Jerry’s Seafood

Seafood
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Many years ago surefire tipster Joe Heflin described Jerry’s Seafood to us as the “best overall Maryland seafood restaurant without view.” He warned that the ambience is nondescript and we should expect long lines any evening, especially weekends.

No problem. We’ll gladly wait for this extraordinary DC-area seafood treasure. Nor do we need to be soaking up ambience when we have one of Jerry’s crab bombs on a plate in front of us. This is a fairly gigantic (ten ounce) and expensive (over $30) crab cake that is nothing more than fresh jumbo lump meat, Old Bay seasoning, and just enough mayonnaise to make it cling together, baked until a fragile crust develops all around the edges but the inside is still dripping sweet. Even better for those with a yen for spice thrills is the firecracker crab bomb, to which mustard and pepper are added. Jerry’s also makes a six-ounce Baby Bomb and ordinary-size crab cakes about which the menu boasts, “absolutely no filler!”

Mr. Heflin’s other recommendation was crab soup, which is a virtuoso balance of creaminess, crabbiness, and sharp spice with a surprisingly generous amount of lump crab meat. You can also eat velvety crab imperial perked up with peppers, crab dip, and crab bisque made with sherry.

Those who are anti-crab can revel in fried shrimp, scallops and oysters, all with a light fragile crust, as well as good side dishes that include what the menu promises are from Jerry’s mom’s recipes: stewed tomatoes and cole slaw.

What to Eat
Jerry’s Seafood, Crab Bomb
Crab Bomb
Must-Try
This picture makes the crab bomb seem small. It is much bigger than it looks.
Jerry’s Seafood, Maryland Crab Soup
Maryland Crab Soup
Must-Try
Maryland crab soup contains a surprising amount of lump crab meat.
Jerry’s Seafood, Lemon Lobster Bomb
Lemon Lobster Bomb
The lemon lobster bomb: slightly lemony with fresh meat
Jerry’s Seafood, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
Sweet mayo cole slaw is from Grandma Gainey's recipe.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 8pm
Monday11:30am - 10pm
Tuesday11:30am - 10pm
Wednesday11:30am - 10pm
Thursday11:30am - 10pm
Friday11:30am - 10pm
Saturday11:30am - 10pm
Information
Price
$$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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