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Nov 14, 2006 04:23 PM


Anyone have any recent experience with this crab place near BWI???

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  1. Yes, avoid it. Poor service and mediocre food. If you insist on going, avoid the onion rings at all costs. They use some sort of beer batter that you would find on fried fish, but the beer batter was so thick on the onion rings that they reminded me of Dunkin Donuts' old fashioned donuts instead of onion rings. Who wants to eat fried batter with a sliver of onion?

    1. Just to clarify, there are *two* "Gunnings", and they are both reasonably close to BWI. As I recall, they are run by two sides of a dispute over ownership of the original Gunnings, on Hanover Street (I think) in Brooklyn Park. There is also the one off Route 100 (Coca Cola Drive, maybe?) just south of 100 and just west of 295. I'm guessing the OP is talking about the route 100 one.

      If I recall the story correctly (don't bet on that!), the original owners of the Brooklyn Park location opened the place that's off of Route 100, and there was some messy legal stuff as to whether they could both use the Gunnings name, and who was allowed to serve the fried green pepper rings. In the end, I think it was resolved (not sure if it was in or out of court) that they could both use the Gunnings name and the green pepper ring recipe, and the feuding owners ageed to "let the best Gunnings win!"

      And of course, if my memory is off, I hope that somebody with better info will correct my account here.

      And after all of that, I have to admit that I've never been to either of them.

      11 Replies
      1. re: Warthog

        I was in Brooklyn recently and the original Gunning's on Hanover street was closed.

        1. re: elgringoviejo

          That's sad. I really liked that place. Can't remember about the onion rings chownut complains about, but it was a legit Baltimore restaurant with yummy steamed crabs. Never had anything but steamed crabs or crabcake sandwich and both were good.

            1. re: Procrastibaker

              The last time I was there a few years ago the place was a total tourist trap and tried to pass reheated crabs to this local gal to the tune of $70 a dozen for what were not even larges. Good riddence!

              1. re: hon

                I think you may have experienced the problem with crabs in general lately-- I have routinely seen them for this price and more ($80!). Just a supply issue I'd guess. It's been years since I've gotten actual heavy, large crabs anywhere in Balto. How could there possibly be a tourist trap in Brooklyn Park??

                1. re: Procrastibaker

                  I used to love Gunnings, especially the cream of crab soup, up until about 10-15 years ago when they got a writeup in Roadfood and the tourists started pouring in. The Hanover branch was never as good as the original (pre-Roadfood).

                  1. re: Procrastibaker

                    This was 5 year or 6 years ago when $70 a dozen was a crime to charge and in my mind still is!
                    I've had large heavy crabs this season at Kelly's, Mr. Bill's and Canton Dockside.

                    1. re: hon

                      Admittedly, I probably haven't been there since the Roadfood phenomenon. But seriously, hon, you can't really think that price is a crime considering how limited supplies of crabs are based on the state of the bay? I don't think prices are a result of tourists, they're a result of mismanaging our natural resources... I don't like the expense either, but I understand that we've all played a part in making things that way. In fact, I won't do steamed crabs anymore (occasionally order soup) since they're so over-fished.

                      1. re: Procrastibaker

                        Oh please, the majority of crabs come from elsewhere anyway so yeah it's a crime. Large heavy excellent crabs at Kellys? $50 a dozen, from Texas and they were very tasty. Mr. Bills? Excellent and heavy and from Texas, $44 a dozen. Canton Dockside? The Carolinas, $42 a dozen - very large and meaty and tasty. And as I pointed out, the Gunning crabs were not even larges and they were reheated.

                        Hal, Canton Dockside is on Boston Street towards 95 in the 1st mariner Bank building, used to be Pearls.

                        1. re: hon

                          Right back at ya'. Same problems exist elsewhere... do you think the Gulf is pristine? Plus you're then paying for shipping, etc. If you got screwed at Gunnings, that's a bummer, but I think expecting crabs to be cheap is ridiculous in this day and age (yes, $70 5 years ago seems high, but $50 ain't cheap either compared to what they once were...). I still won't eat them 'cause I don't trust that places getting them for cheap are necessarily getting them the right way (same reason I don't eat most fish-- ecological cost is too high), but do what you want...

            2. Run, don't walk away from this place, just run away.