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Jun 15, 2008 06:06 AM

Best all you can eat or by doz. crabhouses in MD/VA?

Would appreciate your favorites by quality, price...

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  1. I have always enjoyed the QuarterDeck in Arlington.

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    1. re: rappel75

      Another vote for the Quarterdeck.

      1. re: Steve

        Good crabs are expensive. AYCE crabs are usually smal or icky. Most steamed crabs are from far away these days, now that Frank and Jim Perdue, Beth Steel, Allied Chemical et al have had their way with the bay, but the closer you get to it the more people value the good ones. Around Annapolis, people will point you to Cantler's, but it's hard to find, crowded, and the non-crab food is so lame. Near Baltimore, Mr. Bill's and Costas are the real thing. Over the Bay Bridge, Harris and a dozen others are the real thing too. But keep in mind if you're not paying $3-6 each, you're getting second class denizens.

    2. The best crabhouses are all 1 to 1-1/2 hours from downtown DC. My top choice is Drift Inn: large, meaty, heavy, and right on the water. All the other seafood there is good as well. Worth the trip. Drift Inn is open May-Oct. ,Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun.

      I also like Sandgates and Cap't Billy's.

      Adresses, phone for the above and many more:

      1. I want to put in a word for something called Seafood In The Buff on Georgia Avenue above Wheaton. You can get crabs to eat in or eat out by the half dozn, dozen, or whatever. The clientele is quite Hispanic but it is an interesting alternative to a long drive to Southern Maryland. Here is the menu:

        1. It's a bit of drive butI I always looked forward to cold beer and a bushel of crabs on the way back from the beach on the bayside deck at Harris's. going west from the beach it's on the right side of the Kent Narrows bridge