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Best affordable seafood with a view within an hour of DC?

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My 75-yr-old aunt wants to take a little road trip to enjoy some crab cakes or soft shells tomorrow. I'm hoping you all can give some good suggestions - anywhere from Chesapeake Beach to Kent Narrows. We apparently need to be eating with a water view, but I want great food!

Thank you!

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  1. Cantler's in Annapolis

    http://www.cantlers.com/

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      I have loved them for crab picking, but have never ordered off the menu -- what would you suggest?

      1. re: Terrie H.

        I've never had anything but crabs there.

      2. re: woodleyparkhound

        Cantler's in Annapolis
        or Harris Crab House in Grasonville, MD

        Make sure your over the bridge or in Annapolis before 3pm rush hour and beach traffic tomorrow will be a bear

      3. I highly recommend the Narrows at Kent Narrows. I think much better than the other places for crab cakes and soft shells, rather than hard crabs. And they have a glassed in porch that juts out over the narrows.

        Also, you could do a late lunch before 2 or 3pm, and probably get over the Bay Bridge without too much difficulty.

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        1. re: bordeauxfan

          A strong second for bordeauxfan's suggestion of The Narrows. Excellent crab gazpacho if it is on the specials menu. And the clams casino, and fried oysters are great too.

        2. I kind of liked Suicide Bridge, south east of Easton. It isn't great seafood, but it is pretty good, and the upper room is kind of nice. I haven't seen a lot of really good eastern shore seafood in the past 10 years. Unless you go to Black Salt, you have to accept that seafood isn't going to be as good as it was 20 years ago in the DC area. And if you go to Black Salt it will be better but different from what you remember.