The Blue Crab is one of the most valuable crustaceans in The United States. Blue Crabs are found in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to Florida, The Gulf of Mexico and as far south as Honduras. A shallow water crab, it can live in salt, fresh and brackish waters of bays, sounds, channels and river mouths. The Blue Crab has a dark green or olive green, hard shell with five pairs of bright blue legs. Male and female claws are various shades of blue on the top but the tips of the female’s claws are bright red. The crab shell turns a scarlet red when cooked. The light, low-fat meat has a mild, sweet flavor and a delicate texture.
The Rustic Inn prepares and serves the hard shell Blue Crab in two, different ways: 1) Our world famous garlic crabs witch are clusters sauteed with garlic and our secret family recipe, and; Old Bay spiced, steamed crabs (not always available) and whole Blue Crabs steamed with Old Bay spice. The garlic Blue Crabs were the first (and original) type of garlic-style crab to be served by The Rustic Inn.
Sometimes customers will ask for “Maryland crabs,” or “Baltimore style crabs.” The reason for these requests are because The Chesapeake Bay (bordered by Maryland and Virginia) is famous for its Blue Crabs and the preparation thereof, however, The Rustic Inn Prepares our steamed Blue Crabs in much the same manner.
By the way, and important thing to remember… The Rustic Inn uses only male crabs for our steamed crab entree.