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5 Best Seafood Restaurants in the Country’s Blue Crab Capital


Virginia is famous for its blue crab, and Newport News, Virginia, is a great spot to get in on the action. These colorful creatures make for an unforgettable meal. Where should you go to get your blue crab fix? Alta Citizen has a few suggestions close to home. Here are our five favorite nearby spots that serve up this Chesapeake Bay staple:

Mr. Boil Cajun Seafood Boil

For a customizable crab experience with a Cajun twist, Mr. Boil merits a visit. We recommend you choose your own seafood adventure with Mr. Boil’s three-step build-your-own-dish option. Just pick your catch (hint: blue crab all the way!), sauce, and heat level. For the sauce, you can choose from dry seasonings, garlic butter with Old Bay, garlic butter with lemon pepper, or a mix of three. And what’s a true Cajun experience without a little kick? The heat levels range from mild to fire.

Crab Shack on the James

Set on the banks of the James River, Crab Shack on the James offers a wide-ranging menu with stunning waterfront views. Delight in fresh Chesapeake Bay blue crab prepared in a variety of ways – and killer sunsets – at this popular dinner destination. If you’re craving a cocktail and feeling adventurous, give the blue crab margarita a try. And the adjacent James River Fishing Pier is the perfect spot for a post-dinner stroll. Or bring your fishing pole and cast a line!

Ashton Deli + Seafood

Tucked into a nondescript strip mall, Ashton Deli + Seafood packs an unlikely punch. Chesapeake Bay blue crab is one of many highlights on a diverse menu rich with delectable seafood dishes. It’s easy to overlook this hidden gem, but do so at your own peril.

DeMaria’s Seafood

For the optimal DIY blue crab experience, put in an order at DeMaria’s Seafood and take it home for an epic dinner party. They can even steam or cook your crab haul onsite. Looking for some variety for your dinner spread? DeMaria’s has a wide selection of some of the freshest fish and shellfish around.

Graham & Rollins, Inc. Seafood Restaurant & Market

Take a trip over to Hampton to enjoy blue crab from iconic Graham & Rollins. This crab meat-processing facility, which has been in operation since 1942, features an onsite restaurant with a fun menu. You can even order customizable steamer pots for your next big party – or an evening in for two. Just pick the size, seafood (blue crab!), and sausage of choice and be on your merry way. 

Looking for more fun things to do in and around Newport News? Check out the Alta Citizen blog for ideas.

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