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HELP! last minute trip to Baltimore tonight for dinner - looking for NON TOURISTY place for crabcakes AND steamed crabs

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Hi
We are on our way down to VA and decided we would detour and have dinner in Baltimore tonight. We are in search of a CHOW worthy place that serves both good crab cakes and whole crabs. Preferrably with good atmosphere ( potentially outdoor seating)
We DO NOT want a touristy place and are willing to go to outer neighborhoods for the "real deal" normally I would do my research on the boards but as i mentioned we are leaving in an hour or 2 and need recommendations quick!!
PS: price is not an issue
Thanks all so much for your help
-Fellow hound in NJ

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  1. #1 I don't think you wanna sit outside tonight, it's gonna be either muggy and hot, or wet (thunderstorms)
    I would suggest COSTAS on North Point Blvd. not far off of the beltway(#695 S.E. end towartd Key Bridge) COSTAS has good crabs and a reliable menu(crabcakes etc)
    I wouild normally suggest Mr Bills on Eastern Blvd. the crabs are first rate but the rest of the menu is iffy.
    http://www.costasinn.com/maryland_cra...

    1. I'd recommend two places:
      L.P. Steamers: http://www.lpsteamers.com/index.html
      and
      Nick's Fish House http://nicksfishhouse.com/

      Both have good steamed crabs. I haven't had crab cakes at either place, but I know they sell them, and I've had some good crab dishes at Nick's. Both are as non-touristy as you can get -- especially L.P. Steamers.

      1. Gunnings or G&M, while not in Baltimore, are good choices. And as somebody else mentioned, tonight is not a good night for outdoor eating.

        G&M
        804 North Hammonds Ferry Road Linthicum, MD 21090
        Gunnings
        http://www.gunningsonline.com/

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        1. re: bigterp1

          G & M does not sell crabs and their crab cakes use crabmeat imported from the orient and not even blue crab...not good. Gunnings however is right off 95 near BWI off of route 100
          and has good crabs and good food.

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          G & M
          804 N Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

          1. re: dining with doc

            Ah, yes. I tend to get the two confused since I don't go to either enough. I have had good crab cakes at G&M though. But Gunnings is a better place.

        2. Schultz's Crab House in Essex is the place you want to be.

          Search this board for LP Steamers and G&M. To say that they are controversial is being polite.

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          1. re: baltoellen

            What Baltoellen said!

            1. re: hon

              Thanks to all of you for your timely responses. We ended up at Nick's on Thursday night and couldnt have been happier...didnt make it in time for the crabs (they stop those at 9 pm) but we did have some very delicious food in a fantastic setting, the crab cake sandwich was "out of this world", the service was great and the atmosphere on the deck was just what we were looking for :)
              The next day we did LP Steamers for dinner and I have to say we were dissapointed. The crabs were good ( 50 for a doz) but the service although incredibly friendly was painfully slow and inefficient.
              Over all we got our crab fix (in many different forms!) and are really appreciate all of your recommendations

            2. re: baltoellen

              I agree. Schultz's is the real deal.