When it comes to seafood in Baltimore, it all boils down to the blue crab. Who makes the best lump meat crab cake, steams and seasons the best crabs, or stuffs the best crab into something else? Here are our top five picks. . . .


Dine in on CJ’s favorites, such as stuffed imperial shrimp, or carry out some hot, steamy crabs—topped with Old Bay seasoning, of course!


Mo’s is a Charm City seafood staple, with five locations throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. While you’re there, branch off from just seafood and try those delicious Buffalo wings, too. It’s a perfect combination of zest and sweet.


Well-known for its award-winning crab cakes, Faidley’s is one of the oldest vendors for fresh seafood in the Chesapeake region. Founded in 1886, this seafood great is headquartered on its original location in “World Famous Lexington Market.”


For more than 30 years, this family-owned seafood business with Ocean City roots has served up delicious Maryland-style seafood at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor—and these days, in Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, Philadelphia, Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C. too. The Ocean City location has thrived for more than 50 years.


Put your dinner cloth on your lap and dine in a quiet atmosphere or break out the paper towels and crack open a crab leg. The choice is yours at Captain Harvey’s! This Owings Mills seafood spot with roots in South Baltimore has satisfied customers since 1935 with its signature seafood recipes.

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