Beyond the Crab Cake

Get a taste for our state crustacean in these delicious dishes

A foodies’ to-do-list should always include Baltimore crab. But there are a variety of ways seafood lovers can savor the crustaceans besides the standalone crab cake. Baltimore restaurants serve crab in quiches, sandwiches, on top of tater tots and waffle fries, and on pizza. And there are even vegan “crab cake" options. Find out where to get your crab fix below.

All Things Maryland Crab at Top Baltimore Restaurants

At one of Charm City’s most popular breakfast-all-day spots, the crabby options are endless. Miss Shirley’s menu includes tenderloin topped with crab, and eggs Benedict with a southern twist by adding fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and black-eyed pea succotash. The restaurant even offers the option to add crab meat to your bloody mary - with an Old Bay rim, of course.

Celeb chef John Shields’ restaurant, Gertrude’s located at the Baltimore Museum of Art, serves a crab quiche that includes lump crabmeat, Swiss cheese, onions and fresh herbs. The vegan crab cake and Chesapeake Rockfish stuffed with crab imperial are other delectable options.

At The Food Market, chef Chad Gauss serves a twist on a club sandwich. The Baltimore Club tops potato bread with crab cake, shrimp salad, lettuce, tomato and bacon. Also try the spaghetti and crab meatballs covered in cheese.

Alexander’s Tavern's Maryland tots, which come with cheese, crab dip and jumbo lump crab sprinkled with Old Bay, are a crowd favorite. Or check out the popular crab pretzel (crab dip on a soft pretzel covered in melted cheese) at Pratt Street Ale House.

Baseball fans should head to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for mouth-watering options like waffle fries topped with crab dip and hot dogs topped with crab mac and cheese.

Vegetarians and vegans can get crabby too. Land of Kush serves a vegan crab cake made with vegetable protein and seasoned with Old Bay that is so good you won't be able to tell the difference.

If you're looking to get your hands dirty with a traditional Baltimore crab feast, click here to find some of our favorite spots.