Calling all seafood lovers: Are you looking for the perfect place to chow down on a feast of crab legs or steamed whole crabs? Get a load of these four awesome places for crab feasts in the U.S.
Without a doubt, the number one place for crab in the U.S. is Baltimore. This seaside town takes its blue crab seriously, with steamed crustaceans being one of the oldest traditions in the city. You’ll be expected to get raw and gritty when it comes to feasting on the whole crabs in Baltimore, so have no shame in cracking these blue crabs open and chowing down on some of the best in the country. Don’t miss other crab-inspired options like crab cakes or crab chowder.
San Francisco, California
There’s more to San Francisco’s seafood scene than clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl; savvy foodies know this is also one of the best spots on the West Coast to chow down on fresh crab. Being a forward-thinking food capital, San Francisco is also filled with restaurants pushing the boundaries on crab fare, ranging from deep-fried whole Dungeness crabs to cioppino and Vietnamese “drunken” crab (served with a white wine and cracked black pepper broth).
Dungeness crab is a staple of Seattle’s seafood scene, whether you decide to chow down on the fresh crustaceans with a dish of melted butter or a delectable crab cake. Seattle-ites don’t believe in messing with a good thing, so you’ll find most of the Emerald City’s seafood restaurants serve up finely boiled crabs with simple yet expertly prepared seasonings.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Shellfish in Louisiana is only properly served one way: spread out on a table with corn on the cob, sausage and potatoes (with only a mallet and bib to get you through this southern dining tradition). Cajun-style blue crab can be had throughout the state, but head to the Big Easy for some of the best seafood in Louisiana. (Main image: rob_rob2001 used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)