Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's *UPDATED with brief report*

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2011/07/20 11:50:45 (permalink)

Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's *UPDATED with brief report*

A friend and I are going to head down to Obrycki's Crab House in Baltimore this weekend for one last meal before the close forever (November 5 is their last day). 
 
My question to those in the know:  do you think we need to call ahead and reserve crabs for a late lunch on Saturday?  It would be awful if the ran out before we arrived. 
 
Thanks in advance.
post edited by Pigiron - 2011/07/25 11:50:34
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/20 12:57:42 (permalink)
    I don't think of myself as in the know about these things (!), but I believe when people call ahead to reserve crabs it is because they want to be sure they get the size crabs they want -- e.g., colossal or large, which tend to sell out quickly.
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/20 14:00:22 (permalink)
    We always call ahead to see what time we should be at a restaurant so that we can be certain to be able to order the jumbo's.  No place that I know will reserve the jumbos  for anyone.  You just have to sure and get there when they say that they will have some available.
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/20 14:17:17 (permalink)
    Pigiron-
    I was planning on making the same trip later this Summer.  Please report back and let us know how it went.
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/20 14:50:17 (permalink)
    Thanks for the clarification, Greymo.  I knew there was some reason for calling ahead....
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/20 15:09:37 (permalink)
    Greymo

    We always call ahead to see what time we should be at a restaurant so that we can be certain to be able to order the jumbo's.  No place that I know will reserve the jumbos  for anyone.  You just have to sure and get there when they say that they will have some available.

    Thanks, Greymo.  Since we're driving down from North Jersey, we're just going to get there when we get there, probably around 2pm.  Hopefully they'll have some of those big boys available. 
     
    BB: I shall report here. 
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/25 12:02:42 (permalink)
    So I did in fact spend this past Saturday taking an 8 hour round-trip visit to Obrycki's for one last time.  We go there around 3 for lunch and the place was very crowded.  Can't believe they're closing their doors!  When we sat down we were told they had medium, large and extra-large crabs available, but by the time the waitress returned to take our order, the XLs were gone. 
     
    We started with Oyster tidbits (nothing special), a wedge salad (fantastic) and a couple of Obrycki's Lagers (very good).  We got a dozen large crabs and they were absolutely fantastic.  And they were the biggest "large" crabs I've ever had.  Took us nearly 2 hours to hammer and crack our way through them.  Just spectacular. The fries and cole slaw were as fabulous as always.  I'm going to miss Obrycki's.  The truth is, blue crabs steamed in Old bay can be eaten elsewhere, and they're always great.  But there's just something special about Obrycki's.    
     
    Post script: Our original plan was to stop in Philly to catch part of the Phillies/Padres game, but it was 103 degrees, and sitting in the ballpark had zero appeal, so we drove straight back.  Quite a lot of driving for a pile of crabs!  Still a fantastic day. 
    post edited by Pigiron - 2011/07/25 12:04:23
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/25 12:41:35 (permalink)
    Thanks for the report back Pigiron!  To drive that far just for crabs is commendable.  We will be hitting a bunch of crab restaurants on the Eastern Shore on Saturday and then O'Brycki's on Sunday.  Can't wait! 
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    Re:Question about the soon-to-be-gone Obrycki's 2011/07/25 13:36:23 (permalink)
    I'm glad to hear that you got in your "last visit" Pigiron.  I had it on my list of places to go to whenever I get to Baltimore.
      
      
      
     
    post edited by MiamiDon - 2011/07/25 13:38:00
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