Seafood in DC
My elderly father is coming for dinner this weekend and has a hankering for seafood. We're in Brookland, so something in NE or Silver Spring would be best.
We have reservations at the Chesapeake Room, but I'm not wedded to it. Johnny's Half Shell is a bit more expensive than what we were looking for.
Good seafood is expensive as a raw ingredient. Johnny's isn't cheap, but it's far from an expensive restaurant, considering the freshness of the ingredients they use. And the seafood entree prices are about the same price at Chesapeake Room.
If you're willing to drive to College Park, go to Fishnet for fresh, never frozen, fish sandwiches. It's a cute, pleasant place, but not fine dining.
My cousin owns a crab feast catering business and he drops the leftovers off at my dad's house occasionally. (and, if I'm lucky he lets me know) I am certain I won't get anything better than that at Maine Ave.
Crisfield's in an idea. I always assume it's a fried seafood place and have never bothered to try it in all my years hear.
Part of the problem is my dad lives in Anne Arundel County not far from Annapolis, so the local neighborhood restaurants usually have lots of not terribly expensive seafood options. We should be going to him if we want seafood. But he's coming to us and that's what he wants.....
I don't think you'll find better seafood in Silver Spring than Crisfield's. It's been around forever. If you want cheaper eats, there's Mid Atlantic Seafood in Takoma Park. Zero atmosphere, but everything's fresh. And if the weather's nice, you can't beat dining al fresco at Maine Avenue.
How about Hank's Oyster Bar? They have a Eastern Market location now. Great food and cocktails.