WASHINGTON — You don’t have to battle beach traffic to get a taste of summer.
There are plenty of places west of the Bay Bridge that sell and steam Maryland crabs.
So grab Old Bay and a beer — it’s time to get cracking. Here are some of the best places to find crabs around the region.
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Ivy City Smokehouse
1356 Okie St., NE, Washington, D.C.
The booming — and boozing (there are four distilleries and a brewery within walking distance) — Northeast neighborhood known as Ivy City is home to Ivy City Smokehouse, a market and tavern that specializes in fresh seafood. Get your Maryland crabs live or pick them up already steamed and seasoned.
With a cooler than normal spring, the market is just starting to get its first bushels in, but expect more as the season progresses.
The tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse also serves crabs (and cold beer) on its roof deck. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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