The Best Places to Eat in Maryland

Cantler’s Riverside Inn: (458 Forest Beach Rd, Annapolis) Open every day from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm,  this place is the embodiment of the infamous crab houses located along Chesapeake Bay. This place has some of the freshest, most delicious seafood available in the entire state! Be sure to sample the Maryland Crab Soup accompanied by blackened rockfish bites served bruschetta style as a perfect beginning. As you move onto the main course, keep in mind that seafood is king here! You have a plethora of delicious, fresh marine options to indulge in, so plan on coming with an appetite! Complete with deep fried rockfish and soft shelled crab coupled with a tasty crab cake, Captain Lou’s Fish Fry is a classic, while Jimmy’s Steamed Combo packs plenty of flavor with delicate snow crab, shrimp, clams and mussels! There is also an extensive fresh fish list to choose from, offered blackened, fried, grilled, broiled or even stuffed with crab!

Chap’s Pit Beef: (5801 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore) Pit beef is the Maryland version of barbecue, with a totally different approach. The beef is grilled directly above a bed of red hot coals until medium rare, then sliced thin. Chap’s Pit Beef’s namesake sandwich has been acclaimed as the singular best sandwich in the entire state! Not only is Chap’s pit beef tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked, it comes on a soft, warm roll topped with grilled onions and spicy tiger sauce! Pair this classic with a number of delicious sides to choose from, including freshly cut French fries, homemade baked beans or green beans stewed with tomatoes.

Floyd’s Crossroads Pub: (4809 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton) This small establishment is locally owned and operated, priding itself on authentic, home cooked meals. While this place can get very busy, particularly in the summer, there is a laid-back yet extremely professional vibe to the restaurant and staff alike. While it may not be the best place to go if you are in a hurry, the relaxed atmosphere helps you remember that all good things come to those who wait. Floyd’s is certainly not the exception to this rule, as just about everything you will find on the menu is absolutely delicious! The steamed crab here is out of this world, but the true star of the show is Floyd’s crab cakes. Offering a choice of fried or broiled, these crab cakes are considered the best in all of Maryland, boasting a perfect balance of flavor and loads of tasty lump crab meat!

The Maryland Blue Crab House: (7100 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk) Blue crab is perhaps one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most iconic dishes. These crustaceans are in season from early spring to late fall, and while many different restaurants around Maryland serve them up, there is arguably no better place to go for the true blue crab experience other than the Maryland Crab House. Open for dinner Monday – Friday and serving lunch and dinner on the weekends, be sure to start with the cream of crab soup before indulging in the soft shell crab platter, which is served deep fried and accompanied with French fries and hush puppies. Looking for something a little less formal? The blue crab po’boy is out of this world, especially when paired with a side of twisted fries!

Old Salty’s Restaurant: (2560 Hoopers Island Road, Fishing Creek) While Old Salty’s may be a little off the beaten path, the trip here is well worth the reward for some of the most tasty, fresh seafood you will find anywhere along the eastern coast! Located in a building that once served as a schoolhouse, this place offers gorgeous waterfront views along with very reasonable prices. You can get a crab cake or soft shell crab sandwich for under $12, or for heartier fare, the steamed crab platter and jumbo lump imperial dinners all go for less than $20!

Woodberry Kitchen: (2010 Clipper Park Road, Baltimore) Voted one of the best restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, this building was once home to a factory, but is now putting out inventive, wood-fired food items in a gorgeously unassuming environment. There is something here for everyone, no matter what your individual tastes may be.

Those looking for fresh seafood can feast upon blue catfish or lake trout, while the strictly carnivorous have everything from a cast iron cooked duck breast to a fourteen-ounce New York strip steak to choose from. Vegetarians will no be disappointed either, as there are many tasty meatless options available as well, including squash and kale flatbread as well as a popcorn grit cake featuring eggplant, tomato and a farm fresh egg. Those with a gluten free diet will delight in the separate menu, which ranges from a summer lettuce salad and crab pot soup to broiled trout served with scallions and chimichurri.

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