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Baltimore - crabs & good eats

Headed to Baltimore for the weekend. Looking for crabs and wondering which would be a better choice LP Steamers or Nick's? Also looking for great breakfast spots. Love Blue Moon and Miss Shirley's, but always looking for new and fun places.

Will have car and can travel out of the metro area if necessary.

Thanks!

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Blue Moon Cafe
1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Miss Shirley's
750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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  1. Surprised that I haven't gotten a response on this, but my further searching as confirmed that neither Nicks or LP Steamers are good choices.

    I'm trying to bump this back up in the hopes someone will give me a few suggestions for a great weekend in a great town.

    Thanks!

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    1. re: kate used to be 50

      Canton Dockside is my go-to for crabs; good crabs and good beer selection, friendly, and you can sit near (though not on) the water.

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      Canton Dockside
      3301 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

    2. The Seathut Inn in Catonsville is good. We got mediums there last weekend (were too late for the larger size) and not a bad one one in the bunch (they gave us 14 of them). Located right off of 695 and not too far from 95.

      1. Thought I would post about our trip to Baltimore for crabs. Went to Mike's in Riva but for the first time was disappointed. They sold us larges that were really mediums, but it was a beautiful day and the eating was still good.

        Sunday at Blue Moon. Usually we go there and it is just 2 of us, so the wait is manageable. We were 4 this time and it was impossible. It came down to, "we invested this much time, we might as well keep waiting". But it really was ridiculous! Though I do love their food. Probably won't go there next time there is a game in town.

        Did drive by Canton Dockside, but because we had to wait for Blue Moon, we never got back there.

        Next time Baltimore.

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        Blue Moon Cafe
        1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

        Canton Dockside
        3301 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224

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        1. re: kate used to be 50

          I don't know why people like Blue Moon. The food is average and the service is horrible. I tried 3 times. For yummy breakfast I recommend
          Paper Moon - eclectic, no frills, consistent
          Golden West - extensive menu, they deliver on the basics.
          Cafe Hon - quick with strait forward service.

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          Golden West Cafe
          1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

          Papermoon Diner
          227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

          Blue Moon Cafe
          1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

          Cafe Hon
          1002 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

            1. re: jorvack

              I actually really love b bolton hill bistro for brunch -- though my husband grumbles that they charge too much for basic bacon and eggs. i heart their benedicts! and fresh-squeezed oj! (and mimosas)

              i used to love blue moon, but i really couldn't tell you why now. paper moon's food *is* consistent, but i find service to be spotty, likely due to their whole communal tips deal.

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              Bolton Hill Bistro
              1501 Bolton St, Baltimore, MD 21217

              1. re: mvjd

                "b" is terrific and the prices are more than justified by the beautiful space and location.

                I agree that Paper Moon's food is consistent, but not in a good way. In any event, "b" is by far the better spot on food, ambiance. service.

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                Paper Moon
                1069 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

          1. I like Costas and Bills. I know this thread is old. Capt. Trey's and Gibby's are okay, too.

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            1. re: 2000man

              I like Nick's in Cross Street Market on a Sunday lunch before the game -- they have the BEST oyster po' boys. The other restaurant called Nick's on the harbor, I really don't like -- it is over priced though the scenery is nice.