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BEST CRAB PLACE IN D.C/Maryland

Does anyone know where they have the best crab shack in the DC/Baltimore Area?? I would like to get a bushel or two, I LOVE CRABS!!

Thanks!!

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  1. To take home or to eat in? Eating in: Quarterdeck in Arlington- a long walk from the Rosslyn metro.

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    1. re: jpschust

      Hi Jpschust,

      To take home and to eat in...I was in Arlington 2 weeks ago, there was a bike race going on then, didn't really have time to look for a crab place. I will def. try out Quarterdeck next time. Any other suggestions? Thanks a lot for your help!

      1. re: itstangy

        I would say, not the Dancing Crab in Tenley Town. It is OK - I went there the other night and had a very good time, and left full and happy - but they only had Larges and our waitress was laughably bad (really... we were laughing. We kept trying to order things we needed from other waitresses that were passing by, so it wouldn't get screwed up).

        So, Dancing Crab - pretty OK, and a fun time, but definitely not the best place in the area.

    2. I see you want take-out....from most outside-the-beltway parts of Maryland you frankly shouldn't even strongly consider any of the DC/NoVA places.

      If you are in/very close to DC, I'd suggest going down to the Maine Avenue wharf to pick up your bushels...this is probably also the most economical way to go. For smaller volume eat-in, I like Quarterdeck too.

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      1. re: Lowbar

        Thanks for your input everyone! I've had crabs in MD around Laurel, I don't really remember what the place was called but it was a little shack, they had soups and beverages also. But I've heard there was a better place that was very good. I am dying to find out where this one is or what it is called, but I'll def. try out the places suggested.

        Thanks!!

        1. re: itstangy

          Sounds like Bottom of the Bay. I haven't been there in probably ten years,

          1. re: 4X4

            Yes! It was Bottom of the Bay, thanks! I wouldn't have remembered that...

      2. In Baltimore, Chris's Seafood on Montford in Canton has what I think are the best carry out crabs in town!

        1. If nothing's changed recently, Bethesda Crab House. The crabs are great, the prices aren't, but whenever I go somewhere else I'm disappointed.

          1. anything really worth going to is at least an hour away.

            - Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn (Baltimore)
            - Drift Inn (Mechanicsville)
            - Captain Leonards (Mechanicsville)
            - Harris' Crab House (Kent Narrows)
            - Waterman's Crab House (Rock Hall, MD)

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            1. re: MarcDC

              I'm def. going to try Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn when I go...should be heading there next month. I might even be moving down to MD sometime soon, can't wait to try all of the places recommended!

            2. I second Lowbar.

              If you're looking for crabs by the bushel go down to the Maine Street market. First of all, it's an experience in itself. Secondly, there's no point going to a sit down place, and paying their prices to walk out with crabs (if even necessary). You probably won't find better deals in the DC area than the market.

              Baltimore's another story! I'd pick up the phone book (how antiquated) and call around. There are so many crab shacks you can throw a rock over your shoulder and hit one!