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Crab Boils at Back Forty on Ave B

Crab boils date back centuries on the Chesapeake Bay. So when each summer rolls around we crave again the tradition of cracking, banging, busting  and sucking cr

abs around  a table accompanied by friends and a few pitchers of

beer. Our crab boils at Back Forty are bar none, the finest in the city. Few are as generous with the crabs and none

match the deliciousness of our own fingerlicking spice blend.

For $50 we dump a mountain of spiced crabs onto newspaper wrapped tables and serve it with other hand-eaten side dishes like stone ground cornbread, corn on the cob, boiled new potatoes and string beans. You wash it all down with pitchers of beer. Then we come back around with hand towels for the clean-up and summer fruit cobblers for dessert.

If you haven’t experienced one, you’ve got to try it. If you’re an old hand, well, then you already know. There’s nothing like it.  Here’s a video about how to eat crabs for you newcomers:
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Crab boils take place every Tuesday night with seatings every half hour from 630-930. Unlike in years past, tickets go on sale for each crab boil one month in advance.

All seating for crab boils is communal. Please purchase group tickets in the same time slot to ensure seats at the same table. Back Forty’s regular menu is not be available on crab boil nights.

Seating in the 6:30 and 8:30 time slots will be outside in our covered garden, rain or shine. Sales for these seatings will be available for purchase beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, weather permitting.


Crab boils are every Tuesday until the end of August.  In the week leading up to Labor Day we hold our annual Crab-a-palooza where every night is a crab night until the summer is over.



The cost of a crab boil ticket is $50.00. With the addition of sales tax, 20% gratuity, and processing fee, the final cost is $67.00.  Beverage is served and charged on consumption during the event.  Pitchers of Harpoon Summer are available for $15.