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Recommend a Maryland crab house near Annapolis?

pnichols Jun 23, 2012 02:23 PM

I'm renting a house near Annapolis with a group of friends visiting from the UK in August. When I was a kid, I remember going to an all-you-can eat crab house in Maryland where I gorged myself on crabs, and it being extremely awesome. I was hoping someone on the boards could recommend a really great place in this category. Thanks in advance.

  1. z
    Zagut Jun 24, 2012 12:10 PM

    Do yourself a favor and stay away from Cantlers. If you want Hip & Trendy it's the place to go but if you want crabs in an atmosphere that's a more realistic Maryland crab feast find a more home spun location. Cantlers is okay for crabs but if you want anything else they are lacking. Run of the mill food not worth the price. I've been around Cantlers since Capt. Lou was around. It was a real dive back then but it also had atmosphere. Now it's just "The place to go". I don't know what you call close to Annapolis but you might give Abner's a try. It's about 26 miles south of Annapolis in Chesapeake Beach but it's a much better atmosphere in my opinion.

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    1. re: Zagut
      dining with doc Jun 25, 2012 12:47 PM

      clearly would not call Cantlers hip and it is definitely a prototypical Maryland Crab House where you eat on brown paper on tables. Steamed clams, fried clams, steamed shrimp and crab soup were all good in addition to steamed crabs when I was there about 4 weeks ago

      1. re: dining with doc
        FriedClamFanatic Jun 25, 2012 05:23 PM

        ok..my ears picked up on the "fried clams".....would these be clam strips or clams with bellies?

        1. re: FriedClamFanatic
          comegetit Jun 26, 2012 01:02 PM

          Windows on the Bay???? can anyone confirm it is still open. If so, perfect Maryland at is degenerate finest. You can even take your boat.

          Crab dip, was unbelievable...

          1. re: FriedClamFanatic
            dining with doc Jun 26, 2012 05:30 PM

            I think it was strips but good and fresh

          2. re: dining with doc
            Zagut Jun 27, 2012 01:06 PM

            Hip depends on the age bracket your dealing with.
            And maybe it wasn't the correct term. But trendy is where Cantler's stands.
            Yes it's a place to get crabs but I just don't enjoy the place. That could be because I remember it from before it became the place for all the folks who wanted to be seen started to go there. We're talking 40 years here.
            I liked it as a dive and thought that what they had to offer was better then what they offer now. I haven't been in years so I guess I should go back and see what it's become.
            It's just hard for me to believe it's nothing more then the D.C. Yachting crew who've taken there toll on the Annapolis of my youth.
            Wonder bread sammy's and processed glop that I received in the past is not what I want from a Crab House that's supposed to be good.
            I'd like the real homemade food they served 40 years ago. Is it really to much to ask for fresh produce rather then frozen? Shouldn't what you pay top dollar for be fresh rather then processed stuff from a can or freezer pack?
            The last time I went was towards closing time and I watched them draining the dregs from the ketchup bottles into one bottle. But then again what are funnels for?
            I just wanted to suggest to the OP that looking for a more customer friendly crab house might be in there interest rather then going to the place that all the "In the know" folks tell them about

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          FriedClamFanatic Jun 23, 2012 03:04 PM

          Since you'll be there for a month.a visit to St. Michaels with the Crabhouse that is right on the water next to the Maritime Museum is a definite "goody".my UK friends loved it. And Some of the other restaurants in the area.both near the water and on the main road..are wonderful

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            dining with doc Jun 23, 2012 02:36 PM

            Obvious choice is Jimmy Cantler's
            Alternative if you have a car is to head east on route 50 crossing the Bay Bridge to Maryland eastern shore and exit 42 at Kent narrows to either the Crab Deck or Harris Crab House which both are waterfront.
            I would do both if staying in Annapolis for a month!

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