Crab Crawl in Charm City: Baltimore’s Top 10 Crab Dishes

Baltimore: small city, big charm. So maybe that’s why Baltimore is known as Charm City? As the story goes, the name Charm City came from a 1970s ad exec brainstorm in an effort to enhance the city’s image and attract tourism. Well, it worked, and the name stuck, bringing boatloads of people to witness the city’s continued evolution.

When I think of Baltimore, I think of a beautiful harbor town whose skyline shines, especially after dark. And those ships coming and going through the harbor are bringing you some of what the city has to offer: crab. Over the last few years, the capital city has continued to make strides in the food scene, with restaurants opening up in unique spaces within lesser-known neighborhoods. We’re talking factories, refurbished houses turned cafes, and food halls, all with novel food concepts and gastronomic gems. But if you’re coming to Baltimore and have never been before, I’m guessing you’re seeking out the “must-try” crab dishes in town. This is why I’m bringing you a guide to Baltimore with 10 of the tastiest crab dishes from some of Baltimore’s hottest, historic, or most novel restaurants.

Crabcake Benny

A Baltimore city staple with a down-home feel, Mama’s on the Halfshell offers one of the best brunchin’ benedicts around.

Mama's on the Half Shell Baltimore Maryland

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The Crab Cone

Great meals are no longer limited to sitting down in a restaurant to eat on a four-legged stool.  You can now get some of the tastiest eats from a four-wheeled motorized vehicle, like the Crab Cone from the Gypsy Queen Food Truck, filled with fries and topped with crab cakes and aioli.

Gypsy Queen Food Truck Baltimore Maryland

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Crab Pie

And, no, we’re not talking the after dinner kind.  This pie from Baltimore’s first pizzeria, Matthew’s Pizza, is a seafood lover’s dream with 100% backfin crab meat, cheesy goodness, and some good ‘ole Old Bay seasoning.

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Crab Macaroni Salad

One of Baltimore’s newer restaurants, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, sports a notable macaroni salad (one made with crab fat), and it’s been getting a lot of attention around town.

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Photo Credit: Dylan’s Oyster Bar

Crab Mac & Cheese Hotdog

This isn’t just any old hotdog.  It’s outfitted with perfect portions of crab and cheese.  Together, the three ingredients make the perfect trifecta.

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Crab Grilled Cheese

Taking in the notable Inner Harbor from comforts of Loch Bar’s scenic patio, you can savor the taste of their five-star crab grilled cheese (we’re talking three cheese, bacon, and jumbo lump crab imperial) and soak in the views.

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Photo Credit: Loch Bar

Crab Cakes

Whether you’re in the neighborhood to watch the big game or a catch up with friends, Maisy’s brings together the best in food, people, and atmosphere. You might just make this spot your home away from home!  And while you’re there, don’t forget to try their killer crab cakes!

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Photo Credit: Maisy’s Baltimore/Nikki G. Davidson

 Crab Deviled Eggs

Wit & Wisdom’s dinner menu offers a progressive twist on traditional tavern food with a few tried and true favorites, including their Crab Deviled Eggs.

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Cream of Crab Soup

If you’re looking for a light lunch or something to nosh on before your supper, L.P. Steamers offers a crab-tastic cream of crab!

Crab Soup 

Last, but certainly not least, Baltimore’s seafood walk up, Faidley Seafood.  White or red, it doesn’t matter as their crab soup is simply the best.

Faidley Seafood Baltimore Maryland

Photo Credit: Faidley Seafood

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