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Dig Your Claws Into Maryland’s Famous Crabs

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Get your Old Bay out, because it’s time for every Marylander’s favorite food—crabs! The blue crab has been a Maryland staple for centuries and there is definitely no shortage in the state today. Whether you prefer crab cakes, crab legs, or any other type of crab, Maryland knows how to make it right. Here are just a few of the many places to get your fix in the area, both dine in and carry out.

Dine In- In the City

Captain James
Take a water taxi trip and get off at stop #14 to visit this iconic ship-looking restaurant with outdoor crab deck, which has even been visited by Oprah Winfrey! Make sure to stop in Monday-Thursday from 4-9pm for all you can eat crabs.
 
Bo Brooks
The waterfront restaurant located at Lighthouse Point has been serving steamed crabs and fresh seafood for over 50 years, and even has plenty of plant-based options for those looking for alternative options.
 
LP Steamers
The name says it all! This Locust Point staple is known for their steamed crabs and serves them fresh all year long. Make sure to stop in for specials, including $5 off crab cakes and $1 Natty Boh 16oz cans on Wednesdays, and $3 off snow crab legs and $2 drafts on Thursdays.
 
Nick’s Fish House
Take a trip to the Port Covington Area of Baltimore and dine at Nick’s Fish House. The waterfront restaurant makes for a great live music venue, with entertainment Thursday-Sunday nights, and of course offers all of the staple Maryland crab dishes.
 

Carry Out

If you prefer to take your crabs to go, you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home, or take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and dine on the sun deck or garden terrace at the Zenith.
 
Faidley’s Lexington Market
Named one of “The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America” in 2013 by Smithsonian Magazine, Faidley’s at Lexington Market has been steaming crabs for over a century and is known for their signature crab cakes. Conveniently located, it’s less than a ten minute walk from Zenith and a great place to eat in or take out for lunch or early dinner. Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-5:30pm.
 
Chris’ Seafood
For some of the best take out crabs in the area, check out Chris’ Seafood. Just a few blocks from Patterson Park, Chris’ serves fresh crabs all year long with some of the best prices around.
 
Gaffney’s Back Fin
This family owned crab house has been around since 1970. Gaffney’s keeps it simple by specializing in and only serving crabs, so you know they have to be good!
 

Dine In – Take a Trip to the County!

There are a number of places to get your crabs outside of the immediate area that are definitely worth the trip!
 
Costa’s Crabs
Come for take out, or dine-in at Costa’s and dive into their award-winning crab cakes. Patricia from Southern Charm and Kathie Lee and Hoda are known to have tried Costa’s crabs, so you should too!
 
Mr. Bill’s
Take a trip to Mr. Bill’s Crab House, ranked the top crab house in Baltimore on “The List” by Baltimore Business Journal. Mr. Bill’s has plenty of weekly specials, but make sure to stop by Wednesday nights to show off your Maryland pride in Charm City Trivia from 7:30-9:30.
 
You sure will be crabby if you don’t take a trip to any of these crab houses!