There once was a time when the answer would have been no, but that time is gone and the question is “Are there any Joe’s Crab Shacks still open?” If you have been lucky enough to live in a warm weather climate where the ocean offers year-round fishing opportunities and the local knowledge is a treasure trove of fresh caught crab, then you may have a few options if fresh seafood is not an option. Have you considered fried crab legs? The crunchy, flaky legs should be on your menu long before the end of summer! In these difficult times though, crab legs can be a tough sell and are certainly not the first thing any seafood restaurant would consider for their dinner menu.
For some seafood lovers, fresh Maine seafood is just not available year-round, or even week-round. Many local restaurants cater primarily to those who can appreciate the flavors of crab, such as the local New England coast. However, some may have realized the mass production methods used by the larger seafood chains and closed their crabbing shops. Others have moved their operations to warmer climes where they are not bothered by the frigid temperatures, but many local fishermen have gone on to enjoy the great new tastes of local Maine crab. It has become a specialty of some to bring the sweet taste of Maine crab to their guests’ tables.
As crab populations dwindle throughout warmer climates, more seafood restaurants have taken notice of this decline and, as a result, have started to offer a wide variety of fresh caught options to their patrons. The local fishermen of Maine still know where the good spots are for crab meat, but it is not necessary for every chef to understand the intricate nature of crab populations and harvesting methods. Many experienced and talented chefs have learned the art of cooking crab at home and have turned this skill into an exciting new aspect of seafood cuisine.
As one might expect, local restaurants in the summertime are the best sellers. Most of these restaurants will have the freshest and most delicious crab meat available at any time of year. But for those seeking a more restrained meal, fresh Maine crab legs can be enjoyed as a light snack or in a marinade. Not only is this a wonderful light dish, it can also be prepared the same way as other types of meat, such as chicken. Chicken lovers will appreciate the piquancy of the flavor and the fact that the freshness of the crab meat pulls together quite well with the sweet and tangy flavor of the sauce.
Many local restaurants offer cocktail hour, a monthly open sign that lets people in the restaurant and outside know that there is live music, drinks and appetizers. This is a fun way to interact with the staff and get the latest scoop about what is cooking on the grill. Some of the local restaurants will offer the famous clam chowder for a special occasion. For those who love a good seafood meal, they may be interested in trying some of the other items on the menu.
Smaller restaurants that serve casual food, such as sandwiches and salads, are likely to be operated by couples and families. Some couples will order a couple of entrees and a couple of desserts. Others will have lunch and dinner specials. And, of course, there will be the same number of people at each place eating. It does not matter if the restaurant sells frozen entrees or not, because people will always come to eat at a place where the owners and employees are very friendly.
Many people love American style restaurants. There are many great ones in the Washington DC area. Of course, you need to make sure that you check the reviews of the restaurants before you make a reservation. Some of the American restaurants are so good that they are booked all the time. If you want to try something new, but do not have much money, there are inexpensive and satisfying restaurants in the Maryland area as well.
People from all over come to the Washington DC area for a variety of reasons. They may go to a convention to find out about current events in government. Then, there are people who work for government and travel a lot. Still other people go out of town every weekend. Regardless of why they are visiting, it is always worth checking out a restaurant where the crab is fresh.