A friend and I recently ate crabs at L.P. Steamers and O'Bryckis (sp?). The first night we choose L.P. Steamers because of good past experience and blue coller Baltimore ambience. They had crabs sorted into 8 sizes ranging from $28/dz to $80. The sorting seems a little overdone and sketchy at best. Anyway we ordered $60/dz crabs and a sort of steamed seafood feast for two. The crabs were nice sized, I'd say kind of a large medium or small large, but kind of light. No packed bright yellow mustard filling the corners of the top-shell or dripping off the innards as you break apart the crab. For this time of year, and at $60/dz these crabs were a big disapointment. Nevertheless they were tastie, just light. The platter likewise disapointed. The shrimp were very good, the mussels a tad dry, the oysters flavorless, the scallops metalic. As we were paying the bill the cashier asked we were from, mistaking us for tourists. I mentioned I am from Baltimore and commented that for this time of year the crabs were quite light. She responded that we should of said something first-thing. Then what? They would have brought out the good stuff? Were they sizing us up and serving accordingly.
So having not saticified my yearning for crabs I got carryout from O'Brickis last night. Two crab sizes, $38 and $50; carryout or eat in. I got the $50s. These were large crabs, not jumbos but large. Each crab was dripping with bright yellow mustard. There were gobs of cooked hardened mustard bursting out of the seams of the whole crabs. The meat was firm and I like the blackpepper based seasoning. These were the crabs I needed to finish the season.
I wanted L.P. Steamers, a place where locals eat, to be better than O'Bryckis which is more upscale and appealing to tourists but it is not in the same league. Even if all you want to do is go pound some crabs.