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Best Crab House

Gunning's Seafood Restaurant

7304 Parkway Drive, Hanover, (410) 712-9404,

Posted 9/19/2007

Yes, a topnotch crab house is supposed to be on (or at least near) the water, a little run-down, full of grizzled blue-collar sorts with heavy Bawlmer accents. Gunning's, on the other hand, is kinda close to an airport drainage pond and is in a pristine suburban shopping mall. But if you listen closely, you'll hear some of those accents. That's because old-time south-of-the-river Baltimoreans still travel to Gunning's, which was transplanted from Brooklyn to Hanover more than 15 years ago, to get their crustacean fix. The same family, with the same recipes, still runs the place, so all that's been lost is some of the working-class ambiance. And who needs that when the crabs are this fabulous? Always fresh, heavy, and chock-full of flavor, and there's rarely a bad one in the pile. And unlike some crab houses, feel free to order off other parts of the menu; we Best Of-ed Gunning's crab cakes a decade ago, and the shellfish and fish options are also stellar. Don't forget to order an appetizer of Gunning's unique contribution to local cuisine: fried green pepper rings topped with powdered sugar.

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Other Awards for Best Crab House:

L.P. Steamers, 9/16/2009

Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn, 9/17/2008

Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn, 9/20/2006

Mariner’s Landing, 9/21/2005

L.P. Steamers, 9/22/2004

Costas Inn, 9/17/2003

Bill's Terrace Inn, 9/18/2002

Mariner's Landing, 9/19/2001

Mariner's Landing, 9/13/2000

Gabler's, 9/15/1999

Cantler's Riverside Inn, 9/17/1997

Gunning’s Crab House, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Gunning''s Seafood Restaurant:

Best Crab Cake, 9/17/1997

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