I didn't realize how many people love cream of crab soup until my Top 10 on the subject last Tuesday. Please go to my blog at baltimoresun.com/diningatlarge to get many more suggestions of readers' favorite places to get this delicacy.
Here's my list in alphabetical order:
Carrol's Creek in Annapolis. Rich and lump-filled but not too thick
Catonsville Gourmet in Catonsville. Cream of crab and corn chowder
Gertrude's in the BMA. With lump crab and "scented with sherry"
Grille 700 in the Marriott Waterfront. Award-winning blue crab and roasted corn chowder
Jimmie & Sook's in Cambridge. Won the Taste of Cambridge crab soup contest last month
Legal Spirits in Easton. Probably the most famous cream of crab on the Eastern Shore
Mama's on the Half Shell in Canton. Served with a petite soft crab on top
Pairings Bistro in Bel Air. Served with aged dry sherry on the side
Ports of Call in Annapolis. The award winner at the Maryland Seafood Festival for cream of crab
Regi's American Bistro in Federal Hill. Understated but delicious
Readers talk back
Great list, but I thought of two more that were missing and should never be missed: Frazier's on the Avenue in Hampden and Greenmount Station in Hampstead.
Posted by: Brad McNelly
Shultz's in Essex. I have family that drives from Colorado each year just to get a bowl
Posted by: Rebecca
Bitners Cafe and Grill in Bel Air has the best cream of crab soup. It has huge lumps of crab with just the right amount of sherry.
Posted by: MB
Why isn't the Mount Washington Tavern on this list? They really do make the best Cream of Crab soub in Baltimore
Posted by: Erik
Give some love to The Canopy on Route 40 in Ellicott City
Posted by: John
The Kent Narrows should certainly be in the top 3. One of the best ...
Posted by: MJW