Crofton Loves Kauffman's for All-You-Can-Eat Crabs (LOCALISM FEATURED)

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Crab FeastKauffman's Tavern, in Gambrills Maryland, is not located on the water, where you might expect to find one of Anne Arundel County's premier crab houses.  In fact, it's not even a crab house.  But boy.... do they have good steamed crabs!   You can get them any day for dining in or carry-out (in season, while supplies last) - yet Sundays are special because that's the day they offer "all-you-can-eat" crabs from 3-9 p.m. for just $28 per person. Not only that, they have live music on the patio from 2-6 p.m.

Kauffman's is located on Gambrills Road, off Route 175 between Fort Meade and Route 3.  It's kind of a road to nowhere, so you're not likely to discover Kauffman's in your daily travels - if you're a regular customer, you probably remember who first told you about their crabs.  

But crabs are not their only scrumptious menu item.  One evening, Larry and I noticed nearby diners with prime rib that looked very good, so we ordered it ourselves.  My own personal favorite place for prime rib is the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst, in North Carolina, so I was thrilled to discover a local restaurant serving great prime rib.

Kauffman's TavernThere's more...

  • Sunday -Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., with live music in the Sunight Garden Room
  • Monday - One pound of jumbo spiced shrimp, just $15
  • Tuesday - Prime rib night $15.95.  Enjoy it with select wines for 50% off
  • Wednesday and Thursday - All night Happy Hour (4 p.m. - 1 a.m.) with $5 chicken basket - on the patio
  • Friday and Saturday - Live music on the patio

I've never had anything at Kaufmann's that wasn't good, and the service is always good, too.   It's one of those neighborhood restaurants that only the locals know about, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.


From Crofton, take Route 3 North to Left on MD Route 175, Right on Gambrills Road to restaurant on the right.  (about 15 minutes)

From Fort George G. Meade, take MD Route 75 to Gambrills Road on the left to restaurant on the right.  (about 10 minutes) 

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

OK, now you've done it.  I have to leave my work and go to the restaurant and get some crabs!  You've made me soooo hungry.


Jul 08, 2008 11:49 AM #18
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Localism Is Alive and Well in Crofton. Great post Margaret. I need to get out and do some writing about SD communities and the features. I am going to the 80/20 rule of 80 % community and 20 professional. Sound about right? Prime Rib Night sounds right up my alley. Allergic to seafood,:-(

Jul 08, 2008 12:32 PM #19
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

I can not think anything that I would like to do more than put on a napkin and put up my $28.00 and say thank you!  Great post Margaret, makes me hungry just looking at the photos.

Jul 08, 2008 01:00 PM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Great localism post Margaret!  And you've got to love those delicious crabs!!

Debe in Charlotte

Jul 08, 2008 01:27 PM #21
Russ Colomo
Colomo Realty, LLC - Burleson, TX

Margaret, you made my mouth water.  I'm from Maryland and grew up eating crabs.  Living in Texas it's not so easy to get them.  I usually have to go back once a year to get my fix.  I just had some flown in from Annapolis last week and they were great.  It was wierd eating crabs here in Texas.  I've lived here for 18 years and this is the first time.  It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it.  I'll remember Kaufmann's when I get back there again.  Thanks for the post.

Jul 08, 2008 01:33 PM #22
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Margaret...I don't eat crab, but you made me hungry just reading the post! Now I want some good seafood! I'm hoping for a trip to the beach before the end of the summer, real estate market willing! This place sounds yummy!

Jul 08, 2008 02:10 PM #23
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC


My mouth is watering just looking at that plate of crabs......It's always the hole in the wall restaurants that are interesting---Did you ever see Diners and Dumps on HGTV?

Jul 08, 2008 02:20 PM #24
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Margaret, yum! I had to comment on Rich's post the other day about king crab. I am a crab lover. There is nothing I would rather eat and even for breakfast! You made a great post!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jul 08, 2008 03:46 PM #25
Jesse Barron, REALTOR® - Real Estate Made Easy™ in Anne Arundel County, MD
Keats & Co. Real Estate, LLC - Annapolis, MD

Living less than 10 minutes away from Crofton, this is a new one for me.  All-you-can-eat crabs will get me through the door in a heartbeat and I appreciate this information!

I have always ventured into Baltimore City for the all-you-can-eat fare at an Inner Harbor restaurant and am happy to now know of a closer place to go!


Jul 08, 2008 04:27 PM #26

Mouth water post Margaret! Crabs Maryland style is tempting to make the trip.  That looks like a picture of "dirty crabs" 'Nawlins style which I devoured at one the of NAR Conventions; the two best crab places in the world!

Jul 09, 2008 12:30 AM #27
Judy Peterson
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox&Roach Realtors - Tredyffrin, PA
"Superb Service, Superb Results"

Seems like goblins in AR today...sorry for the no kicked out twice! Judy

Jul 09, 2008 12:38 AM #28
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hey Margaret~  I Love crabs, and any seafood for that matter.  The locals sure know all of the BEST restaurants to eat in, that is for sure!  Great idea putting the directions in too!

Jul 09, 2008 08:05 AM #29
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Mouthwatering post...- do you send copies of posts like this to the businesses you're featuring?  Just curious...great marketing idea for sure.....Oh and congratulations for being featured inthe daily Newsletter!  :-)

Jul 09, 2008 11:00 AM #30
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Margaret,

Great localism not to mention the hunger pains it generated. Congratulations on making a featured post as well.

Jul 09, 2008 11:30 AM #31
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

YUM!  This place sounds like it's worth the drive from Northern VA.  Thanks for the tip.

Jul 10, 2008 07:34 AM #32
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

If you're looking for the waterfront ambiance to go with your crab feast, this is NOT the place to go.  BUT, if just want some great crabs (or prime rib), it IS!

Jul 10, 2008 07:42 AM #33
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Margaret, this sounds like a perfect place for a MD DC VA PA Active Rain get together!  Crabs are one of those perfect foods that take more caleries to eat than they have in them!  Well, unless you dip them in butter.

Jul 10, 2008 12:41 PM #34
Irene Woodworth
Color and Redesign Academy & Redesign Boise - Garden City, ID
Color-Redesign-Staging, Trainer & Motivational Speaker - Idaho


What a delicious sounding post and so great to recommend a local restaurant.  If I lived nearby it makes me want to go and eat there!  Thanks for showing us how to do these Localism posts.  I am learning all of the time, with AR people like you!  Thank you!

Have a Colorful Day!

Jul 12, 2008 02:16 PM #35
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

I lived near the gulf coast for many years. I am now land locked in Colorado and your crab feast pictures and descriptions are torture.

Jul 23, 2008 08:09 AM #36

I had their crabs word to say...horrible!!!! I will never go back again. They oversteamed them and the meat was mush. The crabs tasted muddy, and had no taste at all. I would rather drive up to Balt for better tasting crabs steamed correctly. Their other items are a bit pricey...Head north 'll be much more satisfied.

Aug 30, 2008 02:03 PM #37
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