Fairfax, VA 22030
We both live in Arlington so our choices were a bit limited in where we could find steamed crabs. Unfortunately, Chasin Tails, which is only a short drive for us, only serves crabs on Sundays. A quick internet search pointed us to Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House. Going to the website with its corny steel drum theme music sealed the deal. The place looked like it was no-frills and strictly focused on a table, paper, mallets and a ton o crab which is exactly what we were looking for.
You're greeted by a bank of old time arcade games in the foyer. Multiple choice machines that offered up the classics from my childhood like Donkey Kong, Galaga, etc...Once you get past the stroll through the 80's, the whole restaurant opens up to you. The space was filled with just what we expected. Tables, check, dingy chairs, check, brown paper, check, mallets, check, beer, check. The flat screen TVs with the baseball game on and the gazillion advertisements on the walls were just an added bonus. If you cleared the tables out, it could easily be a dance hall or taken the paper off the tables then I can see bingo Saturdays hopping here. They definitely don't invest much in the aesthetics but have managed to create a character to the joint nonetheless.
Ship's Cafe in how to get enough seasoning into every nook of the crab.
We came looking for an old fashioned crab house and that's exactly what we got when we went to Captain Pell's. It's not much to look at and I would guess that the place has seen better days but no-frills is probably the best way to eat crabs. After all, part of a crab feast is the social adventure you get when you're picking through all the meat in the crab and for that part, you don't need much more than brown paper, a mallet and a nice cold beer.