4100 Northpoint Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21222

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What Makes Maryland Crabs So Special to Residents?

You can get crabs from other coastal states, but there’s just something special about the experience of eating crabs in Maryland. A Maryland crab is more than just an item on the menu — it’s an activity that involves all the senses.

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Crabs are very popular among Maryland residents.

There are many individual preferences regarding picking style, seasoning blend, and even cooking technique. However, one thing that all people agree on is that Maryland crabs are delicious and unique. Listed below are three reasons why.

What Makes Crabs Special

Maryland crabs are more specifically known as blue crabs. Although they’re not exclusive to the waters surrounding Maryland, they are preferred by consumers in this area. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has reported that about 50 percent of the country’s blue crabs come from Maryland waters.

They are a big part of the region’s culture and heritage, especially in the summer. Blue crabs are unique because of their delicate texture and the depth of flavor.  

Best Locations to Eat Crabs

Many people enjoy hosting crab feasts in the summer with their family and friends. Some use rental spaces while others set up tables covered in newspapers on their lawns. If you’d like to enjoy some crabs on any given day, many restaurants around the state also offer live entertainment for a unique experience. You can also find crab meat for purchase in some supermarkets.

How to Pick Crabs

There are many different techniques and approaches for picking crabs. Some people use tools like knives and mallets, while some use their teeth. Crabs are often served with a cold beer and even dipping sauces. However you choose to enjoy Maryland blue crabs, you’ll likely need a lot of space and plenty of napkins.  


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 also 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