Has anybody ever run across steamed blue crabs in New England (that are worth eating, anyway)? I get these unstoppable cravings for crabs the way they're served in those DEL/MAR/VA crab shacks -- steamed in beer, vinegar, and old bay seasoning. I've satisfied the cravings three ways:
1) crab cakes made at home from decent lump crab meat
2) actually flying to Baltimore to go to Obrycki's crab house (round trip air from Providence or Manchester can be under $100)
3) ordering crabs from Maryland for next-day delivery (my experience with www.crabplace.com was about as good as delivery of this kind of thing can be).
#2 and #3 have yielded the best satisfaction, but they both add between $50 and $100 to the cost of the crabs, which are expensive to begin with.
I know that Skipjacks used to hold a crab celebration, but I haven't seen that in a while.
I've also looked into whether local fish wholesalers can get blues, and they can, given enough notice -- but they won't sell less than a bushel (5-7 dozen), and cooking and consuming that volume becomes a real logistical nightmare. The ideal situation would be a relatively nearby place where I could just sit down at a butcher-papered table, and order up a dozen blues and a pitcher of beer--recognizing, of course, that quality will fall somewhat short of what I get when I actually go to Maryland to satisfy the craving. Any ideas?