Anne Arundel Seafood
Anne Arundel Seafood is off the beaten path, yeah, but it's worth the ride. Pretend you're on an archaeological expedition to find an old-fashioned Maryland seafood house, circa the 1960s, and the car is your time machine. There's nothing elaborate about the place's cinder-block construction, the long communal picnic tables, or the rolls of paper towels thereupon. You'll be noshing your steamed shrimp or crab cake elbow-to-elbow with construction workers, highway crews redolent of freshly shorn grass, and retirees--all drawn by the incredibly cheap, invariably good seafood. Everyone's drinking beer in cans fished from the open ice bins.
Everything's fresh, on ice, right in front of you. Pick out what you want; you can take it home (I recommend the padded, ready-to-cook oysters), or they'll steam, fry, or broil it right up. Not just the usual crabs and shrimp either, but crawfish, lobsters, scallops, mussels. There's oysters and clams on the half-shell, kick-ass shrimp salad, even crab imperial and the essential corn on the cob. Arundel Seafood's prices fluctuate with critter size and availability, but they're always astonishingly reasonable.