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Obrycki's Crab House

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Obrycki's Crab House Review

For more than 50 years Obrycki's has served steamed crabs with its unique black pepper seasoning. Politicians and lawyers meet at Orbrycki's after hours to talk business. It feels as though little has changed inside the dark dining room in decades. Service can be sluggish and prices steep, but that doesn't deter its fans.Ask any native of Maryland—eating crabs is an art. If you're unsure how to approach a bushel of hardshells, go to www.obryckis.comfor a demonstration. Go for the crabs; beyond that, the seafood menu is standard and the food just fair.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed mid-Dec.–early Mar.

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    so-so...so sad

    From 500 miles away, went 1 hour out of the way to eat. The neighborhood is a hilly, poor, residential neighborhood notable for a XXX Movie theater. $5 to park and walk to the restaurant. For ambiance, the room suits the neighborhood. I am tempted to say that it was music that AH HA! might have attempted in the 1980s, but that would be insulting AH HA! and the 1980s. They had no crabs for a crab boil. "Tell us about the soup?" Cream of crab "is crab in a cream soup" and the crab and corn chowder, "is a special, so I don't know, I think it has crab and corn in it." We ordered: BROILED FISH SAMPLER - a small crab cake (more a lump of crab mixed with egg, it needed bread crumbs, an under cooked shrimp with a lump of the crab stuff on top, "deviled crab" - a lump of the crab stuff in a pan, under cooked flounder with crab stuff on it, a few delicious scallops, not butter but maybe the cheap stuff they put on movie popcorn, tartar sauce, cold, flacid french fries and greasy green beans. Cardio hell. SNOW CRAB - How do you ruin steamed crab. Use near spoiled crab. Smelly. If we knew how the food would sit and fester all the way to Richmond, wed have run. LINGUINE CHESAPEAKE - It is described as a dish of crab in a garlic and crab cream sauce over linguine. We asked if we could have it on the light side, and the waitress said the sauce was already made and we decided to marshal on. Mistake. Maybe since we asked they could have been a little restained in plating the dish. But, no. The plate was shaped light a dinner plate with a soup bowl in the center and the pasta was in the bowl and it was drenched in an overabundance of congealed cool cream sauce containing amounts of raw garlic and lump crab meat with 2 muscles and 2 clams. The sauce was impenetrable and indigestible. $150.

    by amicus, 11/13/06

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