Every morning, the path next to The Original Crab House turns into a pop-up fish market. That's because every night, crab boats around the country send enough blue crabs, Alaskan king crabs, and Alaskan snow crabs to fulfill the restaurant's demand for fresh, live specimens. This daily delivery of live seafood ensures that every dish the restaurant serves maintains its authentic flavor, only slightly accentuated with a sprinkling of seasonings and spices. Chefs steam blue crabs before sprinkling Old Bay spice for the typical Maryland preparation, or toss them with herbs and their special garlic sauce to create the house's signature dish. With Alaskan crabs, however, they let the fresh flavors speak for themselves with little to no seasoning.?
But crabs aren't the house's only specialty. The chefs also create a range of seafood dishes, drawing from recipes from many culinary traditions. They toss linguini with shrimp and scallops for an Italian take on seafood, fry frog legs for a French delicacy, and broil shrimp in a spicy blend of Cajun seasonings. For a taste of pure Miami, however, chefs eschew seafood to create homemade slices of key lime pie and bottles of sand collected at every city beach.