Crab & Oyster Celebration – Eat Downtown Oct 16-25!

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Here in Maryland, we are lucky to have such amazing culinary resources – in particular, seafood shines. For many, oysters and crabs are a favorite – me included. I could eat honestly eat oysters everyday – raw, roasted, stew and more – I’m in. And, crabs? Well, steamed crabs are my birthday. They are my parents’ backyard – one of my most meaningful and most vivid food memories. I don’t make crab cakes at home very often…because when you live in Baltimore, there are so many places that do them well. One thing I’ve never done? Gone crabbing. I think I need to correct that… 

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Every year, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore hosts the Maryland Crab and Oyster Celebration – a dining event featuring these culinary delights – crabs and oysters. It takes place at several restaurants around the city from October 16-25. Area restaurants will serve up delicious crab and oyster-based menu additions and specials created by some of Baltimore’s best chefs.

I had the chance to visit Ten Ten Bistro in Harbor East to try a few of their Crab and Oyster Celebration menu items. My favorite thing was the Oyster Po-Boy. The oysters were perfectly plump and crispy. My friend and I shared it, but I’m pretty sure I ate more than she did. Yum.

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During Crab & Oyster Celebration, I plan to go to a few more places and try their menu items. Follow my Instagram account to see which ones I visit! Seafood is the best, and I love that when you enjoy it here in Maryland, you’re often supporting local watermen.

AGGIO
Tonnarelli Nero
Maryland blue crab, jalapeño, uni, pepperoni crumb, Chesapeake bay spices

B&O American Brasserie
Maryland Crab Cake
Lemon confit fingerlings, slaw of celeries, lemon vinaigrette
Chesapeake Oysters
Smoked trout roe, campari mignonette, shiso

Cava Mezze
Crab Cakes
CAVA classic, baked jumbo lump crab, spring herbs, lemon

Charleston
Cornmeal-fried Oysters

Cinghiale
Beau Soleil Oysters
With chiogga beet & horseradish agro dolce, borage

Diamond Tavern
Grilled Oysters
Grilled oysters with Fra Diavolo sauce
Raw Oysters
On the half shell; dozen and ½ dozen
Crab Cocktail
Jumbo lump cocktail, house made cocktail sauce
Crab and brie pretzel bites
Grain mustard cream and burnt sugar
Broiled crab cake
Zucchini risotto, corn, roasted red pepper butter

Family Meal
Crispy oyster sandwich with harissa mayo and pickled red onions

The French Kitchen
Oyster Rockefeller
Crab Cake (appetizer size)

Germano’s PIATTINI
PIATTINI Menu
Maryland Crab Cake
With garlic and sea salt fries
Mamma Mia Sunday Brunch Menu
Miss Baltimore Crabs/ Crab Cake Benedict
Poached egg, jumbo lump crab, hollandaise, peppers, chives, arugula salad

Luna del Sea
Maryland Crab Soup
Cream of Crab Bowl
Fresh Maryland Crab Cakes
Fresh Maryland Crab Imperial
Fresh Oysters on Half Shell
Oysters Stuffed with Crab Imperial
Maryland Soft shell Crabs
Seafood Trio
Jumbo Lump crab cake served with sautéed shrimp and scallops, and topped with a garlic white wine sauce. Served with a side of ratatouille

Miss Shirley’s
Down on the Bayou Benedict
Poached eggs & cornmeal encrusted fried oysters, andouille sausage & collard greens on an English muffin with Cajun hollandaise, Old Bay Remoulade & Tabasco bacon onion jam, dusted with Cajun spice
Seafood Caesar
Cornmeal-encrusted oysters, blackened shrimp, grilled salmon, baby red & green romaine, red & yellow grape tomatoes & shaved Parmesan cheese with creamy horseradish Caesar dressing & fried salt & pepper flatbread crouton, dusted with Old Bay Bay-O Po’ Boy
Cornmeal-encrusted oysters or jumbo lump crab cake, Tabasco bacon onion jam, Bibb lettuce, red & yellow tomatoes on ciabatta, dusted with Old Bay

PAZO
Oysters
With ruby red Granita, chili, shallot and radish
Crab and Avocado Bruschetta

Phillips Seafood
Oysters on the Half Shell
A rotating selection of local Maryland oysters
Chesapeake Combo
Hoopers Island Crab Cake made with Maryland crab meat alongside local oysters fried to a golden brown
Ultimate Crab Cake
Eight ounces of Maryland jumbo lump crab meat; served with crab macaroni and cheese and asparagus

Riptide by the Bay
Crab Stuffed Shell Pasta
With Old Bay béchamel and anchovy velouté
Oyster Risotto
With truffle oil
Grilled Oysters
With passion fruit sabayon

Rusty Scupper
Raw Oysters
Fresh Choptank Sweet Oysters

TEN TEN
Lunch
Oyster Po’ Boy
Cornmeal fried oysters, rémoulade, lettuce, tomato, john’s baguette
Maryland-Style Crab Cake Sandwich
Lettuce, tomato, rémoulade
Dinner
Cornmeal Fried Oysters
Apple-fennel slaw, oyster stew emulsion, bacon lardons
Maryland-Style Crab Cake
Fried green tomato, seasonal succotash, roasted tomato coulis, rémoulade
Local Oyster Night every Tuesday, featuring $1 Chesapeake Oysters

Tir NA Nog Baltimore
Crab Cakes

Ware House 518
Fried Oysters
Tomato Crab Bruschetta

Cinghiale oysters (2)
Cinghiale

cava1
Cava Mezze

tir na nog
Tir Na Nog

rustyscupper
Ryleigh’s Oyster

Amy Langrehr

Amy Langrehr

Amy Langrehr is the blogger and Instagrammer behind Charm City Cook.She writes about food, drink, cooking and more in her hometown of Baltimore.
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