Both Bryan and I grew up in Maryland, and when you are from Maryland, you eat Maryland steamed crabs. But since we moved to Denver 24 years ago, we were a little rusty on the best places to go. Over the past year or so, we have been back and forth to Maryland for family stuff quite a bit, which has allowed us to reacquaint ourselves with crab houses all over the state. So, I thought I would share my go-to list of the best places in Maryland to get steamed blue crabs. Everyone has their faves, especially the neighborhood dives – so please add yours in the comments!
When To Eat Maryland Crabs
Summer is the best time for crabs as they move up the Chesapeake Bay during the warm months. The truth of the matter is, some places in Maryland, especially in the winter, are shipping in crabs from Louisiana – which are just fine – just wanted you to know. Of all the places below, you will get the best crabs closest to the water. This seems obvious, but sometimes you can’t get across the state and need a fix.
Cost of Maryland Crabs
Crabs – at any time of the year – are expensive. I listened to a couple gasp in shock when the server told them the prices the last time we were out. Obviously the cost changes depending on the season, but “all you can eat” will typically be $35-55 per person, all small crabs, with a time limit. We like to sit and enjoy the act of eating crabs, so we usually choose this option – but if you know you will only eat a certain number of crabs, it may be less hassle and less cost to get some large or extra large (upwards to $100 per dozen) and go to town.
How To Eat Maryland Crabs
Don’t know HOW to eat crabs? Here is a video from Visit Annapolis that covers the basics. Skip to minute 1:40 if you just want the instructions. Trust me, everyone has their own opinions on this! For example, I don’t pull out the claws first – no way! Ask your server to guide you if you have questions.
Best Places to Get Maryland Steamed Crabs
Bo Brooks // Baltimore
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs // Annapolis
Cantler’s Riverside Inn // Annapolis
Crab Claw // St. Michaels
Crabtowne USA // Glen Burnie
Fallston Seafood // Fallston
Hemingway’s // Stevensville
Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers // Baltimore
Mike’s Crab House // Riva & Pasadena
Ocean’s Pride // Lutherville
The Point // Arnold
Schultz’s Crab House // Essex
Ship’s Cafe // Catonsville
Suicide Bridge // Hurlock
That’s my list! Who would you add?