You’ve probably heard endless raving about Maryland’s classic and local dish–the blue crab. You hear that in taste, quality and bountifulness, blue crabs come out on top over any other crab in the country. So, what makes these crabs the best? What’s so special about them that causes everyone to crave them? Here at Costas Inn, we specialize in the Chesapeake’s amazing blue crabs. Read on to find out why.
Maryland crabs have a specific taste to them that can’t be found anywhere else. While blue crabs travel up and down the east coast, all the way up into Nova Scotia, the ones found in the Chesapeake Bay are the sweetest. The reason has a lot to do with season. In warmer months, crabs are focused on storing fat so they can survive hibernation in the winter. This makes the meat taste better, and gives it a delicate feel. Some also say the water has something to do with it–giving locals another reason to protect the Bay.
Blue crabs are tradition! That’s why many Marylanders are so drawn to them, when taste is taken out of the equation. It can be a family dining experience to sit down with a bushel of crabs and a few cold beers. The spice often paired with crabs, Old Bay, is also a Maryland favorite. It’s often placed alongside salt and pepper at restaurants, and people sprinkle it on just about anything. The sense of community is strong when it comes to crab picking, and so Marylanders have found a monopoly on it.
Crabs can be individually picked and eaten right away, of course, but there are many other recipes that use crab meat. Crab cakes, crab soup, surf and turf–all of these are particularly delicious when using lump crab meat. Cream of crab is a common soup served along the coast, but Maryland’s crab soup is a local favorite. Because it can be used in so many different ways, crab meat soars in popularity. It’s functional and delicious. What more could you ask for?
Come to Costas Inn for the best crabs, year round.
Costas Inn has been a family owned and operated restaurant for over 40 years. We were recently voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today. You may have spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass. We were also voted #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal! You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube!