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Serving leftover Crabs at Obrycki's

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cfoodie Jun 21, 2009 08:32 PM

Went to Obrycki's for lunch past weekend. Besides the poor service, we were prompted by the waitress to start with a dozen medium crabs with no other sizes available. When the crabs came out, they were cold, with slight amount of wet spices scattered over (not the mound of dry spices over the shell). When I cracked them open, the meat was shriveled (jerky) dry on the claws and legs, and the belly meat was a bit smelly. It looks, tastes and feels like crabs from the day before (especially showing up at luch time). Obviously, I had to get them to replace with fresh ones which were entirely different.

Knowing that they don't do this at steak houses,or even McDonalds, I would like to know is serving leftover crabs from the day before typical in crab houses?

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    chowsearch Jun 21, 2009 10:35 PM

    Sadly, a couple of places are known for this sort of reheated crab customer abuse. That's why the advice when you asked was other places, like Mr. Bill's: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618790

    The recognized method is live crabs (from far away when local is not available, but live), steamed after the order is placed or as continual batches when customer demand is definite...which is always dinnertime. Mr. Bill's may do crabs early, I think 4 on weekends, it may be different at Cantler's in Annapolis or Harris on the other side of the Bay, but in Baltimore, if you want good crabs, it's at dinnertime.

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      Steve Jun 22, 2009 05:18 AM

      How long did you have to wait for the crabs to come out?

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        cfoodie Jun 22, 2009 02:24 PM

        The cold crabs came out in about 10 minutes, the warm ones much longer...guess they realized they had to actually cook live crabs for change.

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        hon Jun 22, 2009 05:58 AM

        I have found that lunchtime crabs are usually reheated crabs from the day before.

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          jfish Jun 22, 2009 10:09 AM

          Too bad. I'd rather have cold than reheated. I have had crabs from Obryki's about twice a year (dinnertime) for the last five years with all positive experiences. I think Hon has reported otherwise.

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            Steve Jun 22, 2009 10:39 AM

            Do they at least charge half-price or something like that?

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              hon Jun 22, 2009 11:04 AM

              Nope!

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                jfish Jun 22, 2009 11:34 AM

                Conrad's on Joppa, and others, sell cold carryout crabs at discount prices. A good deal in my opinion. Don't tell anyone.

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                  hon Jun 22, 2009 12:30 PM

                  I get $1 cold crabs from Conrad's all the time and the discounted larger cold crabs.

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                    chowsearch Jun 22, 2009 01:14 PM

                    Are these better warmed up at home or served cold?

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                      hon Jun 22, 2009 01:52 PM

                      cold, I never reheat crabs.

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                        jfish Jun 22, 2009 01:58 PM

                        Cold is fine.

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                        baltoellen Jun 23, 2009 09:18 AM

                        Hon,

                        Does Conrad's have cold crabs for $1 all the time, or only on special days?

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                          hon Jun 23, 2009 09:31 AM

                          They seem to have cold crabs all the time, the week before they had a special buy a dozen cold crabs, get a half dozen free. Tuesday night is $1 steamed to order crab night, you have to call in and reserve crabs. The $1 crabs range from large light ones, to ones who are small and heavy to a few with damaged shells. They are usually always tasty, I love their seasoning, has a real kick to it.

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                            jfish Jun 23, 2009 09:49 AM

                            Saturday they $1 light or small, $2 medium, $3 large to extra large cold crabs. I had a dozen at $3. The largest $36 dozen I've had in many years.

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                              hon Jun 23, 2009 01:32 PM

                              It's my favorite carry-out crab place and just nice people.

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                                cfoodie Jun 23, 2009 07:54 PM

                                Cold crabs for that price. That's more like it.

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                                  chowsearch Jun 24, 2009 10:20 AM

                                  cfoodie, come up here later in the summer to mr. bill's.

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                                    cfoodie Jun 29, 2009 06:36 PM

                                    Let me know when you are going!

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                                      chowsearch Jun 29, 2009 11:23 PM

                                      Crabs will be more likely to be local later in the summer and early fall.

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