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Old 06-23-2011, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Pell's is a Fairfax institution. There are great crab houses throughout the MD/VA/DC area, but if you find yourself in Fairfax then Pell's is where you go for crabs. Gotta agree with some previous posters though. Crabs have gotten expensive. I used to go a couple of times a season. Now I'm lucky if I can afford to go once a year.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Yeah, if they are expensive - that is ok as long as they are super fresh and good! I don't think my husband has had crabs in over a year now....maybe it was two years - whenever that guy was on Rt. 28... At any rate - this will be his one time this year...apparently along with my neighbor!
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'm not much of a seafood expert. For those of you who are, what do you think of the crabs at Costco? The ones they occasionally sell along with scallops and lobster tails from a stand in the back of the store. I see them for sale, and have been tempted to try them, but never have.
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Old 06-24-2011, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Loudoun Cty, Virginia
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Hey all - on the side of Rt. 28 in Manassas there used to be a guy who would steam and sell crabs on the side of the road. I haven't seen him this year. Well, my neighbor and my husband both love crabs (alas, I don't) so they want to have a pick-fest. Where can they get reasonably priced crabs to bring back home? I know that Blue Ridge Seafood in Gainesville has them but they were soooo bloody expensive the last time we called that it was ridiculous and that's how we wound up with the guy on the side of the road .
Have you ever ventured out to the actual Wharf on Maine Avenue in dc? That's where most of the vendors throughout the area buy their crabs from. One of my good friend's parents owned The Shrimp Connection on rt-234 for a few years, and they used to go out to the Wharf all the time to pick up their crabs that they sold.

You'll get the biggest selection of sizes there and it's where they all originate from. Usually if you haggle with them on price, you can get a ton of extra crabs tossed in for free. They'll steam and season them for you right on the docks, and it's a fun area to walk around in general to see all the seafood. The two primary vendors on the wharf docks are:
  • Jessie Taylor Seafood
    • 1100 Maine Ave SW # 2, Washington D.C., DC 20024-2423
    • (202) 554-4173
  • Captain White Seafood
    • 1100 Maine Avenue SW # 3, Washington D.C., DC 20024-2423
    • (202) 484-2722
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I'm not much of a seafood expert. For those of you who are, what do you think of the crabs at Costco? The ones they occasionally sell along with scallops and lobster tails from a stand in the back of the store. I see them for sale, and have been tempted to try them, but never have.
I assume that you're referring to the large dungeoness crabs that they sell at Costco? They are pretty good and have a ton of meat in them that is easy to get to. Usually one crab is more than enough for one person. The meat is not as sweet as blue crabs, but not as salty as Alaskan king crabs. I think the only drawback to them is that they're already cooked and then frozen, so the meat isn't as fresh tasting and looses a bit of the sweetness.

If you're up for cooking them yourself - the chinese grocery store, called The Great Wall, in Merrifield sells them live; they're typically $15 or so each depending on weight. They're quite the delicacy when steamed fresh, and I actually prefer them to Blue crabs since they're so much easier to eat yet still taste just about as good as blue crabs (gasp!! that's probably a sin to say in the chesapeake bay area!)
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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A few of my neighbors down here on the Bay (summer place in Dorchester County) are watermen and they tell me that crab prices are down. Their numbers have bounced back big time after a couple years of restrictions on the harvest.

I believe it...I can see 'em walking around on the bottom when I go out my dock. Yesterday I put out a few traps to catch enough to satisfy my wife's crab cravings (I'm not wild about 'em) and had a couple dozen big ones by dinner time!

We're throwing a little community party tomorrow, so I'll be going out early tomorrow morning with one of the watermen to catch enough to feed about a hundred people....shouldn't take long, these guys are pros! LOL

Anybody ever been to the "Crab Capitol of the World"...Crisfield MD? What a neat place...we're going to cruise over there today to pick up some other stuff for the party. I love hanging out on the docks where the commercial boats offload their catch...especially the Tangiermen, those guys are characters!

Have a great weekend everybody!
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Anyone know what the 1/2 bushel price of large male crabs are going for right now? Just wondering. I've seen a lot of $140s and $150s...is that about right for a 1/2 bushel or way too much?
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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It would be quite a drive but I think there's a trailer selling steamed crabs on Rt. 1 in Woodbridge (in the Wawa parking lot/off Neabsco Rd). Whenever we drive past it (usually on the weekends) it looks quite popular. Unfortunately I can't tell you if it's any good or what their prices are...
I am thinking of driving out there tomrrow to check on this trailer. Do you know what times they might be normally out there? Maybe I should call the WaWa?
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I am thinking of driving out there tomrrow to check on this trailer. Do you know what times they might be normally out there? Maybe I should call the WaWa?
We usually drive past it around noon until about 4 pm... but Wawa might know for sure! Please let us know how they are, maybe I'll get my husband to stop there next time.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Ok! One more question. Are they out there on Sundays as well? Just checking - otherwise, I'll cram it in tomorrow and get out there. I will certainly report back. Maybe they'll let us have a little sampling. I'll also let you know the prices.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Oh yeah - I'm also going to check out Vernon and Steve's to see what prices they have going. If for some reason it is exceptional than I'll miss the total drive out to WaWa but if not - I'll still be making my way out there!
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