Throughout the month of August, Bar Pilar will have hardshell crab dinners. Yep, you heard me, a little bit of the Bay right on 14th Street. Prepared by executive chef and Baltimore native Justin Bittner, the meal ($60) is served for two and includes a pile of steamed crabs and two or three seasonal sides. Sides have included steamed corn on the cob, steamed clams with chorizo, cornbread and heirloom tomatoes.
If you can’t make it to Bar Pilar to crack crabs, hardshells are available at Art & Soul, Bethesda Crab House, Quarterdeck, The Dancing Crab, and if Metro-accessibility isn’t a must for you – Cantler’s.