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Restaurants for steamed mussels and clams

I love steamed mussels and clams. They're only offered on the menus as appetizers. Sometime the portions are acceptable, sometimes you only get a handful but for hefty charge. I can easily order 2 or 3 appetizer portions for myself, but that gets very expensive. Where can one go for plentiful of plain steamed mussels and clams, other than doing it at home?

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  1. I don't know where you are, but on Thursdays the bar at McGarvey's in Annapolis has $3 plates of mussels and it's a big pretty big plate of mussels. I will go with the Momma and we will get a couple plates and some bread and just have at it. And they go through so many that night that you don't have to worry as much about them being old.

    Brasserie Beck has some pretty good portions of mussels, as well, if you are in DC.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I forgot to mention that I'm in Northern Virginia. Occasionally I visit Annapolis, thanks for tip on McGarvey, it sounds like what I want! Also, Brasserie Beck is next block from my office!

    2. the new hip spot for this meal is Granville Moore's, 1238 H St NE. good-sized bowls of mussels in different sauces, I guess you could order plain. tasty frites too, order them with the garlic mayo. big selection of Belgian beer.
      It's a small dark bar with no TV, feels like you're in Fells Point. very cool.

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      1. re: Jamie D

        Granville Moore's is hard to find. Still looks like a deserted house (hand-lettered sign) but it's worth the effort. Terrific inside. I like the mussels better than Belga's and the double-cooked fries are great!. Try several of the sauces and pick your favorite. Excellent burger too.
        Really good selection of about 50 Belgian beers that changes constantly. The managing partner is a former brewer and knows his beers.

      2. Belga Cafe on Barraks Row. Jaleo does a nice serving for the price. Up in Olney, MD its Mannequin Pis.
        http://www.belgacafe.com/

        1. Bistrot du Coin in Dupont
          Mannequin Pis in Olney
          Either location of Jaleo (they sometimes have cockles, too)

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          1. re: debit

            I second Bistrot du Coin. I only order the mussels there. The rocquefort and the provencal are my favorites

            1. re: debit

              I recently ordered the mussels at Bistro Du Coin for the first time (I usually order the hanger steak or soup and the goat cheese salad) and I was very, very disappointed. The broth was seriously missing in flavor even though I ordered the white wine, parsley, and garlic broth which is usually filled with flavor elsewhere.

              There was an adequate amount of mussels but I came away very disappointed.

              They in no way, shape, or form compare to the incredible mussels at Brasserie Beck.

              1. re: Elyssa

                I agree Elyssa, I got mussels pistou for the first time yesterday and they were tasteless..no seafood flavor, no garlic flavor, nuthin! I think the mussels must be frozen. Would never go there again.

            2. I would definitely second the recommendation for Belga Cafe. Aside from a lovely atmosphere, and having quite a few delicious beverage offerings, they have an oven baked mussel dish which is amazing. The mussels are baked in a pot with a lovely butter garlic broth that steams them as they bake.

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              1. re: Spinning Ninny

                To follow up with a link:

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                Belga Cafe
                514 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003