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Quarterdeck, first visit (July 2014)


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Quarterdeck, first visit (July 2014)

Just Visiting | Jul 21, 2014 04:45 AM

Bunch of people coming from all points around the Beltway. Cantler's is going to be too much of a hassle, plus don't want to deal with lines. So we decide to try Quarterdeck for the first time. Reserved (small place, you really need to reserve) 6 at 6. Parking is a hassle. The lot is tiny - space for only a few cars. The adjacent row appears to be part of their lot but if you park there, a guy comes out of the mini-mart and yells at you. I asked him why he doesn't post a sign on the utility pole at the entrance to the lot. He says he has a sign on his window at the far end of the lot - and maybe he does, among the dozens of signs posted there, Idiot. After he has yelled at a few dozen parkers each week, doesn't it dawn on him to put a sign where it is visible? Many streets later, we find a spot. When we get back to the restaurant, we are seated promptly. Glad we asked for outdoors as indoors is crowded, stuffy, and noisy. Outdoors is noisy only when planes fly overhead. Service was prompt and great. Two baskets each of hush puppies and battered onion rings. The onion rings could have been slightly hotter and crisper, but still pretty good. The crabs arrive - extra-large, fairly heavy. Not a light one in the bunch. Excellent quality. The three crab lovers among us were very happy. One who had had crabs only once before struggled so we picked a couple of crabs for her. The other, new to hard-shell crabs, caught on quickly and was happy with her crabs. Price was high - $95 dozen for extra-large. Then again I don't know the going rate this year. We're basically down to once-per-year on crabs because of the cost. All in all, an excellent meal. Prefer Cantler's for the atmosphere but not the lines and these crabs were better than those we had at Cantler's last year. We had three or four light crabs in our order last year, though if you ask them, they will replace the light crabs. And the sides at Quarterdeck were way better than the sides at Cantler's.

Cantler's Riverside Inn,
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