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where to buy live crab near DC?

nerdigrrl Aug 19, 2009 07:02 PM

Coming to visit friends Labor Day weekend and want to cook them dinner.
Where can we buy live crabs (especially directly from boat) near DC and/or Silver Springs, MD?

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    Chownut RE: nerdigrrl Aug 19, 2009 08:06 PM

    The wharf at the SW waterfront....off Maine Ave.


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      MakingSense RE: Chownut Aug 19, 2009 08:34 PM

      I'm sure you know this, Chownut, but the OP may not.
      None of those boats at Maine Avenue has left the dock in - what? - decades? If at all since they pulled up there. The crabs and other seafood is trucked in.
      The boats do provide a nice ambiance though, don't they?

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        Chownut RE: MakingSense Aug 19, 2009 08:48 PM

        Those are barges for the most part.

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          prldecivic RE: MakingSense Aug 20, 2009 06:23 AM

          i did not know that. Sad part is its still probably the freshes seafood we can get in the area.

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            Chownut RE: prldecivic Aug 20, 2009 05:50 PM

            Crabs are fine there. They sell the alive and kicking. Doesn't matter if they're off the truck.

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          torontopaul RE: Chownut Jan 26, 2012 08:32 AM


          where can i buy crabs that I can bring back with me on a plane to Toronto? I have a few more days in the DC area and would like to get them soon.

          any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatly apreciated!


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            agarnett100 RE: torontopaul Jan 26, 2012 08:58 AM

            You can purchase live blue crabs from Captain White's at the Maine Ave Wharf - they will steam them for free - let them cool off - put them in zip lock, freeze them, place them securely in a cooler with about 4lbs of ice. You can purchase a 1/2 bushel of med size mixed for about $35 currently.


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              dining with doc RE: agarnett100 Jan 26, 2012 09:57 AM

              OP aug 2009

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                hon RE: dining with doc Jan 26, 2012 10:20 AM


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          DC_eats RE: nerdigrrl Feb 4, 2012 04:15 PM

          If you don't want to trek down to DC, Camron's off 16th and East West Highway in SS usually has good kickin' crabs for reasonable prices. They will also steam them as well with their goodness seasoning.

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            agarnett100 RE: DC_eats Feb 5, 2012 09:36 AM

            You can also try Shoreline in Crofton

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