Old Bay Steamed Crabs
I did a search and there's alot of opinions about the best steamed crabs restaurants in Baltimore. I went to some place last year that was good, yet the place used some custom seasoning for its steamed crabs. I grew up in Baltimore eating bushels of various fresh, Old Bay steamed crabs on various picnic tables around Maryland, yet have no idea where we got them...
Can someone please tell me the best place in and around Baltimore to sit down and eat the Old Bay steamed crabs of my childhood? Just to be clear we want to eat at the restaurant - not take a bushel or 10 to go.
Thanks for any assistance!
Thanks to the suggestion of Chowhounders, we went to Chris's Seafood in Canton this weekend to pickup crabs. They were some of the best we've had! The place is just a corner takeout joint in the neighborhood, but the crabs were heavy and well-seasoned-- a combo of Old Bay and rock salt.
We had also eaten at Obryki's over the weekend and the crabs were good-- we're like they're unique take on the seasoning, but overall they were more expensive, smaller, and lighter than what Chris's had to offer.
We also stopped at the Captain James Landing to check it out. I thought the prices were super high and the crabs small, but the deck is a nice spot and I guess you are paying for the ambiance.
Captain James Landing
2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231
We went to Nicks during hurricane Irene and the crabs may have been re-heated. My Dad only ordered 6 so it's possible that anything under a dozen doesnt get the full attention of the staff. The meat wasnt juicy yet more slimy and squishy on some crabs and others were dry - the claw meat was hard to remove. My experience has always been that with freshly steamed medium crabs or larger, the meat is really easy to get at and it has a soft, moist consistency. I'm going to push for Bill's next time we're in town. Thanks for all the input!