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May 4, 2011 08:50 PM

Crabs in Delaware: Wiso's or Kathy's?

We're going to be in the Wilmington area to see friends, and we want to indulge in this rare (for us) treat. Just want the basic steamed crabs, with the spices. Which one of these is better? Or is there a 3rd choice?

What's the difference, other than size, between the females and the male crabs? Thanks.

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  1. Please see the other crabs in Wilmington thread started a few hours before yours...

      1. The other thread is a slightly different topic, and the only place recommended is in Pennsylvania! (In mushroom country!)

        I would appreciate any input on the 2 places mentioned above, and how they compare. Also the difference between female & male crabs. Thanks.

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        1. re: menton1

          Neither of these places is in Wilmington...unless I am missing something.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            That is correct. If you are going to drive 30 minutes from Wilmington to Delaware City, you could also drive 40 minutes to Toughkenamon.

            I have not been to Wiso's so cannot compare them with Kathy's (mentioned on the other thread) or Crabby Dick's (also mentioned on the other thread).


            Crabby Dick's
            30 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

            1. re: travelmad478

              Don't think its 40 minutes to the Avondale/Toughkenamon place from Wilmington.

              1. re: sal_acid

                Actually it's probably more like 25-30, you're right. Closer than Delaware City. Not sure what the OP's issue with that is.

          2. re: menton1

            If you're talking about how to tell the dfference just turn the critter over on its back. If the apron area (the area you would normally tie an apron) looks like a triangle you've got a female - if it looks like the Wahington monument it's a male. Pretty obvious. Some folks think the females are sweeter but I can't tell the difference.

          3. I would like to eat crabs on the seashore, not in mushroom country inland. Just a quirk, I suppose.

            I would also appreciate if anyone knows the difference between female and male crabs. (The places in Delaware City make the distinction, but the place near Kennett Square does not!)

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            1. re: menton1

              Wilmington is hardly the seashore! Neither is Delaware City, being located on the Delaware River right across from NJ. Since the crabs will be coming from 800 miles away anyway, I didn't think it would be such an issue where you eat them.

              Eight hours ago, I posted a link for you on the male/female crab distinction.