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Seafood: Some people don't think of the Prime Rib for seafood because of its name and that's a shame. When you're thinking of the most important meals of your life: the proposal, the big meeting, the big announcement . . . The Prime Rib's elegant surroundings, best of the best quality and tasty recipes will add to your special occasion. They source the finest oysters – huge! – for things like Oysters Casino. Imagine big strips of bacon on massive Long Island Blue Points, topped with garlic bread crumbs and butter. You can actually order any fish "Chesapeake" style (with crab Imperial): just ask. Theirs is not some runny dip on the plate; rather, it's got huge, sweet lumps of crab. Late Spring is the time for their crazy big soft shell crabs: crispy, sweet, beyond good.

Best Restaurants: Washingtonian magazine once had an article about the difficulty of obtaining and aging the finest of meats and it turns out that The Prime Rib has some of the best in the country. Big, thick, juicy and simply seasoned, the meat takes center stage. It's hard to stray away from such a masterpiece, but their lamb, soft-shelled crabs and dry aged USDA Prime NY Strip are all also excellent. This is the original of three restaurants up and down the East Coast; it opened in 1965. It's modeled after the great 1940's steakhouses in New York, with live jazz combo every night, black walls adorned with fine art. Servers are in tuxedos. While men are no longer required to wear jacket and tie, many do: this is a special occasion restaurant where celebrities, politicians and people getting engaged celebrate.

French: This retro-hip steakhouse has a swingin' kind of atmosphere that makes you think you might spot Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack hanging out at a back table. A recent Baltimore poll named the sophisticated spot the most popular restaurant in the city, and it's easy to see why. Dark woods, animal prints, and dim lighting lend a stylishly romantic vibe; plus, martinis are well-mixed and steaks are superb. Try filet mignon, melt-in-your-mouth prime rib, and bourbon bread pudding as a grand finale. Enjoy jazzy live music played on the shiny white piano.

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Local Expert Tamar Alexia Fleishman Says:

Seafood: "It would be crazy to miss their soft-shell crabs in-season: they're the best!"

Best Restaurants: "Desserts are rather an afterthought here, so save your calories for the savories."

Best for Seafood Because: When you want seafood at its most elegant, head to The Prime Rib.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: This is one of Baltimore's last remaining classic restaurants. Go here for the finest steaks with traditional sides in a retro-chic atmosphere.

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