I realize this is a topic that's been beaten to death on this board, and you guys are probably tired of answering it. But as I'm planning on heading down to Maryland sometime in the next two months, I wanted to get some fresh recommendations re: crabhouses, crabcakes, and seafood in general. I'll be driving in from pretty far away so I'm willing to check out any place in the region - in Baltimore itself, in the Eastern Shore communities, and so forth.
I have a bunch of places on my to-do list. I'd love to hear recent thoughts about these places and if I should add any more spots (or better yet, if any of the places I've mentioned are not that good, please tell me so I can stay away!). I'm looking for quality more than anything else; not worried about price, atmosphere, or decor. Just want a sublime, authentic crab/crabcake/seafood experience, is all.
If possible, please let me know the town name and/or neighborhood, as I'm not really familiar with the area. Also, recommendations on the best dishes other than the obvious would be highly appreciated, as well as other relevant info (are they closed for the winter? Closed on weekends?). Thanks so much.
-Faidley's in the Lexington Market in Baltimore proper (crabcakes)
-Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn in Essex (crabhouse)
-Bo Brooks (crabhouse in the Canton neighborhood)
-Mama's on the Half Shell (upscale/trendy(?) crabhouse in the Canton neighborhood)
-Duda's (not sure if they serve seafood? Supposed to be in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore)
-Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis (crabhouse)
-Waterman's in Rock Hall, MD (on the eastern shore)
Seems like there's a lot of good stuff on the eastern shore. Any real local spots/sleepers? Any crab festivals or other events that are worth checking out? Much appreciated.