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Best Crab House

Bill's Terrace Inn

200 Eastern Blvd., Essex, (410) 687-5994

Posted 9/18/2002

It's been a hard year for hard crabs, and an even harder one for finding a reliably good crab house with a steady supply of excellent hard-shells. We have a hunch that Mr. Bill, the omnipresent proprietor of Bill's Terrace Inn, is some kind of Mid-Atlantic Tony Soprano, because the man clearly has connections in the under(water) world. The crabs here are of consistently good quality, big and meaty; if they're not, Mr. Bill is the first to warn you. Crustaceans, of course, are the primary consideration, but we also like the house crab seasoning--a sturdy blend of rock salt, red pepper, and spices (we suspect cumin)--and the no-nonsense but friendly waitresses who can whip the brown paper on or off a table for 10 in one graceful motion.

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Other Awards for Best Crab House:

L.P. Steamers, 9/16/2009

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

Gunning's Seafood Restaurant, 9/19/2007

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

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

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