Crabbin’ Out in Annapolis: Guest Blogger

- David Wilfert,

There are few things better than pickin’ and eating Maryland Blue Crabs while drinking cold beer on a hot summer’s day. A couple weeks ago I found myself in Annapolis, Maryland for a friends bachelor  party, and we spent the better part of a Friday afternoon doing just that. The place we chose was Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn, an establishment that has been serving up fresh crabs to a happy public since 1974. Eating crabs in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay or one of its estuaries is an experience that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy.

the crab list
Over the years as the population of crabs has decreased in the Bay, the price has risen. Supply and Demand is depressing. We opted for a dozen large.

attention crabbers
Cantler’s receives fresh crab from fisherman daily.

crab mallets
Mallets are the tools of the trade when it comes to pickin’ crabs.

A dozen crabs
This is a detail of the dozen crabs. See all of that Old Bay coating the shells? That is delicious.

crab about to get smashed
Here is a crab that is about to get smashed.

crab claw
Just like lobster, the claw meat is coveted.

the bachelor
This is the bachelor cracking open the body of the crab. It was his first time eating them which is why he looks so focused.

waiting to get crushed
Another crab waiting to get crushed.

crab scrap bucket
As evidenced by our scrap bucket, eating crabs is not for the person who likes to stay clean.

crab tattoo
Marylanders are passionate about their crabs, this is our hosts new tattoo.  I cannot wait to see it filled with color.

Hopefully this has made you a bit hungrier, and craving these delicious creatures.  Head to a small, waterside crab house in Maryland for the freshest and best.

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  1. Nadia says:

    Thanks for sharing, great photos and great post! Eating crab like this almost looks like a sport. I’ll take a couple of large, couple of pints and a bib on the side please.

  2. Amanda says:

    Lol! love the bachelor photo. looks like a messy good time. thanks for sharing!