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Please help ID this seafood market/crab shack near Annapolis

In 2002-2003 I went on two occaisions to a small seafood market/crab shack on a bay or river outside downtown Annapolis. You arrive by driving and parking on mostly quiet, residential streets; the place has no parking lot. The principal business there seemed to be the retail, with seafood displayed in refridgerated cases, as if the cooked crabs were an afterthought. Minimal signage. There were only a few tables outside near docks and overlooking a bay or river. They served tremendous crabs on paper there, and maybe some soup or hush puppies on the side.

I have googled and searched this board to no avail. Mike's or Cantler's locations look right on a map, but photos proved these places are much too large and dining oriented than the place I am seeking. This query is driving me crazy, please help!

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  1. I have lived in Annapolis for 10 years. I have no idea what you could be referring to. You do realize Annapolis is surrounded on all sides by water, correct? So saying it's near a river or the bay doesn't help a whole lot. Can you at least point to a road, a direction, a landmark of some sort?

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    1. re: naptownlady

      I wish I could provide more information on the location. I can only remember mental images of the place, not street names or anything. It wasn't more than 20 minutes' drive from the touristed core of Annapolis, but it was a very different atmosphere.

      I read accounts of Cantler's online which seem similar to the place I went in terms of mostly residential locale, many people having trouble finding it, etc. However, Cantler's is now apparently a full-blown restaurant with a dining room. The place I went was a seafood retailer first, and a crab shack second, with like 4-6 picnic tables outside. Did Cantler's undergo massive expansion since 2003?

    2. Could it be the Annapolis Seafood Market, which has several locations in the area?


      1. Could it have been on Kent Narrows which is about 20 minutes from Annapolis, like maybe this place:


          1. re: nosey

            I agree it's probably the Magothy Seafood Crab Deck & Tiki Bar in Arnold, on the south shore of the Magothy. That's about 20 minutes away from downtown Annapolis.

            1. re: bordeauxfan

              Except crabs aren't an after though there and there are plenty of tables outside not a few. I can't figure out what this place is!

          2. Sounds like Augie's on Miller Island but that's Baltimore City.

            1. Could it be the late great McNasby's of Eastport? I believe it shut down before 2002 although everything else kinda fits.

              1. That is definitely McNasby's - now the home of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. It was BYOB and very low key, mostly retail, beautiful view of the Bay, the Bay Bridge and Back creek. It was closed down after Hurricane Isabel (or Tropical Storm Surge Isabel) brought over 7' of water into it, destroying pretty much everything inside. No flood insurance and massive damage to the building spelled the end of the restaurant. It was a city owned building however, and a historical landmark, so the City and museum have worked together to rebuild the building and it will be a pretty cool museum. Not as cool as the restaurant was, but I am slightly biased, as I was a manager there at the end. Visit www.annapolismaritimemuseum.org to see pics and find out for sure. 725 Second St was the address. We've been lobbying the Museum to find a seafood vendor to set up a crab truck outside during the summer and let people eat crabs on the deck like old times, who knows if that will happen!

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                1. re: mdsailor403

                  I am pretty confident you have located it. Isabel hit Maryland as a tropical storm on Sept. 19, 2003. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_....

                  This was definitely after my last visit there. What a great place; sad to learn of its fate. Thanks to all for your diligent efforts at jogging my memory, and helping me retain my sanity.