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best crabs in baltimore

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  • jgail Jul 1, 2007 07:25 AM
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We want to go out tomorrow for crabs - my husband and I don't eat a lot but we absolutely want the biggest ones we can get - any recommendations for places that will take reservation and guarantee crabs - preferably not on the eastern side of town since we live in Pikesville. Friends suggested Costas but it is a really long drive.

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  1. My favorite place is Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn but thats in Essex and they don't take reservations. On your side of town, I have heard good things about The Crab Shanty on rt. 40 but haven't eaten there myself. Ocean Pride in Lutherville usually has good crabs. If someone suggests LP Steamers, I would stear clear of that place, had a horrible experience there a few weeks ago.

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    1. re: hon

      I went to the Crab Shanty last year. I got the most expensive crabs ever (for me). Like $80 a dozen. They were huge and perfect, but $80. I agree to avoid LP Steamers. Obryki's is consistently good and my one time at Mr. Bill's has made me a believer.

    2. If you are willing to go downtown baltimore, Bo Brooks or Obrycki's (sp) are great!

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      1. re: Chorizo74

        Was just at Bo Brooks yesterday, the crabs were very expensive and at least half of what we had (and granted, they were lunch crabs) were reheated. Their biggest were $90 a dozen - come on now. Also, one of the owners, Chris keep telling me that Clipper City BaltoMarzHon is a wheat beer - uh no dude, it's a Marzen style Amber Lager. He insisted, throwing out that he knew Hugh Sisson. It was embarassing. Also, the waitress decided I should have Clipper City Gold since they stopped serving MarzHon which is what I ordered since it was on the menu. At one point she told the next table that blue crabs were "God's creatures".

      2. I have to agree with the posters about LP Steamers. Actually, I'm a big believer in only have cheap, watery beer with crabs, so even the thought that that would push a mis-named wheat beer is beyond me.

        If you don't go for crabs all that often, a trip to the eastern side of Baltimore Co. for Costa's really isn't all that far!

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        1. re: baltoellen

          I live between Catonsville and Ellicott City - I've got to get over to the Eastern part of town and follow all your recs for Costas and Mr. Bills!
          But, OP, if you want to stay West side, I wouldn't go to Crab Shanty. I've had too many so-so crabs from there to recommend it to anyone anymore. On the other hand, we just had some really tasty crabs from the Ship's Cafe in Catonsville. I like their heavy use of rock salt and the spice mix is good. I've only had take out but they do have a dining room. Good Luck!

          1. re: sistereurope

            I wondered about Ship's cafe, good to know!