Best of Washington: Crab Feasts

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Summer isn’t summer in Maryland without steamed crabs. Here are three of the best crab decks within an hour’s drive.

The motto “where the watermen gather” at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn (458 Forest Beach Rd., Annapolis; 410-757-1311; is no joke. Yachtsmen and crabbers alike partake of the free dockage along Mill Creek. Kids love scrambling below deck to check out the crab tanks.

In the trendy neighborhood of Canton, Bo Brooks Restaurant (2780 Lighthouse Pt.; 410-558-0202; serves crabs with a twist: Old Bay is swapped out for a house-made rub. On weekdays, happy-hour diners score half-price appetizers such as crab guacamole.

Fisherman’s Crab Deck (3032 Tenth Narrows Way, Grasonville; 410-827-6666; is the Disneyland of crab decks. This busy spot on Kent Island is known for its fun tiki bar, bustling marina, and killer sunset views on the Chesapeake Bay.

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