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Good Blue Crabs & Beer in DC or VA

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I live in Alexandria. I have some company coming in from NYC this weekend who has asked to go out for Blue Crabs and Beer. I know Baltimore and Annapolis are known for this. And, I know in DC there are fish markets that will sell the crabs, but I don't think these places are actual restaurants that serve beer too. Any suggestions for any good places in Nothern VA or DC or nearby MD across the bridge from Alexandria? If there aren't any places that close, we are happy to drive to Baltimore so those recommendations would be great as well.

And, I read online that blue crab season in the area goes till October so I am hoping that's correct.

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. The Quarterdeck is probably your best option. Otherwise Captain Pell's, or head across the Wilson bridge and head down South - not too far away are a few options (I like Clarke's Landing).

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    1. re: Dennis S

      The best place for Crabs is in Annapolis@ Harris Crab House - on the other side of the bridge

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      Harris Crab House
      433 Kent Narrow Way N, Grasonville, MD 21638

    2. Quarterdeck.

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      1. re: monkeyrotica

        Thanks, I made a reservation at Quarterdeck. Is inside or outside seating better there?

        1. re: GoGators

          I prefer the inside. Easier to flag servers down for beer refills.