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My Grandma:)

My mom!

G & M near BWI airport

What about also naming the best place for steamed blue crabs (and not just cakes)?

G&M in Linthicum, MD!

Koco's Pub on Harford Rd.

By the Docks in Middle River!!! Closely followed by the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk : )

I was born in Maryland but now live in NC so not aware of any blue crab 'houses' here but have been able to get pretty good blue crabs (to steam at home) in Wilmington, NC at East Coast Seafood. Still looking for a good place in the Raleigh, NC area. If anyone knows of some good places, fess up! Otherwise, its worth a drive up the coast to check out some of these recommendations.

Steamed crabs - Harris Crab House Kent Island

Steamed crabs = Cantler's Riverside, just outside of Annapolis. Everything a crabhouse should be. Oddly enough, the best crab cakes in Annapolis are at Adam's Ribs in Eastport (or at least they were a few years ago).

The Boat Yard in Annapolis!! Otherwise home made is the best!!

My wife makes the best crab cakes in Annapolis bar none!

G&M in Linthicum

ditto...G&M in Linthicum

G&M in Linthicum for crab cakes; Cantler's in St. Margarets (near Annapolis) for steamed crabs

G and M and By the Docks, and other places use Indonesian meat from a closely related crab that is plentiful in that part of the world. So if you think you are having an authentic Chesapeake experience, think again.

Drift Inn!!!!

perfect all crab (no filler) crab cakes sauted & served with saltine crackers and yellow mustard.......

the crabcakes (and all other seafood) and Edgewater Restaurant are amazing!

Steinhilber's in Va Beach

The problem with the NYT article (I noticed this when I read it a week or two ago) is that it focused on northern Shore locations. Frankly, they're good, but not exceptional. Most of the good crab houses are on the lower Shore. I know its incredibly far from... anything, but hands down, the Red Roost in Whitehaven, MD has the best crab cakes, best atmosphere and best crabs in the Chesapeake Bay region. Of course, they also give you way too much side food which (I'm convinced) is a plot to get you to eat fewer crabs.

City Cafe in Baltimore makes some fantastic crabcakes. Plump, meaty, and without tons of filler.

You simply cannot make a better crab-cake than Drum Point Market.

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