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where to get good crab in maryland

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new to dc/balto area & looking for a sunday drive... does anyone know of a fantabulous place to go & eat some of that yummy md crab that i've heard so much about? it would be preferable if they also serviced up some terrific "other" food for the non-crab shelling partner of mine.

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  1. This question or one like it gets asked at least once per week so you may want to do a little research of your own using the search feature. Since you are looking for a sunday drive, you can go about 2 hrs from DC to the town of Rock Hall, MD, for crabs at Waterman's. Won't do much better than that, and they have some good non-crab items as well (ribs, prime rib, burgers, etc).

    For places closer to home, you'll find much debate on this board. In general, you are far better off in Baltimore area than DC area. In the DC area my favorite place is the Quarterdeck in Arlington. In Baltimore, Bill's Terrace Inn and Kelly's are favorites...Bo Brooks or Obrycki's attract more of a tourist crowd but are still good, and would be well-suited to people brand new to crab picking.

    Cantler's out past Annapolis would offer you a shorter Sunday drive and excellent crabs, but the rest of the menu is iffy according to most.

    1. Long ago, we had a very good crab lunch in Annapolis. I can't remember the name of the place (I know.. not very helpful). The town isn't all that big. You can probably walk around and see what looks appealing.

      1. thanks, for your responses! i also found this website that i am hoping will be very useful in my quest for a delightful meal!


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          Clarkes Landing Inn for a crab cake sandwich. It's a 2 hour drive tops, probably less this weekend. Thompsons is on the way for soft shell and other items. More to be found in the whole area.

          1. Cantler's in Annapolis. Great food. Beautiful view.

            1. I think by far the best bet is to get steamed crabs from a retail market and find somewhere nice to eat them. I've gotten crabs from one of the little guys at DC's Maine Ave Fish Wharf a few times this summer (from the place next to the Salvadorian counter). A dozen #2 crabs for $12, but he gave us 20 crabs instead of 12 both times. Is that a crabbers dozen. It's enough for 2-4 people, for a few bucks a person, as opposed to $30 per person.

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              1. re: JoshInDC

                Doesn't make for much of a Sunday drive though...and 20 #2's is lunch for 1 in my book, but I'm a pig.

              2. I enjoy going to Cantler's -- they have great crabs and MD tomato/veg crab soup, but after that much of the food is hit or miss. It's a pretty easy drive from DC (although you need very good directions for the last 3 miles or so off Route 50) and is in a great spot. If you want a slightly longer drive (maybe 20-30 minutes longer, but south instead of east)and very good food aside from crabs, go to Stoney's at Broome's Island. It's a great place, on the water, and the last 10 miles are a classic drive through old southern MD. Stoney's has what many think (myself included)are the best crabcakes around.

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                1. re: chesapeake72000

                  If you're thinking about Stoney's at Broome's Island, read the following post first. You'll be more glad, unless you like unneccesary filler and an overabundance of Jimmy Buffett.


                  1. re: chesapeake72000

                    Cantler's is great! On a nice day you can sit outside with a lovely view of the river. My non-crab picking BF got the crab dip and soft shell po' boy and thought both were good. Warning: crab dip is huge and best when warm. Corn was excellent, not much you can really do to mess up hot corn on the cob though.

                    I liked Obrickyi's though becuase of the seasoning they use, it's not your typical Old Bay which is over-rated in my book.

                  2. If you are looking for a Sunday drive THIS Sunday (or Saturday), you should be sure to check out the Maryland Seafood Festival in Annapolis. Always a good time, it is also a great way to check out a variety of MD restaurants touting the best crab(cake). And don't miss the Crab Soup cook-off and tasting!

                    1. Second the rec for Watermans in Rock Hall (an essential part of my development as a chow pup). Also Mike's on the South River in Annapolis. Crabs + bikers + the South River, can't get much better.

                      1. Iam one who loves a great crabcake. The first best is at Friendly Farms Resturant and the second is at G&M Resturant.I have to say that friendly farms is my favorite place for the quality, the portion and for being so clean. This is located out on a 200 acre farmland.