Capt. Chuck-A-Muck’s bills itself as a grill and a secret hideaway. Perhaps because it’s in Rescue, Virginia, it was destined to be my hideaway during the Noreaster. This is a restaurant open during all weather, so it doesn’t disappoint sailors who may have made a long trip especially for it. Customers are welcome to dock right there. Instead of shoveling snow, you could have been luxuriating in Captain Chuck A Muck’s smooth “unisex” cream of crab soup. They call it “unisex” because they don’t check every crab to say it’s “she-crab” soup.
This is a come-as-you-are, Jimmy Buffett-type watermen’s restaurant, recently featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri”. However, don’t think for one second that’s some sort of shorthand for plain bar food. They pride themselves on gourmet fare that comes out on plastic plates. The lethal but tasty cocktails are generously served in Mason jars.
The owner spent 40 years in the boat biz and has the seafood connections to prove it. Everything is fresh and delectable — sometimes more than pricey joints in big cities. The rockfish was lightly grilled, firm, and simply presented.
Everything is also homemade: soup, cocktail mixes, greens with Smithfield ham, as well as the fresh fruit cobblers… and don’t even think about getting the super-secret recipes. Even Guy Fieri couldn’t pull that off and he was in there filming for 14 hours!