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Jul 27, 2010 05:12 PM

Where can I fid the best and largest live blue crabs in Tidewater...??

Tidewater hounds,

This is Evil Ronnie from the Chicagoland board. We're coming home next week and I need my crab fix! I heard from my brother in law that D & M Marina off of Independence Rd. in Va. Beach has been closed for some time. They always had the really huge ones, and always of very good quality (as well as being very expensive, of course).

I'm guessing that the place in Norfolk on Chesapeake Blvd. near 26th St. might be able to get some, but D & M always had the monster size. I realize that for the largest, I'm looking at upwards of $200 a bushel.

Thanks, and I look forward you your suggestions,


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  1. Ronnie, I do think the best place you're gonna find is George's Seafood, that place on Chesapeake Blvd and 26th St. in Norfolk. I really connot think of any other place that would have them unless you want to drive to pungo for something out of the back of a truck. George's Seafood does service a lot of the area restaurants with fresh fish and crabs, they have grown a lot since you were last here.

    Happy Hunting,
    Chef Steve

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    1. re: chefsteveo

      Steve, I appreciate the quick reply. I actually checked out George's when I visited back in March. Pretty impressive...line caught striped bass, shad and it's roe, fresh crabmeat...etc...and the usual spot, croaker and all. I'm a private club chef in Chicago, and fresh blue crab does not exist here. Where are you a chef at?


      1. re: Evil Ronnie

        Freemason Abbey in Downtown, I do a few side gigs as a personal chef when the time allows but the time doesn't allow a whole lot right now. If you get a chance come by the restaurant, I would enjoy picking your brain about the food scene in Chicago.

        Freemason Abbey Restaurant
        209 W Freemason St, Norfolk, VA 23510

        1. re: chefsteveo


          Great! I will try to drop by and say hi. A few comments and questions...I've enjoyed fried seafood at Chick's Oyster Bar and also at one of the Surf Rider branches by the boats on Shore Drive (can't say that I think much of Surf Rider acclaimed crabcake. Pretty poor actually! I also very much enjoy Jade Villa on Independence for dim sum and late night Chinese,,,especially the fried garlic spareribs, as well as Tony's Hot Dogs on Newtown (I recently discovered that this one is superior to his brother's place on 26th near George's Seafood.

          Capt. Georges Seafood buffet in Va. Beach is a waste of calories and money. Better to go to Long John Silvers.

          Any other places that I should be looking for other than Donut Dinette for a scrapple and egg sandwich? (I attended Blair Jr. High across the street back in the early 60's.)

          How about that tiny BBQ place on Little Creek Rd or any other suggestions? Is there a good menudo? I ask because I see a few scattered taquerias here and there.


          Evil Ronnie

          Chick's Oyster Bar
          2143 Vista Cir, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

          Jade Villa
          353 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

          Surf Rider
          550 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

          Tony's Hot Dogs
          412 Newtown Rd Ste D, Virginia Beach, VA 23462