With Labor Day just around the corner, summer is at the end of its peak, and opportunities to indulge in one of Marylander’s favorite pastimes — feasting on steamed crabs — are everywhere around the area.
“Everybody likes crabs in Maryland,” said Alyssa Post, manager of Food Plenty, a restaurant in Clarksville that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients. Food Plenty is hosting a crab feast from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s a good way for us to get the community together,” Post said. “Last year, we had a very, very large crowd.”
Held in the restaurant’s covered porch on the second floor, the location offers a pleasant cross breeze for a perfect afternoon affair with all-you-can-eat crabs, sides and dessert, Post said.
“It’s a nice time to have it,” Post said. “Kids are more than welcome to join. You gotta start them young.”
“People pick and talk; it’s something you can do all afternoon,” said Jimmy Emmerts, of Emmerts Seafood, which sells crabs, shrimp and other seafood out of a big trailer at 10024 Washington Boulevard. “I’ve been doing it since I was a baby.”
Since the early 2000s, Emmerts and his wife, Lori, have built a reputation for selling fresh crabs and seafood, first from their home in Laurel and now out of the trailer.
“Jimmy is a fourth generation fisherman,” Lori said, with pride. “With our grandchildren getting in the business, we have six generations.”
They pride themselves on selling crabs that are fat and full, with J&O spice and their own special twist.
“Our secret spice? We love what we do,” Lori said.