All-You-Can-Eat Crabs and Crushes Return to Union Market for the Summer

Lucky Buns chef Alex McCoy is bringing back his pop-up crab shack.

Lucky's Crab House returns to Union Market for bottomless Bay feasts. Photograph courtesy of Lucky Buns

You don’t need to drive to the Bay to get cracking this summer. All-you-can-eat Chesapeake crab feasts are back at Union Market thanks to Lucky Buns chef Alex McCoy, who’s launching his annual summertime pop-up on Friday, June 18. Lucky’s Crab House will take over the huge outdoor patio outside the NoMa food hall Friday through Sunday, and will run through early fall.

McCoy got his start in the restaurant industry during college, when he worked at Price’s Seafood in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The menu for Lucky’s is inspired by the no-frills fare: all-you-can-eat local Bay crabs (steamed on site), plus chicken, corn, slaw, potato salad and more for $50 per person. McCoy’s crab seasoning is also a nod to Price’s. The  black pepper-heavy blend is made with J.O. seasoning—many crab houses prefer the family-run Baltimore company’s spice to Old Bay. A bar will pour crushes, dark n’ stormys, local beers, and plenty of Boh.

Crack crabs outside Union Market. Photograph courtesy of Lucky Buns

Crabs aren’t the only new thing at Union Market. 2Fifty Central Texas Style Barbecue, a popular wood-smoked ‘cue company based in Riverdale Park, Maryland, just opened a stall inside the market with a small menu of pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, ribs, smoked sausage, and a few sides.

Reservations at Lucky’s Crab House for two-hour time slots are available via Resy, starting at 5 PM on Friday and at 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Last seating is 9 PM.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.