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steamed crabs by the bushel?

I'm hosting a little get together this Sat. and was hoping to get a bushel of steamed crabs. Anyone have any suggestions in the NoVa or DC metro area?

I sort of remember these trucks that sold them somewhere in Silver Springs a while ago but I can't remember exactly where.

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  1. Definitely try the seafood market on Maine Ave. We got the most beautiful jumbo crabs there a few weeks ago.

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    1. re: laurentobias

      Agree 100% on Maine Ave.



    2. This past weekend we had terrific steamed crabs from Jessie Taylor Seafood at the Main Avenue fish market. There were no local crabs, but the bushels from the Carolinas were delicious, meaty and sweet. $70/bushel steamed.

      I posted the whole adventure, with photos, on my blog "What I Cook"

      what i cook ------> http://dcinsideout.blogspot.com/icook

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      1. I just read your blog--sounds delicious. I'm salivating right now and I just finished dinner! Do you know what time these places open? My party is at 2:30 but I don't want to run the risk of running out.

        Also, after they're steamed, can you just keep them out (in the house)for a day and not worry about them going bad?

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        1. re: ffxjack

          They NEVER run out! :)

          Maine Avenue opens early in the AM - I cant tell you excatly when, because I have never been there before 10 a.m. They close, this time of year, well after sunset on the weekends. If youre talking about keeping the crabs for a "day", meaning 24 hours - I wouldnt, for hours or so out of the steamer should be ok though, just keep the bushel lid on, and make sure theyre in the shade.

          what i cook -----> http://dcinsideout.blogspot.com/icook

        2. Also check Slavin & Sons in NoVA on Glebe Road near 395, 703-486-0400. My in-laws have gotten crabs there before and been very happy with them.

          1. Looks like I'll be heading to the Maine Ave fish market tom.
            Any particular store/boats? Sounds like Jessie Taylor Seafood is a good bet.

            Also, although I grew up in MD, my dad was always the one who picked up the crabs so I don't know much about size/price. Are #2 a good combo of size and price?
            Thanks again!

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            1. re: ffxjack

              smaller than you would probably like but at that price who cares, especially if they are all jimmies.

            2. Try this person. On the blue crab website, several folks have posted that they have had good experience with the person. The prices is certainly reasonable.


              BTW, does anyone wonder why the prices at every store at the maine st. market is the same.

              1. I just got back from Jessie's on Maine and the whole area is really hopping! It didn't take too long, though, and I got a dozen #2 from the steamer for $14 (heavy seasoning). Hint for chowhounders: Drive into the lot in front of the barges because most folks think it is full but there often are spots to be had.

                1. I fell so behind preparing for the party that I had to ask my sister to go down to the waterfront to get the crabs. She went to Jessie Taylor and got the #2s for 90/bushel. Pretty decent but I think they'll be better in a month or so.

                  Thanks for the help everyone!

                  1. Chowhound started coming up in my stats page for my website, so I tracked it back to this page. The prices you guys have been quoting are actually pretty good. Maryland crabs are selling for 90-180 a bushel for small females and large males, respectively, at retail places. I sell small females for $40 a bushel, and large males for 120, to give you an idea of my price range. But I only sell crabs on the weekends. plus I sell everything caught the same day. So if you guys are interested, go to my website. procrabber.com I also have a link for how to steam crabs

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                    1. re: procrabber

                      your instructional video was exceptionally helpful :)

                      1. re: procrabber

                        procrabber, are you only located in baltimore? i live in arlington

                      2. dvereen,

                        Sorry, I am only south of baltimore for now. I know another crabber, and I am trying ot talk him into selling them on the roadside in Rockville. Also a guy who works for me lives in college park, so the option of picking them up from him always exists as well. I am located at Alan drive off of wilkins ave between 3-5pm on Saturdays only.... the rest of the time I am a full time PHD student. if you are interested shoot me an email procrabber@gmail.com. I can also try to put you in contact with some crabbers near your area if any exist, so you dont have to be raped by retail prices