|It recently occurred to me that South Baltimore is becoming a helluva decent place to go for crabs. And it rules.
LP Steamers in Locust Point has some of the finest mumbo jimmies around at decent prices, they’ve been an institution for quite a while. Steamers is about as old school Baltimore as you can get and I love it. Meanwhile, over in the bustling Cross St. corridor Ryleigh’s Oyster has been running a “Shore Night” every Tuesday in season featuring $2 mediums and corn on the cob slathered in a feta/old bay/mayo spread that defies your mouth’s logic – it really is insanely tasty (and horrible for you).
And apparently, Nobles on Charles St. has started serving $2 crabs as well, on Saturday evenings. Next door in Cross St. Market, Nicks’ Inner Harbor Seafood serves steam to order crabs at market prices, plus giant beers during happy hour – 32 oz. tubs for $5. I’ve definitely had quite a few of those, far more than I’ve had crabs there.
|Not be outdone, two newer establishments have begun serving crabs in season. Taps Baltimore now serves $2 crabs on Sundays, and right around the corner Don’t Know Tavern started serving $2 #1’s (and possibly jumbos in the future) just yesterday, with plans to serve them every Saturday.|
One of South Baltimore’s more venerable institutions, Bill’s Lighthouse Inn, serves crabs year round and has an amazingly cheap menu with huge portions. If you’re looking for an old school Baltimore restaurant experience, Bill’s is right up there with LP Steamers, with a wider selection on the menu. And if you’re willing to make the trip (like 8 blocks) over to the Hanover St. bridge, Nick’s Fish House serves crabs with a waterfront view, and live music on the outside deck. Nick’s gets packed during the season however, so be forewarned.
And finally, here’s a Google Map of all of them! (more to be added later… as I remember them)