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Baltimore: Cream of Crab soup

I have no idea why, but I have been craving this soup for the last two weeks, and have no clue where to get the best bowl of it. (And it's not like I can taste every seafood shack I pass -- my wallet and my arteries would never forgive me.) Ideally, I'd like a place in Baltimore City where I can grab a bowl at lunchtime, but if you have a killer recommendation I'd love to hear it, even if it's in the county or only available at dinner.

Lumps of crabmeat are a must, and for my personal taste it's best if the soup isn't thick enough for the spoon to stand up, but I'd settle for anything at this point. Anyone have suggestions?

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  1. I have never had it there but I would think they have it at Mamas on the Half Shell in Canton, I would think it would be good based on the other soups I have had there.
    I used to always get it at the Ocean Pride back in my "younger days" but that stuff was the consistancy of pudding.

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    1. re: hon

      Y'know, I've never checked Mama's because it would seem a pity to not eat their seafood chowder if I'm ordering a soup.

      Is the pudding thing the way it's supposed to be? I always assumed it was a bad sign....

      1. re: matt8313

        It's not supposed to be pudding-y, when I was 23 thats what I liked, crab pudding we called it. Now that just seems gross.
        Mmm, the seafood chowder at Mamas is very good!

        1. re: hon

          Mama's chowder is very good indeed! one of my favorites for a cozy bowl.
          My favorite on the fancier side of life is at Gertrude's, it's served with a side or sherry to stir in or sip and it has lovely large chunks of crab. yumm on a rainy day like today cram of crab just sounds delish!

          1. re: poached

            I second Gertrude's- it's my favorite cream of crab and they really do not skimp on the lump crab meat.

    2. my favorite cream of crab soup hands down is the Sunset restaurant in Glen Burnie. It's kind of a bizarre restaurant but good cream of crab. They give you a little decanter of sherry to drizzle on the soup on it's soooo good. The rest of the food is fine. nothing spectacular. but they do have a great strawberry shortcake too.

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      1. re: amaebi

        My husband loves the crab soup at Sunset - I find it too thick but I give them props for the sherry on the side.

        My choice is Bo Brooks on Boston Street in Canton for its to-die-for buttery taste.

        1. re: Denise

          I absolutely agree with Bo Brooks...it's the best I have ever had! Also good, but not a restaurant...Cream of crab at Conrad's Crabs on Joppa Road.

          1. re: crosby_p

            Conrad's was one of the ones I tried when this craving kicked in, and I found it a bit on the pudding side of things. Maybe it had just been sitting for awhile that day.

            1. re: matt8313

              you are right...I thin it out a bit with sherry, but most times It's been good....Also try Hales on Taylor and Oakleigh!

      2. I dream about the cream of crab at Bluestone in Timonium (Aylesbury Road). Incredibly flavorful and just rich enough without being over the top. It's a good thing I live nearby because I have to have it at least once a week.

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        1. re: Anna323

          I've literally eaten cream of crab soup over the entire state of Maryland for the past twenty five to thirty years. I also make it with the best recipe coming from Southern Living in the early '80's and Steamboat Landing in Galesville (different owners, different soup today). The best is a tie between Jerry's in Seabrook in the Prince Georges county suburbs of D. C. and the Narrows on Kent Island. Suicide Bridge outside of Cambridge in Hurlock is also excellent, made even more so by the souffle cup of dry sherry that they serve along side of the lump crab topped bowl. I should note that cream of crab at this level is not cheap: we're talking seven or eight dollars for a cup and more for a bowl. Still, to a great extent you get what you pay for and Chesapeake Bay lump crab is expensive.

          1. re: Joe H

            I'm a displaced MD'er....care to share the recipes? Cannot find decent Cream of Crab in Florida. : (

            TIA!

            1. re: winechic

              The Lobster Pot in Reddington Shores has superb lobster bisque for what it's worth.

              This is Jerry's cream of crab soup and you can buy it directly from them to have it shipped overnight: https://jerrysseafood.bachcsi.com/pro...

            2. re: Joe H

              Suicide Bridge restaurant is the bomb. Love the boat tours too.

            3. re: Anna323

              Bluestone took it off the menu as of last week. I tried to order it today and was informed of the sad news.

              1. re: Anna323

                I went to Bluestone yesterday for the cream of crab soup and was disappointed to learn they had taken it off the menu four days ago.

              2. I'm not a local, but the last time I was in Baltimore, albeit a couple of years ago, I had some phenomenal cream of crap soup at Pisces in the Hyatt Regency on Light Street. It wasn't at all pudding-y. The rest of the meal was pretty forgettable there, but I could have eaten an entire stock pot full of that soup. It was delish!

                1. Ahhh...I *love* cream of crab soup. My criteria are: silky-smooth texture that isn't gravy-thick (no gelatinous or blobby soup, please!), delicately flavored with a bit of sherry, and plenty of lump crab.

                  I've had a lot of cream of crab in the area, and my two favorites are rather surprising, as they aren't thought of as purely seafood places.

                  My absolute favorite: Peppermill in Lutherville! Consistenly great (I wouldn't recommend ordering it at the very very end of the day, but that goes without saying).

                  I've also had wonderful cream of crab at Fazzini's in Cockeysville! It was a special, however, and not I believe a regular menu offering - so I only had it the once. But it was great.