By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’re planning on having some steamed crabs for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you’ll have plenty of company: demand is very high.  Ron Matz reports crab houses and restaurants hope to meet the demand for this Maryland tradition.

There’s nothing better than steamed crabs, especially on the Fourth of July.  At Fruitland in Essex, they have plenty for the holiday.  Owner Tony Walters knows crabs; he’s been doing this for 47 years.

“It’s a big weekend coming up.  It looks like we’re going to be all right.  I think we’re going to have a decent supply of crabs.  Everybody is starting to catch a few and that helps out,” Walters said.

They’re crazy about crabs here in Essex.

“They’ve got the best seafood here.  This place has it going on.  I eat steamed crabs all the time, they’re excellent,” said Trish Griffith.

Walters says if you want jumbos, order in advance and expect to pay more on the holiday.

“You’re going to have to pay this weekend.  The crab house is going to have to charge more money because most people will give the crabbers more money on the holiday just to get to the crabs.  It’s only right,” Walters said.  “Jumbos, you better order them early, make sure you’re covered.  They’re the first ones to go; everybody wants that holiday crab.”

Some area restaurants and carryouts say along with Maryland crabs, you’ll find some from the Carolinas and the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

Comments (4)
  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:

    hey folks for about 30 to 32 dollars go buy yourselves a can of jumbo lump you will enjoy it more

    1. Kimberly Blackwell says:

      nahhhhh actually its not the same there aint nuttn like fresh caught crabs from maryland!!!!!!!

  2. Joe says:

    Three words. Snow crab legs.

    The Blue Crab is overrated by idiots trying to compete with each other over something stupid like “We had the best crabs you’ve ever seen.” Just like the useless popularity contest Facebook Gatherings. Stupid.

  3. Sam is Smart says:

    Snow crab legs are for people who are afraid of getting down and dirty to eat something delicious. Butter on a crab is a sin.

    Crab in a can is un-American. Well, un-Maryland at least. It’s only acceptable if said canned crab will be used for delicious crab cakes.

    If it’s not you’re cup of tea, great. Go dip your tasteless spider legs into butter. Helps them slide down easier so you can avoid the bland taste. And if you’re into it, eat your crab from a can.

    I know plenty of people who would gladly enjoy and Boh and A Bushel this 4th of July.

    Thanks, Crabbers! You always make my summer.

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