Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Crabs in the Lehigh Valley

I received some reader email this week, from a nice couple we recently met at a neighborhood party. After we met, they looked up the blog and sent in a question:

Hi, We checked out your blog and thought that you would be the right person to ask about, you guessed it, crabs. I sometimes have severe crab cravings, either for Maryland Blue crabs or Alaskan Snow crabs.  Have you heard of anywhere in the valley that has them.  You can help my fix..

Here's my reply:

Hi! Thanks so much for your email, it is good to hear from you!

There are two places I think of when I think seafood in the LV - Henry's Salt of the Sea in Allentown and Marblehead Grille and Chowderhouse in Bethlehem Twp (the address might be Easton). Both reliably have fresh seafood. Or you could go to Allentown Farmer's Market and talk to the fishmonger. If they don't have something they will order it for you.

Readers, how did I do?


  1. The Widows Tavern is an excellent place for crabs! They have the best She Crab Soup and Crab Cakes I've ever had!

    1. Widows Tavern has come a long way - I hear it's quite the happy hour joint too! Go Stockertown :)

  2. How about Youell's Oyster House in Allentown? I have never been there because it's a little pricey, but seems to be a reliable Lehigh Valley staple.

    1. I've never been to Youell's, but I've heard good things! Thanks, Vanessa!

  3. Anonymous2/29/2012

    I love Blue Crabs.....they are REALLY hard to come by in the LV if you want the LIVE (if you want them cooked, you can find them at quite a few seafood stores). In restaurants, I haven't found so many in the LV....but have down toward the Berks area.

    Below is specific to BLUE CRABS

    If Looking For LIVE to cook yourself: be aware where they are purchased from. If the price seems to good to be true, they might be females fished out of the Hudson (seriously...). The price will be at a premium until Mid July.

    If Looking for COOKED...your best bet is to get them from your local seafood store (or if up for a drive, migrate toward the Reading / Harrisburg more. There are restaurants down there that get them in fresh from the upper Chesapeake not to far away for them.

    Just my two cents

    1. All good points. Now I'm getting hungry... I think I can actually smell Old Bay!