Crabs at Cantler’s in Annapolis, Maryland

Forget springtime in Paris… A perfect spring evening is spent at a table with a view of the South River, a brown paper table cloth, a dozen Maryland blue crabs, margaritas (don’t forget those!) and your favorite girlfriends.

We waited for a table at Cantler’s for close to two hours, but it was totally worth it. At Cantler’s you can “tailgate” in the parking lot with drinks and appetizers while you wait.


Ariana and I ordered “Jimmy’s Crab Feast.” For $25.00 you get three large crabs, clams, mussels, shrimp, and corn on the cob.

Marisa got crab-cakes and Jenny and Allison stuck with the classic dozen blue crabs ($65.00) covered in Old Bay Seasoning.

Don’t forget the melted butter… smash that crab with a mallet and drown it in butter.

Before moving to DC I had never experienced the joy of cracking open your own crabs and removing the lungs, guts and poop. Yes….  poop. But there is something about the process that makes it taste better. You worked for it!

And, this $7.00 margarita was 10 times better than the one I ordered here. Though many might argue that crabs are served best with a bottle of cold beer.

And here is what I was left with…

P.S. We spent the afternoon kayaking around Annapolis with a guided historical tour. Our guides were very cool. They actually used to live in Hawaii where they met on a kayaking tour, fell in love and eventually ended up in Annapolis. Take their tour, it’s the perfect way to get some sun, workout your arms and then have an excuse to eat crabs at Cantler’s later!

Kayaking photos here on Jenny’s blog Savory Style

5 Responses to “Crabs at Cantler’s in Annapolis, Maryland”

  1. Parsley Sage posted on June 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Fantastic Springtime day! I’m VERY jealous of your crab-whacking. And I think crab goes perfectly with a finger-numbingly cold margarita 🙂

  2. Liz posted on June 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm (#)

    that looks like it was a blast! I can not wait until next weekend when we finally get to hang out (for more than a few minutes) again!!

  3. Bud and Leo posted on June 20, 2011 at 3:25 am (#)

    This post is awesome! I totally want to do that kayaking (and crabbing) w/ my hubby! Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  4. Girl living in Oslo posted on June 20, 2011 at 6:52 am (#)

    Hi girl:)
    That looks really good!
    Have a great week!

  5. Stephanie Marie posted on September 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Just came across your blog from pinterest! Yay! Love your stuff…but I have to tell you Cantler’s is not on the South. And the only reason I tell you is because Mike’s Crab House is on the South, which is ALSO totally worth the visit!! It’s hard to keep track of the crab houses out here 🙂

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