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Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn; Annapolis, MD

A proper blue-crab feast, in Maryland, is as much an event as it is a meal. Diners attack piles of crabs that have been steamed with Old Bay and heaped onto sturdy brown paper. The process involves lots of mallet-smashing, shell-cracking and meat-picking. Beer is essential, as are wet-naps. Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn, on the waters of Mill Creek, serves blue crabs in this manner year-round. But summer is the real season, when the screened-in patio offers optimal seating, boaters can pull up and dock for free and the crabs are pulled right out of the Chesapeake (by November, they're coming from farther south). cantlers.com

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