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Let Them Eat Crab Cake (And Much More) in Baltimore

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When you think of classic Baltimore bites, a handful of sweets and savories come to mind (think Maryland blue crabs piled high and dosed with Old Bay, or sweet snowballs and Goetze’s candy, to name just a few). But while many of the city’s traditional restaurants have served up classic local fare for decades, others are adding a modern spin to the trusty old treats, creating an entirely new dining experience.

Crab Six Ways

Miss Shirley’s Café serves eggs benedict over a crabcake and fried green tomatoes. At Faidley’s Seafood in the historic Lexington Market, you’ll scoop up lump crabcakes the size of softballs. Riptide By The Bay’s crab dip is not to be missed, and the crab pretzel — served at Pratt Street Ale House and dripping with melted cheese and crab dip, is indulgent as they come. Looking for a new spin on the old BLT? Baltimore Club at The Food Market makes the sandwich with a crab cake and shrimp salad. Oh, and the Maryland tots (crispy golden taters topped with crab dip) are a very popular dish at Alexander’s Tavern.

Little Italy Eateries

With over 20 family-owned Italian restaurants in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood, it’s hard to choose a favorite. But, we have a few. La Tavola’s Spaghetti Neri al Granchio is a squid ink-infused dish topped with crab meat, spinach, cherry tomatoes and a white wine garlic sauce that’s just decadent enough.

Rustic Modern in Baltimore

Woodberry Kitchen and Gunther & Co. are two “catch-of-the-day” Chesapeake Bay restaurants that serve up sea-to-table dishes like oysters on the half shell, pan-roasted rockfish and seared scallops.

Comfort Food at Lexington Market

If you’re looking for serious comfort food, think the “chicken box” at Connie’s Chicken and Waffles in Lexington Market; perfectly seasoned chicken wings with thick cut wedge potatoes.

Buzzing Craft Brew and Cocktail Scene

Food is great, but so is drink, and Baltimore’s growing craft beer and cocktail scene one worth exploring. Sagamore Spirit, a distillery that specializes in rye whiskey, has reinvented the official drink of the Preakness Stakes, the “Black-Eyed Susan,” by introducing their Black-Eyed Rye namesake. Head to Bookmakers Cocktail Club or The Elk Room to sip the mixture of lime, ginger beer, blackberry syrup and rye. While National Bohemian, or “Natty Boh,” is still a local favorite, Heavy Seas, Union Craft, Brewer’s Art and Brewhouse No. 16 are great options for craft beer experiences

For more reasons to visit Baltimore, head to baltimore.org.