When out-of-staters think of Maryland, their mind usually wanders to blue crabs. What most people don’t know is that Maryland has SO MANY MORE traditional foods. If someone ever asks what types of food you can find in the Free State, just show them this list of iconic foods -and drinks!- in Maryland.
1. Steamed Crabs
Like you even had to ask what #1 would be...
2. Smith Island Cake
Smith Island cake is a Maryland classic with 10 layers of mouth-watering deliciousness.
3. Crab Cakes
Most like 'em broiled. Some like 'em fried. There is nothing like a good Maryland crab cake.
4. Berger Cookies
You can never eat just one.
5. Thrashers Fries
No summer is complete without a bucket o' these.
6. Soft Shell Crab
Are you weirded out by soft shell crab? Or do you love nothing more than to bite down on this crisp, fried delicacy?
7. National Bohemian Beer
Mr. Boh's neon face hovers over Baltimore, as a daily reminder that it may be time for a beer run.
8. Cream Of Crab Soup
This sinful soup is best when topped with a handful of lump crab meat.
9. Fisher's Popcorn
Fisher's smells almost as good as it tastes. A summer must!
10. Crab Imperial
This creamy crab concoction will cause a single happy tear run down your cheek as you finish the last bite.
11. Stuffed Ham
Stuffed ham is a Southern Maryland tradition, often filled with greens and onions.
12. Crabby Bloody Mary
There's a bloody mary under there somewhere, I swear.
Snoballs are a Baltimore summer tradition. What's your favorite flavor?
14. Orange Crush
For those of us who prefer our adult beverages fruity, an orange crush is the perfect way to cool down a spicy steamed crab feast.
15. Maryland Crab Soup
While most states only eat soup during the colder months, Marylanders know crab soup is good year-round.
Often overshadowed by blue crabs, oysters are also harvested from the Chesapeake Bay. Some Marylanders eat them as an appetizer, or even a full-on meal.
You can still find coddies (fried cod ball) at a few places in Maryland, including Faidley's in Baltimore.
18. Utz Crab Chips
Crispy and spiced just right. These chips are the perfect summer snack.
19. Crab Dip
You can dip veggies, chips, bread, or your freaking hands into this delectable dish.
Scrapple is huge in Pennsylvania and Delaware, but it's found its way to certain Maryland counties as well. Do you eat it with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three?
Trying to choose a favorite from this list is nearly impossible. They’re all pretty great and all Maryland approved.