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Oct 18, 2012 01:20 PM

Crab house close to 95 heading North from Baltimore

We are looking for a great place for MD style crabs. We'll be in Baltimore (light St.), heading home Sunday, and want a place open for lunch, but not too far from 95 heading North on our way back home to NY. Looking for the best place, atmosphere doesn't matter.

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  1. Hate to be negative, but I don't think you are gonna find a reputable place for crabs at lunch...most "crabhouses" do not start to steam until around 5:00 ish....

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      1. re: michele cindy

        I can't vouch for any of these places or whether they have crabs available at lunchtime, but try:

        Woody's in North East, Maryland:
        They very honestly say there are no local crabs available now

        Price's Seafood, Havre de Grace: 410-939-2782 (can't find a website


        I got a chuckle out of your comment that "atmosphere doesn't matter." It's a crabhouse, hon. It's going to have a LOT of atmosphere, but probably not the kind you mean.

        1. re: Just Visiting

          Thanks for the advice! We have no decent places for crabs up here, even if they aren't local, it's better then nothing. As for atmosphere, now you made me laugh!

          1. re: michele cindy

            Think "the dumpier the better." We used to have a food column in the Washington Post called Crummy-but-Good. Invariably great food.

          2. re: Just Visiting

            And either of those, if you shoot up 40, you can at least avoid the Delaware tolls.. no way around the MD ones. Woody's and Price's have been enjoyable, but I've always eaten there in the summer months.

        2. re: Hue

          I don't know what this person is talking about when they claim steaming doesn't start at respectable house until 5.... that is crazy talk.

          1. re: foster

            Foster...not to be testy..."that is not crazy talk". Most crabhouse start steaming late in the sfterernoon!!!!
            I stand by my statement!

        3. Call Costas Inn.

          Their crabs have always been great. If you call them in advance, they can tell you what sizes they have and you can reserve them.

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          1. re: Tugboat

            That's kind of out-of-the way if they are in the Inner Harbor and heading north but not too far. I've never been there because I am always skeptical of a place that has crabs as only one item on a very varied menu. Plus I can get great crabs much closer to home. But people seem to love the place. And then they could see a bit of the real Baltimore instead of the Disneyfied Inner Harbor.

            1. re: Just Visiting

              It isn't far at all, and 95 is right there

          2. We never got to go for the crabs! Turned out the wedding we were attending had a brunch the next day, so... I we will have to get a rain check on them. I did get some Utz's Bay Crab Seasoned chips, and I did have a lot of crab cakes at the wedding... Oh well.... Thanks to all who helped out, I'll use this in the future.