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  • TC Jul 5, 2004 10:44 AM

I have a hankerin for some crabs but want to eat on my porch. Where in B-more are your favorite take out crab shacks or side of the road guys.

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  1. We always go to Hales on Taylor at Perring Pkwy north of the city cuz it's close to my parents place. In fact we just got a 1/2 bushel of large jimmies there on Saturday; $70. Nice, meaty crabs and definitely the best price around for a holiday weekend. They offer them year round so may be Gulf crabs; dunno if they supplement with Bay crabs in season.

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    1. re: tbear

      Hales is actually at Taylor Ave. and Oakleigh Ave., a block or so west of Perring Pkwy.

      Hales' crabs were pretty good back in the 1970s when I lived around there. I haven't had them recently.

      Nowadays, I live in the city near Fells Point and Canton, and I get crabs at Chris's Seafood at S. Montford Ave. and Fait Ave.

      I personally don't have a problem with Gulf crabs...they just don't cook them properly where they come from.

    2. Someone recently raved about LP Steamers. Here's the link, but I have never been.

      Link: http://www.lpsteamers.com/

      1. Chris Seafood in Fells Point has a reliable source of really good crabs. They are out-of-town crabs however (in order to have them year round).

        1. Definately Chris's in Canton and Hales in Parkville - also Ollie Becks on Belair Road near Moravia. LP Steamers I have never been impressed with.

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          1. re: Hon

            Hon- Can you preorder bushels of crabs from either Hales or Ollie Becks? I am moving to the area (this week in fact) and need to find a good take out place that allows you to pre-order crabs. I stopped by Crabby Cousins on Harford and they told me that they took preorders but "couldn't guarantee" that I would get them. A bit inconvenient when you are planning a gathering around crabs! I used to get crabs from Sea King and could always trust that I was getting them... i am seeking the same in my new "hood"!! Thanks!

            1. re: tapas gal

              I have never gotten bushels from them but I would call and ask, I am pretty sure Hales does!
              There is a new place on Joppa Road near Loch Raven that I am impressed with, Conrads:
              http://www.conradscrabs.com/

              1. re: tapas gal

                Ollie Beck's has been closed for a while now.

            2. The Sea Hut on Frederick Rd in Catonsville, they steam to order. Always have gotten great crabs here.

              1. There is a "guy on the side of the road" in Reisterstown....about 100 yds. past Full Moon Pub on 140......they set up every Fri, Sat, Sun around 4.
                LIve crabs...caught that morning !

                1. Crabby Cousins ain't so great. Hale's is okay. Blake's on Erdman right before Pulaki Highway is excellent and you can reserve in advance.

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                  1. re: ko1

                    Yeah, Crabby Cousins didn't look so great... Thanks for the rec on Blake's... I am going to try them!

                    1. re: tapas gal

                      My family used to go to Hale's on Oakleigh but since Conrads has opened we have been frequenting there more often.

                    2. re: ko1

                      I like Crabby Cousins... but I like crabs with lots of salt in the seasoning mix... reminds me of a place in Rock Hall we got crabs when I was a kid. I'll try Blakes next time though just for a change. Usually I wait till I'm down on the slower lower to get crabs where they are muddy and cheap (or at least cheaper).

                      1. re: ko1

                        Just called Blake's... I asked if I could pre-order and they told me I had to call "day of" to see if they had them. Maybe you cannot reserve bushels?

                        1. re: tapas gal

                          Sorry. I usuually call the day of and reserve and have no problems.

                      2. Prices on Route 2 in Brooklyn.

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                        1. re: bpjacks

                          I've driven by Price's tons of times on the way home to Baltimore from Glen Burnie, but I've never stopped there (mostly 'cause I've got Chris's Seafood right near my home). What are their crabs like?

                          For interested bystanders, Price's is on Potee St. just a bit south of Patapsco Ave.

                          1. re: Hal Laurent

                            ha! ha! Whenever I"m in that area--which is rarely--I'm fascinated by that place! I'd love hearing a report, too!

                            1. re: Hal Laurent

                              Usually quite good - though I have had the occasional mushy/disappointing experience - and average price. They always seem to have a variety of sizes (we tend to go for the larger sizes). You can call ahead and reserve. The place looks shady so I'd never have gone in on my own but my neighbor turned me onto it. I live in Severna Park so it's one of the closer places to me.

                              1. re: bpjacks

                                Have you tried Crab Depot in Brooklyn Park? I've gotten good crabs from them, although I can't comment on how well they cook them as I buy live crabs and cook them at home. The guy who runs the counter moves at glacial speeds, though.

                                1. re: Hal Laurent

                                  I haven't, but we;re due for a neighborhood crab feast soon - I'll suggest them next time - thanks!

                          2. Bird River Inn on Bird River Road in the White Marsh/Chase area. You can get take-out or eat in their separate crab house. Their crabs are excellent! Prices are among the best I've found. Phone 410-344-9220. It's worth the money to spring for the big ones!

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                            1. re: Vespa1

                              There is a place called Bluepoint on Reisterstown Road about a quarter mile south of Captain Harvey's that has been good for me. (About a half dozen times over the past year.) I think supplies can be very unpredictable and would love to hear a crab house owner talk about how they maintain the quality of their supplies.