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Jun 5, 2013 06:14 PM

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.

Any suggestions?

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  1. 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.

    1. If you want to go really old school, go down to the Maine Ave market. It's not an actual dining experience, so just buy some crabs and take them home.

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      1. re: Mer_Made

        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.....

        1. re: Stacys

          True - used to love going to the Annapolis Seafood Market and lunch time for a crab cake sandwich and cream of crab soup.

        2. re: Mer_Made

          any concept of prices so far this year?

          1. re: Insidious Rex

            Not a clue. I had a coupon for Frank's, so I went there to feed my seafood needs.

            1. re: Mer_Made

              We wound up getting a half bushel of decent size females this weekend for $50. Big males were going for as much as $95 a half.

        3. 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.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I am with monkeyrotica that Crisfields seems right up your alley in Silver Spring. And, thanks for the recommendation on Mid Atlantic, never been, but now will try it!

          2. How about Hank's Oyster Bar? They have a Eastern Market location now. Great food and cocktails.