The New York Times recently published a long feature on crab houses that waxed lovingly about the whack of the mallet and the joys of a splattery feast.
The Washington Post also came out today with its list of best crab houses in Washington DC. To read the Post’s list, click here.
I put a link to this article on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Facebook site, and asked readers for their votes for best crab houses. 47 people responded to this very unscientific survey, and the most votes (five) went to G & M Restaurant and Lounge, 804 Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights, MD; followed by four votes for Harris Crab House, on Kent Narrows Way in Grasonville, MD; and two votes for Kocos Pub, at 4301 Harford Road in Baltimore, MD.
The Times recommended three crab houses as among the best in Maryland. The Waterman’s Crab House, at 21055 Sharp Street in Rock Hall, Md.; Schooners, at 314 Tilghman Street in Oxford; and the Drum Point Market, at 21162 Center Street in Tylerton.
Personally, I can attest to the excellence of the last one mentioned – the Drum Point Market. It’s a bit of a hassle to get there, as you have to hop a ferry to Smith Island and stay overnight just for a meal. But the feast is worth the effort. The crab cakes – exceedingly fresh, because the crabs are hauled in daily by the island’s watermen – are as fat as a peach, tender, and as close to paradise as you can shove between two halves of a bun.
My stomach is rumbling just remembering it.
But what if you live in Virginia? Sink your claws into the crab cakes at Bubba’s Crab House, 3323 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. Or scuttle in to Chick’s Oyster Bar at 2143 Vista Circle in Virginia Beach.
But let’s not leave out Pennsylvania crab joints. Some of my friends here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation speak highly of Nick's 114 Cafe, at 114 Bridge St. in New Cumberland, and The Progress Grill at 3526 Walnut St. in Harrisburg.
What do you think? Do you know a restaurant that serves a crab cake worth snapping about?