|Crabs covered in Old Bay seasoning|
TAP...tap, tap, tap...TAP, TAP...tap. If you didn't know that Cantler's Riverside Inn is the best crab shack in Annapolis, you would wonder why the customers spend their time tapping on bits of crab shell rather than eating dinner. But that's all part of the experience. "Picking" crabs requires a wooden mallet, a knife, and lots of patience, but once you learn how to successfully extract the meat from a crab, there's no going back to the easy pleasures of crab cakes.
Blue crabs are an important symbol of the Chesapeake Bay and have been officially recognized as the state crustacean of Maryland since 1989. As far as I know, it's the only state where residents can boast of having a cute little crab on their drivers' licenses.
Cantler's Riverside Inn
485 Forest Beach Road
Annapolis, MD 210401
|While we always arrive by car, some people prefer to pull up in their boat.|
|No special treatment and reserved tables for boaters at this crab shack!|
|The tool used to measure the size of the crabs from point to point.|
|We ate a dozen of the X-Large.|
|Grab a mallet and you're good to go.|
|A crab posing with a mallet, Old Bay, vinegar, and butter before dinner!|
|This is all that's left of our crabs. Lots of work but absolutely delicious!|
|Pinch me. A Cantler's t-shirt.|
|The covered deck.|
|The view from the deck.|