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