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Jun 10, 2007 02:01 PM

Looking for Best Crabs and Seafood

We're headed your way from Boston for a wedding at the end of June and will greatly appreciate hound thoughts on best places for crab and/or seafood. (We'll be staying at the Inner Harbor.)

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  1. I suggest doing a search on this board for "Baltimore crabs". It's one of the most popular questions of chowhounds visiting Baltimore.

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    1. re: bordeauxfan

      Need to second this notion. This question is asked at least a few times a week in the summer.

      Also, your options for crabs in Baltimore expands greatly if you have a car.

      1. re: baltoellen

        Yes, a car or a cab is almost mandatory. And DO NOT get suckered into Phillips Seafood at Harborplace!

        1. re: bordeauxfan

          A car isn't necessarily mandatory, depending on the length of stay. A cab, on the other hand, could be useful.

          I'm going to risk the wrath of the cognescenti by suggesting that Obrycki's isn't a bad choice for steamed crabs. Are they the best steamed crabs in the area? Probably not, but they're good crabs, they're convenient (by a short cab ride) from the Inner Harbor, and they're used to tourists (including tourists that need to be taught how to pick crabs).

          I will second the non-recommendatino of Phillips.

    2. Close to downtown I would suggest Obrycki's on Pratt or Bo Brooks on Boston for crabs. Seafood is a different animal - I am not sure what you mean. McCormick & Schmick is at the harbor but I don't think it is particularly good and certainly isn't a "Baltimore" restaurant. Black Olive in Fells Point is known for fish as is Kalis Court. Crab houses are different though

      1. Will you be Near Pope's Creek MD? I used to go to places there (one called Capt. Billy's i believe?) and it was AMAZING for all-you-can-eat blue crabs.

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        1. re: kam0424

          That's 75 miles from the inner harbor. I'm sure there are some places a bit closer.