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Harris Crab House @ Kent Narrows

Soup Nov 5, 2006 09:31 PM

This past friday, I went for crabs with a bunch of folks to Harris Crab house. The place has butcher paper on the table with a roll of paper towels. Pretty plain but just right for me. The resturant sits right on the water but it was dark and I didn't get to see much.

As for the menu pretty extensive, but most of the folks seem to go for one of two things. Crabs or the Oyster buffet which they seem to have on Friday nights.

I got AYCE crabs as did most of the other folks at the table. $25 for male mediums. Very good weight. Not all their crabs were local and there were a few in the dozens we went through that weren't great but for most part I was very very happy with them. The spicing was just right and the crabs came out steaming hot. The waitress kept my drink full and I just ate crabs two two solid hours.

Very few others got the buffet for $23 (don't quote me on the price). They seem to think the raw oysters which was shucked to order was fantastic (I snuck a few, they were very good). Other items were good to poor. I was happy I got the crabs. You could apprently do both for $35.

My first time at Harrris Crab house and won't be the last. I got to get one more crab session in before the season ends.


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    Chownut RE: Soup Nov 5, 2006 10:43 PM

    They've got a great crab cake sandwich too. Try that next time, pan broiled.

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      Maryland Crab RE: Soup Nov 6, 2006 01:07 PM

      And DO NOT leave without the Nutty Buddy for dessert. It is made especially for them and we can not walk out, no matter how stuffed, without finishing off with one. By the way, the onion rings are good and I always use them to clean the palate while eating crabs.

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        dcs RE: Soup Nov 6, 2006 02:43 PM

        Don't forget to pick up a few quarts of the Red Crab Soup and the Cream of Crab Soup on your way out the door. They sell them at the take-out window; rather delicious and they freeze quite nicely if you cannot get to them right away.

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          Chownut RE: dcs Nov 6, 2006 02:51 PM

          For a great cream of crab soup and also the red crab soup, I also recommend Annapolis Seafood Market. There are 3 locations in the Annapolis area (Severna Park, Edgewater, and Annapolis).

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            isabellaflynn RE: Chownut Apr 3, 2009 10:38 AM

            I don't agree with this suggestion unfortunately. To my taste, Maryland Crab Soup (this is what we call the "red crab" soup locally) sould have a kick (i.e. a nice peppery Old Bay taste). The soup here is too bland and tastes canned. So many places screw up on the Cream of Crab as well - too thick. I actually think one of the better versions I've had is at a steak house, The Prime Rib in Baltimore. As for the Maryland Crab, my mom makes the best in the entire state hands down. I've tried to convince her to sell it, but she isn't interested...

        2. designerboy01 RE: Soup Apr 6, 2008 11:50 PM

          I used to like Harris Crab house, but when I ate there this week I thought the crabs were kind of pricey. What I really was upset was that 4 out of the 6 crabs I got was missing one claw. Paying $32 for 6 crabs is kind of crazy I thought while I can get them for $12 for a dozen (althought not as big but still kind of crazy prices). I was told that this happens somtimes, but 4 out of 6 crabs is 66.67%! Looks like it is happening most of the time! Salad was not fresh too. I ordered a pound of muscles and they hardly had any meat. I don't think I would be returning to this place again. It used to be one of my favorite places, but I really think its a big ripoff for what they charge and I'm convinced they are taking the claws for other dishes. Its a substantial amount of meat if you go for the Jumbo's or Extra-Large.

          To be fair, after I complained they reluctantly bought out the missing legs.

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          1. re: designerboy01
            jfish RE: designerboy01 Apr 7, 2008 05:24 AM

            Where can you get $12 dozen crabs?

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              designerboy01 RE: jfish Apr 15, 2008 10:03 PM

              Try the Chinese market. Or if you are if you are in a large city go to the early morning fish market and they sell it to you cheap.

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                hon RE: jfish Apr 16, 2008 01:08 PM

                if you can find $12 a dozen crabs, they are usually females.

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                  Jason1 RE: hon Apr 16, 2008 01:52 PM

                  And you're certainly not going to get them at a restaurant. I've gotten $15/doz crabs at Joe's seafood in Severna Park that were pretty good. And I've seen similiar deals at other takeout places in the area, but these deals are specials, for the smallest size, and I don't think they run these specials during prime crab eating months. But these aren't sit-down restaurant prices.

