Day Tripping For Hard Shells


Craig LaBan heads south in search of hard shell crabs and comes up with three spots within a 90 minute drive of Philadelphia.

I love the quirky limitations of regional foodways, I really do. But our lack of destinations for good whole crabs – just as the crustacean season is about to hit its peak – has gotten me steamed up. How is it that Philadelphia is so close to the Chesapeake Bay, yet so far from its love of hard-shell culture?

There are a couple places in Philadelphia trying to break our crab-less restaurant scene. The Oyster House and Gayle both offer crab specials on Tuesdays.

Hard-shell heaven lies due south [Philadelphia Inquirer]