As warmer weather approaches, that means it’s almost time to start cracking into locally sourced crabs and dining on delicious crab cakes. Maryland crab season officially begins in April, so plan a visit to Montgomery County, Maryland and enjoy fresh, tasty crab dishes well worth traveling to the area for.
Chef Tony’s – Bethesda
For a convenient location and intimate setting, head to Chef Tony’s just a short distance from the Bethesda Metro station. On the menu, start your savory experience with the Cream of Crab Soup made with lump crab meat and Old Bay seasoning. For the main course, keep it classic with an order of the Twin Jumbo Softshell Crabs or the Maryland Style Crab Cake, both of which come with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.
The Grilled Oyster Company – Potomac
A neighborhood raw bar, The Grilled Oyster Company is a great option for date night with ambiance. Stop in for happy hour and enjoy Crab Hush Puppies with maple honey butter, the Mini Crab Dip served with grilled French bread, or the Crab Cake Sliders that come with a side of Old Bay fries. For a more substantial dinner, you can’t go wrong with the Chesapeake Cioppino which bring crab together with shrimp, mussels, rockfish, and clams in a tomato and vegetable broth.
Crisfield Seafood – Silver Spring
Crisfield Seafood is known for its friendly and attentive service which keeps local regulars coming back for more. For lighter fare, order the Crab Meat cocktail appetizer or the Crab Cake sandwich served with your choice of coleslaw or fries. The main event is the platter selection that features Soft Shell Crab, Flounder Stuffed with Crab Meat, Baked Shrimp Stuffed with Crab Meat, and African Lobster Tail with Crab Meat.
Bonefish Grill – Gaithersburg
Bonefish Grill prides themselves on using fresh, seasonal, high-quality seafood throughout their menu offerings. Savor the Corn Chowder and Lump Crab soup with a bit of bacon or share some Maryland-Style Crab Cakes with a red rémoulade sauce to start your meal off right. Moving onto the main course, we recommend the Crab-Crusted Cod that comes topped in a white wine lemon butter sauce or the Sirloin and Crab Cake Dinner for a great surf and turf-style option.
Nantucket’s Reef – Rockville
A friendly atmosphere for family vacationers and business travelers alike, Nantucket’s Reef offers a crab experience that doesn’t disappoint. Entrée choices include the Crab ‘No’ Cake with jumbo lump crab meat and tartar sauce, as well as the Crispy Panko Stuffed Shrimp with lump crab meat and cocktail sauce. Both of these main dishes also come with a side of coleslaw and French fries.