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Posted at 1:58 PM ET, 04/27/2007

Fishing for Crabs

By Erin

In yesterday's Got Plans? discussion, one reader was eager to jump onto the crab boat:
Washington, D.C.: Hey GOG's! Is it crab season yet? Are there any new, fun places to go? Quarterdeck is my standby, but it's always nice to have options. Oh, and do you know when soft-shell crab season starts? Thanks!

All-you-can-eat crabs are as much a part of mid-Atlantic summer tradition as the busloads of tourists storming the Mall. Crab season officially starts in May, but local crabs don't typically appear until mid-summer. Unfortunately, unseasonably cold weather will likely delay local crabs for long while. According to Obrycki's in Baltimore, the local crabs have been so small that we shouldn't expect any local supply until late summer. You'll still be able to get your fill of crabs year-round here, but they will be shipped up from warmer southern waters.

Locally, Bethesda Crab House is a favorite for its central location and all-about-the-crabs atmosphere. It's selling mediums and larges at the moment. If you're in the mood for a crab-centric getaway, Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn offers the perfect waterside setting. It has large, extra-large and super crabs ($55, $75 and $85 per dozen respectively).
Quarterdeck is a great standby. The staff received a large shipment today and anticipates a nice selection of medium and large crabs.

As for soft shells, the season has been a bit in flux. Soft shells appeared earlier this month on special at Oceanaire, Restaurant Eve and BLT Steak among other places, but the recent storms impacted the supply, so they're a bit less accessible. When the Majestic opens its doors next Tuesday, soft shells will on the main course menu with a tomato relish, succotash and bacon vinaigrette for $18.


By Erin  | April 27, 2007; 1:58 PM ET
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What about the Waterfront in Downtown off Maine ave cheap and big and good and all year round.

Posted by: Mark Manly | April 30, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I would like to suggest to all of your readers to try a place called Scooters in Jessup Maryland. Awesome Crabs flown in almost everyday and they have a homemade seasoning that is very good. Take 95 north get off at 175 towards Jessup, make left on RT1 towards Baltimore and go a half mile and it is on your right

Posted by: Mark | April 30, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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