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Serving leftover Crabs at Obrycki's

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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  1. 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.

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

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      1. re: Steve

        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.

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

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        1. re: hon

          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.

          1. re: hon

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

              1. re: Steve

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

                1. re: jfish

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

                  1. re: hon

                    Are these better warmed up at home or served cold?

                      1. re: hon

                        Hon,

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

                        1. re: baltoellen

                          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.

                          1. re: baltoellen

                            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.

                            1. re: jfish

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

                              1. re: hon

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

                                1. re: cfoodie

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

                                    1. re: cfoodie

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