Obrecki's on Pratt Steet in Baltimore serves great Maryland crabs with Old Bay style seasoning and home brewed beer. My wife and I NEVER pass Baltimoe in either direction without stoping. There are a lot of other places we love like Tilgnman Island or St, Michael's on the Easern Shore where the crabs are also great. My wife also likes sauteed soft shells which I can't get in to. Personally, I like crab much more than lobster.
Never tried a Dungeness Crab althougnh I see them in tanks in local supermarkets (NJ). I guess you eat them the same way as you eat a blue claw.
When I was a kid, the water at low tide on the Hampton side of the Roads was about 4" deep for several hundred yards out off the shore. The locals called it the salt flats. There was plenty of eel grass which was the natural home of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Claw Crab. As a Blue Claw Crab grows, it has to molt and it is at that time when it is not protected by its hard shell that it is most vulnerable to larger prey. The molting crab will burrow in the sand just enough so its eyes protrude. For obvious reasons they are very difficult to see. My grandfather, who was a waterman, taught us how to walk the flats and harvest an evening meal's worth of "soft shells." He'd wave his magic hands over the frying pan and in a while we'd be eating some of the best food on God's earth. Crabs from around the world are wondeful in their own way, but there is nothing that will ever compare to a properly prepared softshell.
From what I've heard, Obrycki's on E Pratt St closed. I was genuinely heartbroken. I haven't been there in two years, but I consider Baltimore a home away from home. I think the owners may have another spot. I've also heard that the Phillips Seafood in the Inner Harbor expanded. I should take a trip down there.
Went to dinner last night with the wife and tried a restaurant we hadn't been to before. Ordered a Crab Louie. Excellent. Very fresh Dungeness crab, mounds of it, and a lot of big pieces too, not just pickings. It was close to the equivalent of a whole crab.
Obrecky's is CLOSED? If so it is the end of an era and a deicious one at that. See what happens when you turn your back - even for a moment. Well there are plenty of good crab places on the eastern shore. Just have to drive a little farther.