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Jun 7, 2011 09:14 AM

Smashing crabs with a hammer between DC and New York

My wife, 18-month-old son and I will be passing through Maryland next Tuesday afternoon on the way back to New York from DC. Because my wife has always wanted to smash crabs with a hammer, I figured stopping for lunch somewhere on the way (basically along I-95, I figure) would be a great opportunity. Any suggestions?

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  1. I love Cantler's in Annapolis - right on the water - a great place for this in nice weather. It would be quite the detour for you though... you probably don't want to go that far out of the way. Check the map and see what you think.

    1. I second the recommendation for Jimmy Cantler's. It is out of the way, but so worth it!

      1. Price's in Harve de Grace, Maryland. Cool town. Good, local crabs. Close to I-95.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions! Annapolis seems to put me about 25 minutes out of the way -- I've long wanted to see Annapolis, so that might be worth it.

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          1. re: masterofzen

            The part of Annapolis near the Statehouse and the Naval Academy is really beautiful - a great place to spend an hour walking around in nice weather - take a stroll down to the water from the Statehouse. If you decide to do this, it would be worth leaving a couple of hours early to make it happen. Go after Cantler's and hit Storm Bros. ice cream for dessert!

          2. Obrycki's on Pratt Street in Baltimore - about 5 minutes from I-95.
            This hallowed landmark of crab-dom is closing in November.
            Get 'em while you can!

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            1. re: msr3017

              Went this weekend, 15 minutes off 95 and should be tried before it closes.Great dirty crabs, fries, and beer. Next time will try Cantler's

                1. re: hon

                  After steaming with the seasoning on them, not washed just served directly from steaming pot.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    life long Baltimorian, crab eater and crab steamer - just never heard them referred to as "dirty crabs".

                    1. re: hon

                      I have always served crab directly from the steamer with seasoning on them not sure why you would need to wash them after being steamed. Maybe you should have requested no seasoning

                    2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      That's the normal way of serving steamed crabs.

                    3. re: hon

                      A "dirty crab" a.k.a. "Mudders", "Swamp Dogs" are heavy crabs. Believe it or not, blue crabs molt and slough off their shells, which is where you get the term "peelers" or "sloughers", and become soft crabs. When crabs start to harden their shells, their insides have little to no meat and are known as "papershells". Crabs get "dirty" when their shells have hardened and their insides have filled with meat, making it easier for them to hug the bottom thus getting the bottoms of their shells dirty.

                    4. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      Next time try Bill's Terrace Inn in Baltimore. But get there when they open or be prepared for a serious wait.

                      Bill's Terrace Inn
                      200 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD 21221