Captain Tony Vicari hauled his first catch out of the Chesapeake Bay at the age of 13 with his father. The two still work together capturing crabs. They personally catch or purchase each one served at Waterman's Pride Seafood, where the cooks steam the creatures to order on the same day they were nabbed from the sea. In addition to serving buckets of crabs and crab legs, the marine eatery serves platters of flounder fillets, housemade jumbo lump crab cakes, and stuffed or butterfly shrimp. A raw bar features mussels, oysters, and clams to accommodate their fear of fire.
Anyone can offer crabs on a menu, but it’s what you do with them that counts. Luckily for diners, what The Crackpot does with them has, according to Baltimore magazine, become "a Baltimore tradition to appreciate." A full-service bar helps customers wash back these tender crab morsels, which are still cooked according to The Crackpot's original recipe.
Though the five-page menu has expanded to include steak, prime rib, burgers, wings, pasta, soups, and a kids' menu, not much has changed since 1972 in terms of ambiance. The retro crabhouse—decked out with wood shingles and twinkling holiday lights—still has its first crab traps hanging from the walls, sharing space with a 7-foot sailfish and a mounted swordfish. The restaurant also hosts a Heroes Table event, inviting a small group of wounded veterans and their spouses to dine for free once a week.
Conrad's Crabs puts the locally caught moneycrabs where its customers' ravenous mouths are as they live up to their "We catch our own" slogan. Waterman Tony Conrad brings in as much seafood as Poseidon allows, from crabs to fresh whole fish (both market price). A fusion of a seafood market and a carryout restaurant, Conrad's has a full menu of locavores' delights. Seafood can be purchased raw or steamed to order, with the fresh-caught fish and crustaceans going for market price daily. Long-standing selections include Conrad's Steamer Combo (six each of jumbo shrimp, oysters, and clams with a pound of mussels, $22.50) and entrees such as fried hard crab ($13.50), six fried oysters ($13.50), and a pint of Maryland crab soup ($5).
From beef kebabs to jumbo-lump-crab cakes, each dish is crafted from scratch at Eastern Kebab & Grill, and dishes incorporate flavors from all over the world. Tzatziki sauce drizzles over gyro meat, and gravy blankets roast beef. Handhelds range from seafood-salad subs to bacon cheeseburgers. Even the sides span the globe, from Asian-influenced fried rice to southern potato salad.
When laid out item by item, Lucky Inn's lunch and dinner menus could possibly span the entire length of the Great Wall of China. The lengthy lists keep the eatery’s chefs busy crafting favorites such as general tso’s chicken, beef with broccoli, and shrimp in garlic sauce, as well as noodle dishes of the lo mein, chow mein, and chow fun varieties. Meat-free fare arrives in the form of orange-flavored tofu and sautéed snow peas, harvested by ski instructors during slow days.
As guests round the corner on their way to Captain James Landing, the first thing they see is the majestic prow of a ship looming over the street, as though ready to set sail across the pavement. This illusion dramatically heralds the maritime theme of the restaurant, where diners enjoy the fruits of the sea alongside the water. When the weather is warm, guests can dine on the waterside patio, crushing crabs and swigging cold beer in harmony with the soothing sounds of gently lapping waves and Aquaman's soft sobbing. Inside feels no less festive, with picnic-style benches lined up beneath a mounted marlin and lamps repurposed from wooden steering wheels.