Deep-Fried Hard-Shell Crab at Pappas Seafood

It's a Baltimore food oddity that Sun columnist Rob Kasper once called the Tootsie Pop of crab dishes. It also reminded him of a catcher's mitt. It's a hard crab stuffed with a crab cake, covered with batter and deep fried. It looks like a chore to eat, and the chief pleasure of eating it may be saying that you did. Still, it's something to see. Available at various crab joints in town but a longtime specialty of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100603100000" title="Parkville" href="/topic/us/maryland/baltimore-county/parkville-PLGEO100100603100000.topic">Parkville</a>'s old Hale's Seafood, which became a <b><a href="http://findlocal.baltimoresun.com/listings/pappas-restaurant-parkville">Pappas Seafood</A></b> carryout in 2008.

( Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / July 28, 2006 )

It's a Baltimore food oddity that Sun columnist Rob Kasper once called the Tootsie Pop of crab dishes. It also reminded him of a catcher's mitt. It's a hard crab stuffed with a crab cake, covered with batter and deep fried. It looks like a chore to eat, and the chief pleasure of eating it may be saying that you did. Still, it's something to see. Available at various crab joints in town but a longtime specialty of Parkville's old Hale's Seafood, which became a Pappas Seafood carryout in 2008.

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