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Jan 20, 2014 07:25 AM

Bethesda takeout - best seafood stew and best fried seafood

I think Black's may be a good option for the seafood stew, but I'm wondering if there are others. I saw a post recommending Guardado's stew, though I assume this was a reference to their paella. Any other places worthy of consideration?

Though I realize fried dishes are not ideal for takeout, where should I look? Freddy's Lobsters & Clams' menu lists "clams strips". I'd be looking for whole clams, but ideally it would be fried oysters, shrimp and scallops.

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  1. The fried oysters at Woodmont Grill have always been good.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      Thanks, monkeyrotica. Hhmmm, that "cowboy vinaigrette" sounds interesting.

      Still interested in more recommendations, ideally for a combination platter of fried seafood or at least one restaurant that would offer the ability to buy individual servings of various fried seafood, e.g., oysters, shrimp, scallops …) and basically create my own "platter"

      1. re: uwsgrazer

        I think the style of competently fried carryout seafood you're looking for you'll find at places like Mid Atlantic Seafood, but they're in Laurel, Takoma Park, and Oxon Hill, unfortunately. Most seafood places in Bethesda/Rockville veer towards raw/steamed/grilled. Places like Mid Atlantic do a lot of volume, so the stuff is fresh, and they fry everything hard and crispy. I live in Alexandria and I find it nearly impossible to find decent fried seafood this side of the Potomac. You can't swing a dead catfish without hitting mediocre sushi, but for a nice fried whiting or crabcake, I inevitably end up in P.G. County. These are all no-frills style eateries, so what they lack in ambience they make up for in portion size. Their combo platters are enough to feed several people.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Yup, you've got me figured out. What you described is exactly what i'm looking for. Will keep Mid Atlantic Seafood in mind for the future, but it won't work out this time around. Thanks nonetheless for the input.

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            i agree about NOVA seafood -- really lacking! i've always wondered why. maybe maryland sucks all the air out of the room? still….. it is disheartening. and fried seafood is a production to do at home.

            oddly enough, the best fried shrimp i've gotten around here are at hong kong pearl seafood -- "shrimp ball" -- but no tartar sauce. ha!

            1. re: alkapal

              The crispy eel at South China off Pickett is outstanding, but, yeah, not your typical 4-piece fried whiting with Wonder Bread sammitch.

      2. Freddy's has fried whole-belly clams, and they are spectacular. But takeout, they are going to degrade fast. I can barely make it to the bottom of the order crispy when I eat them there...

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        1. re: DanielK

          Yum. Maybe I'll have to find a way to get to Freddy's, after all. I love fried clams!

          Note: The OP was to source foods for my father, where dining out isn't so convenient.

          1. re: DanielK

            Agreed. Excellent fried whole-belly clams, and very good lobster rolls. Bethesda prices of course, but that's to be expected :(

            1. re: The Big Crunch

              I don't think it's Bethesda prices, as much as fresh-never-frozen lobster and belly clam prices. I don't think the food would be all that much cheaper in Rockville or Frederick.

              $20 for a lobster roll with 2 sides is not cheap, but I can't imagine it being cheaper with the same level of quality elsewhere.

              1. re: DanielK

                That's a good point, and actually, I do think their lobster roll's are the best I've had in DC.

              2. re: The Big Crunch

                Even in New England I've paid close to $20 for a lobster roll.

            2. Crisfield in Silver Spring right on Georgia Avenue for all fried seafood - whole clams, oysters, shrimp, scallops, fish.

              "Old school" raw bar and restaurant opened in the 1940's. I know they do a brisk takeout business.

              By East-West Highway, it's not too far from Bethesda at all.

              1. Cameron's (several locations) is carry-out only. Seafood In The Buff is in Glenmont, not as good as Cameron's.

                1. For seafood stew, I recall having a really good bouillabaisse at Bistro Provence, but that was ages ago.