We're going to be in Washington, DC, for a visit in a couple of weeks and as always during blue crab season, I look forward to a visit to the Quarterdeck, in Arlington, VA, for, as I call them, "smack 'em and eat 'em crabs." You have to make reservations well ahead of time, even on weekdays, and tell them how many dozen crabs you want.
The table is covered with brown paper, and they dump the hot, freshly steamed crabs right onto it. Butter and lemon, with lots of paper napkins, that's all you need, although we might spring for cole slaw while we wait, since all crabs are steamed to order. Oh yum! I promise to post pictures of our fabulous feast!
There was an article in today's Wall Street Journal written by Harold Dieterle, who grew up on Long Island, going crabbing during the April-September season as a family outing. It makes for very good reading.
There is also a delicious sounding recipe for garlic-baked blue crabs. Unless you have a source for fresh crabs, you could make the recipe with fresh lump crab meat in a baking dish. Let me know if you give it a try!