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kaydeetoo Jun 25, 2006 02:04 AM

We'll be visiting DC in July, staying in Crystal City, and are seeking boiled crab, casual atmosphere. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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    Steve Jun 25, 2006 02:17 AM

    I hope nobody is boiling crabs! They are steamed. There is on ongoing (and complimentary) discussion of the Quarterdeck. Just do a search or scroll down on the previous topics page.

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      kaydeetoo Jun 25, 2006 12:42 PM

      Steve, thanks for the redirect. Down on the gulf coast, we often boil 'em, but steamed was what I was seeking. I sure do appreciate you taking the time to respond, and found the discussion extremely helpful!

      1. Lowbar Jun 26, 2006 08:40 AM

        Quarter Deck is your spot. 1200 Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA. 703-528-2722. Reservations are a good idea on weekends if the weather is decent, even though its not at all what you'd think of as a reservation place.

        I would not advise straying from crabs and beer when ordering.

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          Dakota Guy Jun 26, 2006 02:46 PM

          The fried oyster sandwich is pretty good too.

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            Steve Jun 26, 2006 03:55 PM

            Quarterdeck also used to have a mesquite grilled shrimp on the menu which was very good. Don't know if it's still offered.

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            BookGuy Jun 26, 2006 04:35 PM

            The Quartedeck also has an extremely cheap pizza that is palatable and this is quite useful when a child is part of the group who won't do crabs or other seafood. I would not claim that it is in any way top of the line, but in pizza-starved Rosslyn it is a useful eating place.

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              Lowbar Jun 28, 2006 02:05 AM

              Good to know. The spiced steamed shrimp and softshell sandwich I had were both very sub-par, but my crabs are consistently good...after two visits on which I supplemented the steamed crabs with other vittles, I decided to stick to the crabs.

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