Everyone who visits Baltimore should try an authentic Maryland crab cake. Baltimore, in particular, is known for its fresh and tasty crab cakes made without fillers and often seasoned with original Old Bay and other spices that bring out the flavor of the crab meat. Natives of Maryland know better than to order a crab cake when they’re traveling. If you’re not from Maryland, and you’ve never had a crab cake here, it’s time to plan your trip.
To native Marylanders, Old Bay seasoning is a natural favorite, akin to how many people love salt and pepper. This seasoning is a part of Baltimore history and is a cooking staple. Sprinkle Old Bay on chicken wings, tuna salad, French fries, fish, and, of course, crab cakes to bring some zest to any dish you prepare.
Who doesn’t appreciate a chicken box every now and then? The Baltimore tradition consists of a Styrofoam container filled with fried chicken that is often sprinkled with salt and pepper and slathered in ketchup. You can purchase them at any America’s Best Wings or Chick ‘N Trout. Don’t forget your half-and-half (sweet tea and lemonade) and French fries, too.
The Ravens are Baltimore’s official NFL team. Whenever the Ravens play a home game at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimoreans swarm downtown. For away games, fans watch the game unfold from the comfort of their homes. Usually, true football fans and lovers of the sport are glued to a TV in some form or fashion, even when they’re traveling.
Avid Sunday brunchers who move from Maryland always miss Blue Moon Cafe and their specialty Captain Crunch French Toast. People travel from all over to give this fantastic dish a try. It’s not only sweet, but it’s also freshly made and topped with fruit and whipped cream.
Blue Moon Café, 1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 522 3940
Bergers Cookies are a Baltimore tradition with a German background. These shortbread cookies are full of fudgy-goodness and then topped with chocolate fudge. The small, hand-dipped cookies are a delightful snack that everyone enjoys.
Baltimore is home to Nacho Mama’s, where you’ll find the hubcap margarita, which is exactly as it sounds—a margarita served in a hubcap. This restaurant also has some of the best quesadillas in town and will have you wanting more, perhaps with another hubcap margarita.
Nacho Mama’s, 2907 O’Donnell St, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 675 0898
Maryland has many wine bars that provide an elegant and sultry adult vibe. One such bar, 13.5% Wine Bar, is in downtown Hampden in Baltimore City and offers an amazing array of wines that are perfectly paired with a seasonal menu. 13.5% has marvelous food with an even better wine selection that is on display in the restaurant and covers an entire wall.
13.5% Wine Bar, 1117 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD, USA, +1 410 889 1064