Crab Happy – Crisfield’s

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Why Crisfield’s isn’t overrun by hipsters, I do not know. Crisfield Seafood is superb. Effortlessly so, seemingly. And it is not swarming with neophytes, hooray.
I am truly, madly, deeply in love with this old flame. Forgive me my lapses, I have been away waywayway too long.

Crab Cake, Crab Salad, Fried Perch, Oyster, SOFTSHELL. Get thee to a softshell. So tender and sweet when they have just shed the straightjacket of youth – one of their youths to be precise. Back to the vulnerability of infancy, they are tasty, poor things.

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.46.47 PM  Soft shells, in season, the tastiest insect-like thing you will ever eat. A reason to live when you are grappling with February’s mid-Atlantic death grip.

Crisfield Seafood is old DC, the DC that patronized Reeve’s Bakery and RestaurantWhitlow’s on E Street Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.57.46 PM, Scholl’s CafeteriaScreen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.54.32 PM, the original Old Ebbitt Grill Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.53.25 PM, the counter at People’s Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 6.00.07 PM, and Schwartz’s Drugs lunch counter Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 6.11.43 PM.IMG_4797

Crisfield’s is not a ghost of DC past. It lives and breathes.


They do not serve oysters in the summer, there are four to a plate of softshells and the counterman heartily recommends the cheesecake. We admired his salesmanship and shared a slice – creamy, nutty, caramely, fresh, just as promised.

IMG_4798I weighed almost 3 pounds more on the way out. Going to GospelFest for a little cardio.



4 responses to “Crab Happy – Crisfield’s

  1. A great reminder of a great place.

  2. Why thank you! I was so glad to go there and find it as good as ever.

  3. I used to go with my dad thirty years ago- and he knew real seafood. Rush of memories and authentic as all get out. Perfect fish and summer tomatoes.

  4. One of Washington’s last icons, as far as I know. I’m so glad it is still there, going strong and serving good food. What other old timey places are still operating in DC??

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