Settling down to eat blue crabs is a tradition around the Chesapeake region. No summer would seem complete without the scent of Old Bay seasoning and cider vinegar wafting in the humid air, as shells are cracked on newspaper or grocery bag lined tables and cold beers are guzzled by the bucketful.
While, sadly, the tradition is a little less common around D.C. than in Baltimore or along the Delaware shore, there are still plenty of places to enjoy a satisfying crab pick any day of the week. And a tip for those going the all-you-can-eat route: be sure to check availability and/or make reservations to get the best crabs.
—Updated by Eater Staff