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marciamarciamarcia Aug 21, 2008 05:07 PM

Al's
obrycki
bo brooks
schultz

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    bordeauxfan RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 21, 2008 05:34 PM

    Marcia(3) -- is this related to your previously-posted "Baltimore, one meal only" on a Sunday afternoon request? If so, I don't know if all of your above list are open on Sundays.

    We Baltimoreans love our summer crabs, and we get LOTS of visiting ChowHounds asking about our local places. If you have the time please do yourself and us locals a favor and search this board for Obryckis and Bo Brooks. You'll get a fair amount of recent reviews, and with this knowledge you'll probably be able to reach your own conclusion based on your criteria.

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      marciamarciamarcia RE: bordeauxfan Aug 21, 2008 05:46 PM

      I certainly read post after post, that is how I came up with these restaurants. ( mr. bill is closed sundays) so may opinions! I was hoping to get some responses and choose the resturant that had the most positives response. I figured those fellow chowhounds who would respond o my post would be happy to help out a visitor. I do return the favor when asked for a recommendation in my own city.

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        baltoellen RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 21, 2008 08:53 PM

        here you go, and open on Sundays: http://www.costasinn.com/index.html

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          chowsearch RE: baltoellen Aug 21, 2008 10:09 PM

          she's right, costas is the real thing, schultz's is cute and good too and less industrial

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            marciamarciamarcia RE: baltoellen Aug 22, 2008 03:25 AM

            you are the best. I will be going to lexington market on sat. afternoon and costas on sunday. so little time...so much to try!

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            bbhoover RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 22, 2008 07:28 AM

            I just went to Mr. Bill's on a sunday 2 weeks ago.

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              chowsearch RE: bbhoover Aug 22, 2008 07:40 AM

              he's right, mr bill open sunday and 50% better than costas

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                baltoellen RE: chowsearch Aug 22, 2008 07:45 AM

                Plus, it's closer in town, and doesn't feel as though you're in terminal B of the Thurgood Marshall airport, which I think best describes the atmosphere at Costa's.

                Crab problem solved, yes?

                BTW, while I think Schultz's is way cute in in that nautical and knotty pine kind of way, I haven't had good crabs or crabcakes there in years. (Although when I've taken non-natives there, they've loved it, but, then again, they don't know from crabs.)

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                  hotel RE: baltoellen Aug 22, 2008 08:20 AM

                  Keep in mind Mr. Bill's doesn't open until like 5PM.

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                    marciamarciamarcia RE: baltoellen Aug 22, 2008 06:22 PM

                    i hate to ask you because you have been so kind but what about LP Steamers?

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                      jfish RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 23, 2008 04:44 AM

                      Great atmosphere but I have had some pretty bad crabs there.

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                        baltoellen RE: jfish Aug 23, 2008 05:39 AM

                        Exactly what jfish said!

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            jfish RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 22, 2008 04:58 AM

            I like the black pepper based spice at Obrycki's and have never had a bad crab there. Others on the Board report otherwise. I haven't tryed Shultzes or Costas but would go for Obryki's over Al's or Bo's.

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              hotel RE: jfish Aug 22, 2008 05:13 AM

              I was at Costa's last weekend. Amazing crabs. Much bigger than their size would have you thinking, and super fresh.

              You may want to call ahead just to find out what sizes they have available. We got there at like noon, and they only had two dozen large left, but it didn't matter because we were getting Jumbos on that day. Phenomenal.

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                crowsonguy RE: hotel Aug 24, 2008 01:21 PM

                I think Obryki's is overpriced and not very friendly. IMO Schultz's has the best seasoning (It's not Old Bay) but often a long wait, Mr Bill's has the best meaty crabs, but the seasoning is rather one dimensional. I'd still choose Mr Bill's.

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              marciamarciamarcia RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 24, 2008 05:37 PM

              thank you for all your responses. we had a great weekend. lex. market and costas, even brought some home to share with the kid at home.

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                bordeauxfan RE: marciamarciamarcia Aug 25, 2008 05:10 AM

                Good to hear it worked out well, Marcia. Thanks for reporting back!

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