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Apr 8, 2010 08:55 AM

Crab Legs in Portland Area-south?

Hi There! I am a Boston-Area CH-er and I am looking to get up to the coast and enjoy some crab legs, the type of place that lays out a piece of paper on the table and gives you a mallet to go crazy with...willing to travel up to the Portland area....anything up there that fits the bill? Thank you for your help!

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  1. You're thinking of all those rustic Chesapeake Bay places, I'll wager (love those dives!), but I can't recall anywhere that includes a mallet with a meal. If crab is offered, it's probably pre-cracked or served with a lobster cracker.


    Dry Dock - Gilberts - Sea Grille - Porthole - J's Oyster --- they are all within a block of each other on Commercial Street in the Old Port section of town

    J's Oyster
    5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

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    1. re: johnnydj

      hey johnny I do not think any of these will have what the poster desires,at least 100 miles south, but Browne Trading in the neighborhood has some great peekytoe for the lazy manaka rico

      Browne Trading
      260 Commercial St, Portland, ME

      1. re: LeRique

        I think you're right on the cracked crab - cuz I don't think anyone does it - maybe J's - but one can get some old port atmosphere in spades at those places

    2. Not much crab up hee-ah. Try lobstah!

      1. There's a lot of crab in Portland but not in the form that you are looking for. Mostly it's available as crab rolls or in other cooked crab dishes. During the summer, Portland Lobster Pound, directly behind Becky's Diner, usually has live crab. It's cheap and really good. I much prefer it over lobster.

        Becky's Diner
        390 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

        Lobster Pound
        569 White Mountain Hwy, Milton, NH 03851

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