Bethesda Crab House
Spread out some newspaper and grab a mallet.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 9, 2006
Bethesda Crab House
Address: 4958 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-652-3382
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Seafood, American
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Steamed jumbo blue crabs; crabcakes; peel-and-eat shrimp.
Price Details: All-you-can-eat crab feast, $25.

From September 2003

Get back to basics with a heap of Maryland blue crabs. They're cayenne-crusted and served with drawn butter, mallets, and a massive empty bowl for the shells. The scene both outside and in is lively, sometimes even raucous. Reserve jumbos when they're available--wait till you get there and chances are you'll have to settle for large or medium. Be sure to ask about the all-you-can-eat Crab Feast--including crabs, corn, and cole slaw for $25--available most nights. Doing battle with your dinner not your thing? Crabcakes are first-rate, made with loads of lump crab and just a bit of binder. Peel-and-eat shrimp work as a good starter or a fine main event. Sides aren't the point here, though the slaw makes a fine foil for all the rest. Service can be crusty, but that's part of the charm, too.
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