Those of you who know me on this board know that I am not fan of LP Steamers crabs however a few times a year I wind up there because someone else will really want to go. I like the actual place, you can't get more Bawlmer then that downstairs. The crabs are another story. One of those times was this past friday night. First thing, what is up with having 9 sizes available, do they measure them by the 1/4 inch, I have a feeling they just eyeball it and having 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 80 is absurd, can there be an actual difference between the 60's and the 65's? My friend and I split a dozen of the 40's. We also split a dozen steamed clams before the crabs which were gritty, one being just entirely filled with sludge. The crabs came out quickly and not only were they reheated (I know in an earlier post on LP Steamers someone had called and they promised they didn't reheat but every single time I have been there the crabs were most certainly reheated) but I would venture to say they hadn't even been steamed that day. The meat alternated between being mushy and being dry, the shells were actually soft, I could push my finger into the bottom of a few of them. Yuck. We should have complained but did not, we also did not finish them for obvious reasons. We left and walked across to Nasu Blanca for an after dinner drink and as soon as we both sat down, we looked at each other and both complained of "stomach pains". Had one drink, had to leave and sparing you the details barely made it home to use the bathroom. I will NEVER eat crabs there again, I don't care who wants to go. It's now called LP Stinkers.
Wow, that couldn't be farther from my experience there a few weeks ago. A group of us had a dozen and a half 60's, and they were perfect, not mushy or dry. And they didn't come out quickly. Maybe I just don't know what reheated crabs taste like, but these were as good as any I've had from reputable places in Annapolis, O.C. and Baltimore.