Irresistible Summer Seafood Specialties

By Jordana Rothman - 2013-08-23T16:32:53Z

Photograph Courtesy of Heidi Schmidt

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Snacks from the Ocean

We all know lobster rolls and fish tacos taste better when it's balmy outside and you can smell the salt in the air. So it's prime time to eat these dishes from America's quintessential seafood towns…

Steamed Blue Crabs at Cantler's Riverside Inn (left)

Annapolis, Maryland

Eating crabs with a Marylander can be a depleting experience: Truly impassioned natives can’t help but remark on all the meat you’ve missed while cracking and scraping your way through the troublesome creatures. But for the famously sweet and reliably fresh blue crabs sold at Annapolis waterfront mainstay Cantler’s, it’s worth enduring some pedantry. Gather around a paper-covered picnic table and secure a cold beer, a mallet, and a quiver of knives. You’ll need all three to properly attack the hefty steamed crabs (one dozen $40–$75), which arrive piled on a plastic tray and dusted in lip-numbing J.O. Spice (similar to Old Bay).

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