Whether you’ve lived in Maryland your entire life and want to rediscover its delicacies, or you’re planning to visit, here are Jeanne Rowzee’s suggestions for the best places to eat.
Hooper’s Crab House — West Ocean City
If you’re craving all-you-can-eat seafood, this is the place to go. For only $40, you can get an endless supply of crabs, fried chicken, shrimp, hush puppies, and corn on the cob. If all-you-can-eat isn’t your thing, you can also feast on lobsters, crab cakes, and other delicious seafood dishes, which Jeanne Rowzee assures are just as delicious.
Grilled Cheese & Co — Multiple Locations
Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. At Grilled Cheese & Co, you’ll get to choose from a wide assortment of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Maryland classic without seafood; be sure to check out the Crabby Melt, which is their most popular option to date. If on the off-chance you don’t like seafood, Grilled Cheese & Co uses the highest quality meats and, of course, authentic cheeses.
Dangerously Delicious Pies — Baltimore
Feast on delicious options like the apple crumb pie, made from local ingredients, when you visit Dangerously Delicious Pies. This is the best apple pie you’ll come across in all of Maryland. What’s more, every pie is made from scratch and contains no additives or preservatives. If you aren’t in Baltimore, Jeanne Rowzee states that they also offer the option to ship their pies, so you have no reason to skip out on this amazing find.
Seacrets — Ocean City
This isn’t just a place to eat — it’s an amazing venue to catch a concert on the waterfront. This location calls themselves “Destination Jamaica, U.S.A.” and even hosts private parties! This nickname is very appropriate as the entire venue is set up similarly to a Jamaican resort that has been taken to the next level by adding various concert stages and bars. Their food ranges from made-from-scratch soups to seafood specialties like the Shrimp and Scallop Rundown. They also serve amazing house specialty drinks like the “Seacrets Smash” which is made up of in-house spiced rum and an coconut rum mixed with pineapple juice.
Asahi Japanese Steak & Seafood House — California
This is the best place in all of Maryland for authentic Japanese cuisine. From an appetizing sushi bar to classics like Yakisoba and Ton Katsu, you won’t be disappointed. They also serve Teppan style dinners! In addition, they cater to larger groups such as corporate events or they can even bring out the teppanyaki tables for larger wedding parties.
Miss Shirley’s Café — Baltimore and Annapolis
If you’re looking for an amazing brunch option, Jeanne Rowzee suggests trying out one of the two locations for Miss Shirley’s Café. You’ll get to try their delicious brunch specialties, such as monkey bread, chicken and waffles, Maryland omelet with jumbo lump crab, and crab cake served with fried green tomato eggs benedict. They even have a make-your-own salad option! Creative cocktail options are also available, like the Chesapeake BBQ Bloody Mary.
The Abbey Burger Bistro — Baltimore
This list wouldn’t be complete without the best burger joint in town. You can build your own burgers from their mouth-watering selection of patties, which include game meats, crab cakes, and bison, as well as a selection of 15 types of cheese and over 40 toppings. They also offer their own assortments of burgers that are just as delicious, like the Baltimore Burger (with crab dip, bacon, and cheddar) and Harry’s Bistro Burger (served on an English muffin with bacon, a fried egg, and cheddar).
If you find yourself in Maryland, be sure to explore the variety of cuisine that this beautiful state has on offer. With so many great options to browse through, refer to Jeanne Rowzee’s list for her top picks to get you started on your culinary journey.