am sure the subject of many photographs and paintings from intrigued visitors.