Boats unload fresh crabs right at the Cantler’s waterfront restaurant and crab house. The atmosphere is totally casual, but the menu is more refined, with stuffed rockfish, grilled lobster, and “drunk’n” mussels simmered in white wine; 410/757-1311 or cantlers.com.
Captain Billy’s Crabhouse, Newburg
Readers come here for great crabs, which they tell us they love eating right off the rolled-out butcher paper on the table; 301/932-4323 or captbillys.com.
Courtney’s Restaurant & Seafood, Ridge
In this off-the-radar spot for fresh crab cakes at the mouth of the Potomac River, you can’t go wrong with the grilled or fried catch of the day; 301/872-4403.