The trick to serving up good crabs is consistency, “consistency of product and consistency of service,” says Richard Anderson, owner of The Seafood Stop in Fallston, a family-owned and run seafood market and carryout. That standard has been a winning strategy for Anderson since 1989, when he started his crab business from a truck on the side of the road. It helped him expand to a seafood market and restaurant within three years and led to launching a second market in 2006, Richard’s Fish & Crabs, just eight miles away. Anderson, a former teacher and father of six, also employs four of his children in the business, ensuring his reign as crab king into the next generation.
In addition to selling crabs, shrimp and fish, The Seafood Stop menu has hearty take-home dishes like oyster stew, seafood chowder, fresh fish sandwiches, platters and party buckets. But it’s the crabs, which Anderson hand sorts for weight and size, that customers want the most. He is always on the lookout for the best of the best. “You have to know how to find them, and have reasonable prices,” says Anderson.
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1607 Belair Road | Fallston, MD 21014 | 410-877-2900 | theseafoodstop.com