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Aug 10, 2006 03:14 PM

Crabs in DC

Where is the best place to get all you can eat crab legs in the DC/Arlington/NOVA area? Price is somewhat of an issue, but im in the end im looking for quality over quantity (which doesnt really make much sense bc its all you can eat... but hey whatever)
thanks everyone

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  1. Most economical would be getting a friend and getting a bushel of crabs from Maine Ave waterfront:

    Other than that, here are some NoVa options in my personal rank order:

    1) Quarter Deck in Arlington (search on Quarterdeck and Quarter Deck to find lots of past discussions on this one
    )2) Captain Pell's in Fairfax
    3) Tim's Rivershore in Woodbridge (not sure if they have AYCE)

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      1. re: Tugboat

        Right you are, Ken!

        Well it's not in DC proper, it's by Clarendon... but Whitlow's on Wilson (the brunch place on Wilson Blvd) has all you can eat crab legs at its all you can eat 13.95 sunday brunch, and they're huge and quite good. I wonder if they do it on Saturday, too? I dunno.

          1. re: Tugboat

            It's from Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, on TBS (or TNT, I forgot). Everytime this one commentator says something, the other guy says, "Right you are, Ken!" It's a pretty hilarious show. They overdub Japanese game shows with American commentators.... worth Tivoing if you've never seen it. (Sometimes called "MXC" in the listings.)

      2. I just checked their website, they do saturday brunch as well as sunday brunch. Man, they are really good. I am totally going on saturday for brunch now.

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        1. re: EricDC

          I just looked at the whitlow's on wilsons menu webpage, and i dont see anything about crab legs. there is a brunch menu, but theres no crab legs on it. Is it the buffet on sat and sun where i can find the crablegs? I must have them... its life or death...but not really

        2. Duder,

          First time in my life I ever had crab legs was winter/spring '05 at Whitlow's. Life changing. Awesome. I ate, like, 1 million of them.

          I have only been back once for brunch since, around Feb '06 (I don't live near there so it's a random occurrence), but they were DEFINITELY there on the brunch buffet, in full force. Are they seasonal? They might be seasonal, and I wouldn't even know, because I've only ever eaten them twice there, and they were both winter-type times. But they definitely serve'em.


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          1. re: EricDC

            thanks a lot man, ill definetly check it out

            1. re: jgaff1041

              Did you go? I went this weekend. They had them.

              1. re: EricDC

                no i havent gone yet, but thanks for the heads up. next time my lady friend comes into town, we will definetly check it out. thanks all

          2. Not all you can eat but $9.95 for a pound of Alaskan Crab Legs at PJ Skidoo's in Fairfax. It's under appetizers...but I had that and the steamed spiced shrimp (also very good) for a meal. I can not believe how cheap they are...mine were very fresh with a lot of meat! Definitely the best I have had in a long time. I've had the crab legs at Whitlow's for brunch and I wasn't impressed...none of them looked fresh when I was there. :(

            Here's a link to Skidoo's:

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            1. re: AlliantK

              Thanks for the link. What else would you recommend there? thanks again.

              1. re: julialimei

                It's funny because I don't LOVE P.J. Skidoo's but I was very impressed with the price and quality of their crab legs. A couple other dishes that I have enjoyed there are the Shrimp & Pasta dish, the Mayor Rob Burger, the French Onion soup and the Prime Rib. I know some people who think Skidoo's Prime Rib is some of the best in the area.

                I also like the fact that Skidoo's isn't a chain...and it's been around for a long time...28 years in fact. I remember going there with my family when I was little. Memories... :)

                1. re: AlliantK

                  Really...thanks for the tip! I've posted a request for a good place to have french onion soup and a prime rib and this never came up, and its right down the street from me. I always thought Skidoos was more college bar than restaurant so I have avoided it. I will have to try it out.

                  1. re: Lowbar

                    Don't want to get your hopes up...but I think the French Onion soup is pretty good...probably not the best you've ever had...but good for an appetizer or lunch. If you're looking for good prime rib...I'm sure you know Sweet Water usually has a good selection too.

                  2. re: AlliantK

                    Thanks for the advice--I'm hoping to check it out sometime soon!

              2. I had the best crabs all season at the Quarterdeck in Arlington last Friday afternoon. Big, sweet, meaty, delicious.
                Since your original post asked for crab LEGS, and I'm assuming Alaskan King here, you might want to take a drive up to the Cracked Claw in Urbana, MD just south of Frederick on 355. They have an all-you-can-eat King Crab feast that can't be beat.