Pete's Crab House

CARRY OUT

December 07, 1991|By Phyllis Brill

Perring Parkway and Satyr Hill Road. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays to Sundays. Call (410) 661-8210. Travelers who stop at Pete's, where a sign hawks steamed crabs year round, might be surprised to find the carryout offers a variety of options, including subs, hot and cold sandwiches, pizza and spaghetti.

While the menu lists fresh crab meat, rawand steamed shrimp, oysters and soft crabs, it's a good idea to call ahead if you want fresh seafood. We arrived too late in the day recently for steamed crabs, although they were available on an earlier occasion at $17 a dozen for medium and $22 for large.

We ordered a mixed bag, with uneven results. The oysters in a basket -- a half-dozen fried oysters come with french fries and cole slaw for $3.95 -- were lightly breaded and very flavorful. Unfortunately, when we got our order home, we discovered the cole slaw was missing.

Another disappointment was the cheese steak sub ($3.05). It had only a trace of cheese. The crab cake ($4.95) was decent, but was frozen, not fresh.

On the other hand, the shrimp salad sandwich ($4.50) was truly delicious. Made with large, meaty shrimp, it had good consistency and just the right amount of seasoning.

One tip on Pete's: Stick to what's in season. Oysters -- the raw ones start at $3.50 a pint -- and freshly made salads are best bets. And, oh yes, the onion rings are pretty good, too.

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