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Seafood 101: An In Depth Look At What Exactly Calamari Is

Calamari is one of the most amazing foods you can eat and it is also available at Costas Inn. You might find it on seafood menus and in the grocery store if you know where to look. Many people enjoy this food even if they aren’t precisely seafood connoisseurs. So, if you’re wondering what calamari is, we’ve got you covered for gaining a better understanding. Continue reading to learn more about calamari.

Costas Inn Calamari

You’ll be able to learn more about this unique dish.

What Exactly Is Calamari

Squid is often referred to as calamari. Although hundreds of species are available, only a few dozen are used for food consumption.  It’s related to an octopus, but it is more appealing, even though there is no difference.

How Does This Food Taste Exactly

The meat of squid is firm and mild. It has a sweet, almost nutty flavor. While fried squid should be firm and chewy, it should not be rubbery. Fried calamari complements salt, lemon, and dipping sauces well. However, it can also be seared and garnished with parsley and garlic or seasoned with salt and pepper.

Use Proper Storage Tips

Squid freezes quite well when compared to other types of seafood. You can either buy it frozen from the store or clean and freeze it yourself. It will keep for several months if kept solidly frozen. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days after you cook it. If you plan on deep-frying it, you should try to eat it as soon as it’s done.


Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more!

You may recognize our restaurant recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!


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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes