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Steamed Crabs in Baltimore

Best places to eat steamed blue crabs in Baltimore


Picking - and then devouring - freshly steamed blue crabs is a Baltimore tradition. The city is world famous for its crab houses and the bounty of blue crabs offered up by the Chesapeake Bay (and, shhh, waters off the coasts of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas). Baltimore boasts a bushel of great crab houses, from the fancy to the frills-free, so roll up your sleeves, sprinkle on the the Old Bay and start crackin'.

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Al's Seafood - Essex

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1551 Eastern Blvd.

Al's has been named "Best Bargain Seafood Restaurant" by Baltimore magazine, which is a hint that this Baltimore County crab house is not fancy…but tasty.

Bo Brooks - Canton

2701 Boston St.

Located on the water, Bo Brooks offers a full seafood-heavy menu as well as steamed crabs year round.

**Canton Dockside

3301 Boston St.

One of Baltimore's newest crab houses also is one of its best. Canton Dockside features fat, meaty steamed blue crabs year round, and also has a full menu filled with other seafood favorites. With a lively bar and expansive outdoor deck seating across the street from the water, Canton Dockside quickly has attracted a devoted following of Baltimore crab-heads.

**Captain James Landing - Fells Point/Canton

2127 Boston St.

The captain's crab deck sits right on the water, making it a prime spot to pick crabs. (Pair your crabs with some steamed shrimp and a pitcher of beer, and you've got basically the perfect summer night)

**Costas Inn - Baltimore

4100 Northpoint Blvd.

A Baltimore.About.com favorite, Costas Inn always serves plump, meaty, tasty blue crabs in a classic old-school Baltimore environment. There's also a lively bar attached.

The Crab Shanty - Ellicott City

3410 Plum Tree Dr.

Since 1978 diners have feasted on crabs at this Howard County staple. A family-owned restaurant, the crabs served here generally come from Texas and Louisiana. There's also a full menu with meat selections, including Memphis-style barbecue.

**Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn - Annapolis

458 Forest Beach Rd.

The best atmosphere in which to enjoy crabs bar none. The fact that it's almost impossible to find makes the crabs even more satisfying while you're sitting outside on the river enjoying the some of the finest local blues available.

L.P. Steamers - Locust Point

1100 E. Fort Ave.

This corner rowhouse in the rapidly changing Locust Point is a throwback to neighborhood's working class roots. Most everything on the menu, besides the spicy steamed crabs, is fried. The view from the rooftop deck is worth the climb.

Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn - Essex

200 Eastern Blvd.

Heavy is the adjective Mr. Bill's fans use to describe the crabs here. Come early (especially on summer weekends) to get a seat in the dining room.

Nick's Fish House - Federal Hill

2600 Insulator Dr.

Located on Middle Branch adjacent to the Hanover Street Bridge, Nick's is one of the most beautiful waterfront spots in the city. On weekends the vibe can be a downright party.

Obrycki's - Fells Point

1727 E. Pratt St.

A Baltimore institution since the mid 1940s, Obrycki's draws out-of-towners and locals alike. Be warned, they use their own blend of garlic-based seasoning on the crabs - not Old Bay - but they're delicious just the same.

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