Blue Crab SeasonSummer in the Chesapeake Bay area means one thing: crabs. Buckets of fresh, steamy blue crabs doused in Old Bay seasoning, dunked in melted butter. Those of us who wait reverentially for blue crab season have our favorite haunts for crabs and come prepared with empty stomachs, nimble fingers and our own shakers of Old Bay, just in case. Though the towns bordering the bay are famed for their crabs, it’s not necessary to fight traffic across the Bay Bridge to get a fixing of blue crabs; there are plenty of delicious seafood restaurants in the local area who know how to fix blue crabs just right.
Ivy City Smokehouse
This buzzy joint in Northeast D.C. specializes in fresh seafood, and offers it smoked to-go, seasoned and steamed in the tavern, or alive and wriggling in the market.
This Arlington fixture offers plenty of tasty nibbles year-round, but it’s liveliest during crab season. Make sure to book a table on the deck, order all-you-can-eat, and make no plans for the rest of the evening.
Maine Avenue Fish Market
On DC’s Southwest waterfront, lies America’s oldest continuously operating fish market. Come here and pick up live crabs by the bucket or barrel to feed a crowd at home.
Captain Pell’s Fairfax Crab House
An institution in Fairfax County, this seafood restaurant specializes in steamed blue crabs - yummm.
Summer is a fantastic time to be in D.C., particularly if you know a thing or two about blue crabs and enjoy steamy, sunny days. Contact The Team @ Dwel to learn about one of our furnished, boutique apartments in the Washington, D.C. area.