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

Terrie H. Jun 2, 2011 12:49 PM

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. woodleyparkhound RE: Terrie H. Jun 2, 2011 12:53 PM

    Cantler's in Annapolis


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      Terrie H. RE: woodleyparkhound Jun 2, 2011 12:55 PM

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

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        woodleyparkhound RE: Terrie H. Jun 2, 2011 12:58 PM

        I've never had anything but crabs there.

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        agarnett100 RE: woodleyparkhound Jun 2, 2011 12:55 PM

        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

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        bordeauxfan RE: Terrie H. Jun 2, 2011 04:29 PM

        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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          crackers RE: bordeauxfan Jun 2, 2011 07:59 PM

          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.

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          Ziv RE: Terrie H. Jun 3, 2011 06:41 PM

          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.

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