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Aug 10, 2011 07:38 AM

Crabs and crab cakes

Does any one have recommendations for a restaurant that serves good crabs and crab cakes? We have 2 tweens and we'll be spending the day at the Aquarium so something nearby and casual would be great. We do have a car so driving is also a possibility.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Downtown Obrycki's: sadly this is the final year for this iconic Baltimore institution
    If driving south: Gunnings near bwi off 95 on route 100
    if driving north: Costa's in Essex
    If driving east: Cantler's near Annapolis
    If driving west: Crossroads in Dayton, MD or Reiter's in Reisterstown, MD

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    1. re: dining with doc

      Doc, I agree on most of your restaurants in general. Just to add, Waterman's in Rock Hall is best crab house in Maryland. Also, Kentmoor in Stevensville is good for crabs and soup. They do a half cream of crab and half vegetable crab that is memorable. Deep Creek in Arnold is great for soup and crab cakes. They can be pan seared which I prefer to fried or broiled.

    2. Best crab cakes anywhere are not far from Aquarium/Inner Harbor area--Faidley's in the Lexington Market. They don't sell crabs, but the crab cakes alone (get the jumbo lump only) are worth the trip.

      Lexington Market
      400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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      1. re: helmswoman

        They do sell steamed crabs, but you eat them at stand up tables and they only steam once or twice a day so call them to see when they'll not be cold.

        1. re: helmswoman

          I find Faidley's crab cakes to be OK but not mind-boggling. I'm also not keen on their being laid out on that slab of theirs, open to the air and to the market, cold blobs of stuff, which they bop into a styrofoam box or onto a styrofoam plate that they then zap in the microwave. (Yes, the jumbo lump cakes; and in my experience)