I’ve now been a Maryland resident for 9 months, but it didn’t take me that long to discover there are three things Maryland takes very seriously: Crabs, Old Bay and Crab Cakes. Yes, crabs are separate from crab cakes.

I personally never understood the whole crab cake thing until a few years ago when visiting a friend and I had one in Annapolis. It was by far the best crab cake I’d ever had, and it wasn’t 75% bread, 25% imitation crab. It was more like 75% real crab and 25% filler. So I became a fan. And then I moved to Baltimore.Crab Cake Platter

As with any city, there are about ten places that claim to have the best of the state’s specialty. Since arriving, I’ve been trying each out (all for you of course,) and I have to say, yes they were good. But nothing that really screamed at me as the best. Most of them have very little filler and depending on how spicy you like your food would depend which one you like best—I prefer less spice. But then, I went to Pappas. I quickly realized why these crab cakes made Oprah’s Favorite Things.

This crab cake was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. There was absolutely no breaded filler! It was lump crab meat with some spices, all held together by their special mayonnaise mix. 100% large lumps of crab, cooked to perfection. And it actually tasted like crab! This delectable crab cake is by far the best crab cake I’ve ever had. Never mind Baltimore, I’m going to say it’s the best in the USA! And making it even better, you can ship crab cakes across the county for a delectable treat.

So when you come to Baltimore to visit the Bloomberg School, be a classic Marylander and stop by Pappas for their Crab Cake Platter. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!