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Steamed Crabs (by the bushel) - Baltimore Area

cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 03:33 PM

I have family coming into town and was planning to get a bushel of crabs to eat at home. I have received recommendation for Waverly Crabs, Chris' Seafood (Canton) and Gibby's Seafood Market (Timonium). Does anyone have experience with these places? Any recommendation for other places? Thanks.

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    jfish RE: cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 03:47 PM

    Blue Point Crab House in Owings Mills is very reliable. 11412 Reisterstown Rd 410/363-8444

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      NativeCharlestonian RE: jfish Aug 16, 2008 04:25 PM

      agreed - Blue Point is awesome!

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      ko RE: cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 03:49 PM

      Chris's is very good. What area of town are you in/

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        cheryl004 RE: ko Aug 4, 2005 04:19 PM

        I am in Ellicott City, but we will be doing the touristy thing downtown and we're thinking of just picking them up on our way out of the city (before heading home).

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          Hon RE: cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 04:51 PM

          The Crab Shanty

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            igrowveggies RE: Hon Aug 21, 2008 01:54 PM

            Ditto...but the carryout is called SeaKing. I have ordered them from there 3x this summer and not been at all disappointed!

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            ken RE: cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 04:51 PM

            If you are in Ellicott City have you considered getting your bushel from Frank's inn Jessup? Any 'hounds ever get crabs from Frank's and if so how were they?

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              atls14620 RE: ken Aug 4, 2005 09:13 PM

              i've gotten crabs there; while i liked frank's, i think chris's is better; the timing is kind of hard at frank's and i think the crabs were steamed well before i got there.

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          Hon RE: cheryl004 Aug 4, 2005 04:19 PM

          Chris' is great but if you aren't a regular they are a little weird about getting whole bushels for you, call 'em anyway.
          Gaffneys in Highlandtown is very good as is Hales on Taylor Avenue near Hillendale.

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            ko RE: Hon Aug 4, 2005 04:29 PM

            My recent experiences at Hale's have not been great.

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              tbear RE: ko Aug 4, 2005 05:03 PM

              Details please? Problems with price/quality? We've used Hales for years with great success whenever I'm back home. Due to prices and scheduling I haven't been up to put together a feast yet this year, but Hales would be where I'd get them. If there's beena serious decline, however, I'd have to consider going elsewhere. Thanks.

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                ko RE: tbear Aug 5, 2005 08:29 AM

                I've been once this year. The crabs were light and not particularly tasty.

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            tapas gal RE: cheryl004 Aug 16, 2008 11:15 PM

            not sure if this it is too late but my years in Catonsville, I always ordered my crabs from Sea King (mostly the Catonsville Branch but once or twice the EC branch

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