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Day 247: The Perfect End to Summer: Bethesda Crab House

Bethesda Crab House

For the past 50-years, the Bethesda Crab House located at 4958 Bethesda Ave has been serving up the iconic and tasty Maryland steamed crabs to local patrons.  Although they are open 365 days a year, the hard and soft-shell crabs are at their peak in summertime!  The perfect way to end the hot days of summer is to indulge in this Maryland crab-picking tradition!

The atmosphere of the Bethesda Crab House is as casual as you can get, so don’t come in wearing your fancy duds.  Plus, this crab-eating business is a messy operation!  This is a shorts and T-shirt kind of place with a relaxed, beachy kind of feel.  You can sit inside or outside at their open air tables cooled by fans circulating overhead.  It is strongly recommended that you call ahead to order your crabs so they are ready for you and not sold out when you arrive.  We recommend you order the large or X-tra large crabs!  In addition to steamed crabs, we also thoroughly enjoy the jumbo spiced shrimp.  Huge and mouth-watering!

Today's Crabs!

Another tip for your visit that will maximize your enjoyment is to bring an experienced crab-eater with you to guide you through the process of how to properly “pick and eat” a Maryland Blue Crab.  If you don’t have a guide, it can be a very frustrating experience – kind of like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that contains your dinner!  But no matter what, be prepared to “work for food” when you pick apart a crab.  But remember, all that good work just makes the reward that much sweeter!  If you are thinking about going out for crabs and you don’t have an experienced crab-eating guide to accompany you, check out this YouTube video for instructions (don’t let the guts freak you out, it’s all good):

Lastly, be sure you enjoy your crabs with some Old Bay Seasoning and a nice cold beer.  Your crab-eating experience will stay with you for some time – it’s rather unforgettable.  Heck, the smell of the seasonings will stay on your hands and under your nails for at least 24 hours!  Some lemon often helps to diminish the aroma.  The Bethesda Crab House is a wonderful and fun dinner experience that is truly a Maryland tradition.  Enjoy!  Let us know if you have any crab-eating stories or tips to share!   ~Amy & Brian

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