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tdmort Apr 24, 2010 04:21 PM

DH and I along with two good friends will be visiting DC this fall. While our friends aren't quite the foodies that we are...3 of the 4 of us are seafood lovers. Please forgive my ignorance, but where can we go for good seafood? It doesn't have to be fancy, in fact some good crab leg crackin joint sounds like a fun night. We won't have a car but don't mind traveling a bit on the metro if it's worth it. Should we head towards MD? Thanks for your help!!

  1. ktmoomau Apr 25, 2010 03:45 PM

    Blacksalt is good, but not a crab eating place, and you will need to cab to it. For crabs you might try the Quaretdeck in Arlington (will need a cab too).

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      repete Apr 25, 2010 05:06 PM

      For the best crab places, MD has the best options, but you'd need a car. My suggestion: grab a 1-day rental at Union Station or National Airport and make a stop in historic Annapolis, then Cantlers.

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        Doh Apr 25, 2010 05:18 PM

        Bethesda Crabhouse is metro-accessible and was pretty good last I visited.

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          khmaiya103 Apr 25, 2010 06:04 PM

          The fisherman's warf by the southwest waterfront is a great place for seafood. There's no indoor seating and outdoor seating is a bit limited. It may be a bit cold depending on how late into the season you go, but it's worth the visit. You can by steamed crabs by the dozen directly from fishermen along with fresh fish, shrimp, endless sides and desserts. Definately try a FREE dessert sample from Jessie's #1. You can get there easily on the metro (L'enfant plaza metro or Smithsonian).

          If you're looking for a dine in spot, I would reccomend any of the Passion Foods restaurants- Acadiana (New Orleans cuisine), DC Coast (seafood), TenPenh (Asian), Ceiba (Latin)- They also own PassionFish in Reston, VA which I have not been to yet. All the DC ones are metro accessible/ in or near downtown areas.

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          DC Coast Restaurant
          1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          Acadiana
          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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            tdmort May 1, 2010 12:28 PM

            Bethesda Crabhouse looks like it will fit the bill. I will look into some of the other metro-accessable suggestions as well. Many thanks!

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              mdfoodlover May 1, 2010 04:35 PM

              Best dine real soon if you want crabs. The local demand is so large for Chesapeake Bay crabs, a large number of local spots are actually serving Louisiana crabs, regardless of what their menus state about their crab source.

              Prices are likely to sky rocket within days as the oil spill reaches shore & the country wide supply lags.

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                tdmort May 2, 2010 02:40 PM

                I hadn't even thought about the oil spill and what it would do to prices. I was reading that the crab season usually runs through October. We won't be in DC until early September. Bummer.

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