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Is Costas Inn good, or a recommend good Md crabhouse

Joe_So_Cool Jan 10, 2007 07:19 PM

I hear the crabs are good here; are they? Any other items worth ordering? Any other recommendations for a good crabhouse in Baltimore?



.ps leave out anything near DC

  1. j
    Joe_So_Cool Mar 8, 2007 01:55 PM

    Ty, Ice creaam guy,
    But those crab cravings MUST be satisfied, even off-season.



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      csjs28 Mar 7, 2007 09:03 AM

      I to had a bad experience at Costas. The crabs we were served were reheated and half of them were bad. I will never go back!! As for Mr. Bill's, I love it and have never had a bad experience. I also reccomend Stoney Creek Inn, in Pasadena. The biggest crabs I have found in this area and always good!

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      1. re: csjs28
        MDicecreamguy Mar 7, 2007 10:08 AM

        Costas Inn...waaaaay overrated.....
        If you really want MARYLAND CRABS....best time to get them is between August-October....I've found the best ones are from guys on the side of the road who catch them betwwen 4 and 9 am....then come to Baltimore and sell them on the side of the road. THere's one guy who sets up in Reisterstown on 140 right past the old Forest Inn...another guy on Northern Pkwy near Loch Raven....another on Edmonson Ave near Rt. 40.

      2. j
        Joe_So_Cool Jan 22, 2007 07:24 PM

        Well, Costas was not a good experience. I will not be returning there. Pot-burnt and nasty smelling, these crabs were a shameful thing to put in front of anyone. I sent one back with a complaint and received a "we don't replace crabs, we'll just take THIS ONE off your check". I pried open several more, none were edible. Maybe they were having a bad night - don't know, don't care. I decline to dicker over each morsel I eat, and will never eat there again.

        Nuf' said,


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          Joe_So_Cool Jan 16, 2007 01:38 PM


          .ps the above link is to a City Paper review, wherein the author states he detects traces of cinnamon and sugar.



          1. j
            Joe_So_Cool Jan 16, 2007 12:56 PM

            Once again, thanks to those who made constructive recommendations and comments.

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              atls21231 Jan 12, 2007 01:13 PM

              I was at Dockside on Boston Ave. last week, and the crabs there were very good. Mostly $46s and I thought they were priced well, but they had six $78s left (we got there late) and they were enormous.

              The rest of their food is much better than Bo Brooks or LP Steamers; would recommend it.

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              1. re: atls21231
                hon Jan 12, 2007 03:23 PM

                I had crabs there in September, they were very good, the 2nd the recommendation!

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                Joe_So_Cool Jan 12, 2007 11:27 AM

                Thanks all,
                Mr. Bills crabs were tasty, and full just as described - aside from cumin, I also tasted fennel seed and cinnamon (not to mention a lot of sugar); my son wanted to know why the spice was "flaked on" his crabs, but he liked the flavor.
                My wife found the place bright, cheery and friendly, but she did not much care for the food (she doesn't eat crabs); she has a few food allergies, and had to send back a "secret recipe" oriented dish that had untold ingredients within. Her replacement, a turkey club, was disappointingly made with sub-par lunch meat (she said slimy lunch meat) plus the sandwich had onions and cheese on it, both having been expressly noted to our waitress as "things NOT to put" on the sandwich. She was a good sport though, and helped Joe Jr crack his crabs while we ate.
                A buddy and I will try crabs here again; I liked them well enough to try again, but still hope to find crabs larger than the 46's I got last night. Joe Jr might come with me, but I don't think Mrs Joe will be back.

                Thanks all,


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                1. re: Joe_So_Cool
                  hon Jan 12, 2007 01:10 PM

                  Sugar? I 've been eating crabs at Bill's for years and can say that I have never tasted suagr in their spice mix.

                  1. re: hon
                    Joe_So_Cool Jan 12, 2007 03:44 PM

                    hi hon, yep that was sugar all right - ask em, they might tell you, but it is unmistakeable to me; it is a blend of many flavors, and it's hard to isolate individual tastes in a mix like that, but I'm 99.99% sure about it. thx again, joe

                    1. re: Joe_So_Cool
                      hon Jan 12, 2007 06:25 PM

                      I've never had crabs in my life where I could taste sugar in the seasoning including Mr. Bill's and yes, I am going to ask them the next I go which will probably be next week.

                  2. re: Joe_So_Cool
                    Steve Jan 14, 2007 12:00 AM

                    Yeah, I'd say someone who doesn't eat crabs will have a tough time at Bill's. I didn't even realize they have a menu!

                  3. j
                    Joe_So_Cool Jan 10, 2007 09:28 PM

                    ty all,
                    Will try mr bills.

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                      venera Jan 10, 2007 08:40 PM

                      I'm thirding Mr Bill's. I used to go to Costas but tried Mr. Bill's and am now a convert.

                      Get there early or be prepared to wait. The crabs are heavy, hon, and the beer is cold. I do believe there is a faint aroma of cumin in their spice mix. Crab heaven.


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                        Hue Jan 10, 2007 08:23 PM

                        Second Mr. Bills, also consider Bo Brooks on Boston Street but stick with the steamed crabs only. Jimmy's on Holabird Avenue in the Dundalk area is another option. Shultze's on Old Eastern Avenue in Middle River used to be reliable, but since I discovered Mr. Bills I always go there when I'm in that area

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                          hon Jan 10, 2007 08:01 PM

                          Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn in Essex on Eastern Avenue

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