Chowhound Help: A taste of Maryland in Center City?
Hi all! Brand new to the chow boards here, but hoping you can help. I'm looking for a place with great blue claw crabs, Old Bay style, in the downtown Philly area. Someplace good for groups, where you can lay out a bunch of crabs on a table covered in brown paper (very Chesapeake Bay-ish.)
Any thoughts? I've only seen DiNardo's, and I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on that one, too...
I'm sure this isn't exactly what you're looking for, but the Oyster House (1500 block of Sansom) has a Tuesday night deal:
TUESDAY NIGHT CRAB FEASTS
3 Jumbo Hardshell Blue Crabs $19
All you can Eat $30 (6-9pm only)
slaw and corn on the cobb
TUESDAY NIGHTS in Sept & Oct 5-11pm
The closest thing is DeNardo's, it's ok but definitely not great. No paper on the table. You aren't going to find what you want in Philly, though I would love to be proven wrong. The owners of Jolly's are opening a place that is supposed to be this style somewhere on Oregon Ave (not close to CC), but it's not open yet.
If I were you I wouldn't bother looking for this and go somewhere good.
It's only an hour or so to Elkton / NorthEast. If you're looking for that, go to the source. Bring them a cheese steak.