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                    JonParker RE: hon Apr 16, 2008 02:31 PM

                    I did get $2 crabs at Ryleigh's last night. I think it's a regular Tuesday special. They weren't huge and meaty, but they were quite decent for the price.

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                GalwayGirl RE: Soup Apr 19, 2008 08:22 PM

                You have to try the cream of crab at Annie's in Kent Narrows. Just don't order anything else until you have eaten the soup - you probably won't have room! Its thick and rich and is absolutely amazing!

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                  designerboy01 RE: GalwayGirl May 13, 2008 12:00 AM

                  Thanks, I may try this place next time I'm in the area if I don't bug out on eating crabs at a Cantonese restaurant. If anyone likes spicy, Typhoon Shelter crabs are the best (Causeway Bay Style).

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                    EDinPQ RE: GalwayGirl Apr 3, 2009 08:45 AM

                    I am a fan of the cream of crab soup at the Narrows. Never tried Annie's...

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                      Joe H RE: EDinPQ Apr 3, 2009 11:05 AM

                      The Narrows has the best cream of crab soup AND lump crab cakes on earth.

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                        Denise RE: Joe H Apr 4, 2009 04:59 PM

                        Joe - you only believe that because you haven't taken my dare to stop at the Annapolis Seafood Market on your way home (re: the crabcakes, not the soup).

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                          Joe H RE: Denise Apr 4, 2009 08:53 PM

                          Actually, I really do need to stop there, Denise. And I promise I will. I was also premature in my above statement: Cindy Wolf's Charleston makes a non traditional (i.e. non Maryland style) lump crab cake that is the best I've ever had. The Narrows is the best traditional-so far. This is the Narrows recipe: http://www.starchefs.com/features/cra...

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                            hon RE: Joe H Apr 5, 2009 07:18 AM

                            I love that the recipe tells you to preheat the oven to 500 but then tells you to fry the cakes in vegetable oil.

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                              Joe H RE: hon Apr 5, 2009 05:17 PM

                              I would guess that one is broiled and another is fried.

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                              a1234 RE: Joe H Aug 2, 2010 10:27 AM

                              An entire cup of mayo? Fry in vegetable oil? I don't think so.
                              Cut way down on the mayo and mustard and use butter instead of oil, and that is pretty much the way I make them.

                    2. ssgiris RE: Soup Jul 25, 2010 10:40 AM

                      Just ate at Harris' last night with the family. I ordered the fried clam dinner - it was spectacularly good. Soft shell clams hand-breaded and deep fried. Whole belly clams sweet and juicy - just like I grew up with in New England. Harris' is loud, and was unbelievably hot last night (not surprisingly) but man, I'd go back today for more clams.

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                        Hal Laurent RE: ssgiris Jul 25, 2010 01:23 PM

                        Soft shell clams in Maryland? Wow, I'll have to check that out. My expatriate New Englander wife loves the things, but I don't think we've ever found them further south than NYC.

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                          dining with doc RE: Hal Laurent Jul 25, 2010 04:41 PM

                          soft shelled steamers tonite at Cantler's near annapolis

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                            chowchower RE: dining with doc Jul 27, 2010 12:11 PM

                            Cantler's was fantastic!!!

                          2. re: Hal Laurent
                            hon RE: Hal Laurent Jul 28, 2010 06:26 AM

                            The soft shells caught here are usually shipped to New England but they are a local clam.

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                              ILoveBacon RE: Hal Laurent Aug 2, 2010 09:33 AM

                              Hal - if you call Salt River Lobster by Wednesday, you can pick up your order of soft shell clams at their stand at the Sunday farmers market under the JFX. This past week, the clams were $6/pound. Out of a 5 pound bag, there was about a dozen dead/broken clams; not a bad yield. They were briny, sweet and exactly what a belly clam should taste like!

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                              amaebi RE: ssgiris Jul 25, 2010 06:49 PM

                              Whole belly clams are one of my all time favorite foods! Is this a regular item on the menu or just a special on some nights? I need to get myself there ASAP.

                              1. re: amaebi
                                dining with doc RE: amaebi Jul 28, 2010 05:34 AM

                                I think it is regularly on Cantlers menu but if that is why you are going there, I would phone ahead of time to be sure.

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                                  chowchower RE: dining with doc Jul 28, 2010 08:56 AM

                                  Yes, it is on the menu at Cantler's, but it says "When Available".

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