If you’re looking for delicious local Maryland dishes, you’re in the right place! Today on Theresa’s Reviews, I’m sharing my top 12 favorite local restaurants and what you should order there. With restaurant locations all across the state, these picks include breakfast, lunch and dinner in no particular order.

12 Best Local Maryland Dishes

Homemade Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream at Dumser’s Dairyland – This indulgent dish satisfies your sweet tooth and makes your vacation to the Eastern Shore extra special. We ate here before a rainy day at the beach. Even though we couldn’t do much swimming, this meal made our vacation memorable.

Homemade Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream at Dumser's Dairyland

Homemade Belgian Waffle with Ice Cream at Dumser’s Dairyland

The Woodbine Platter at the Town Grill at Foster’s Country Store – Enjoy a hearty meal with eggs, gravy and scrapple (a classic Mid-Atlantic breakfast meat) while overlooking the picturesque farm land.

The Woodbine Platter at Foster's Country Store

The Woodbine Platter at Foster’s Country Store

Crab Cakes at G & M Restaurant & Lounge – These massive jumbo lump crab cakes are full of jumbo lump crab meat and have little extra filling. Maryland is known for its Chesapeake blue crab, and these are the best crab cakes you can find.

Crab Cakes at G & M Restaurant & Lounge

Crab Cakes at G & M Restaurant & Lounge

Cherrywood Smoked Angus with a side of Waffle Fries at Abbey’s Burger Bistro – Enjoy a hearty, traditional burger with a fantastic spicy flavor from the jalapeño. Although the restaurant is known for its unique offerings (bison, shrimp, and duck burgers are some of the menu items), I preferred this classic one.

Cherrywood Smoked Angus with a side of Waffle Fries at Abbey's Burger Bistro

Cherrywood Smoked Angus with a side of Waffle Fries at Abbey’s Burger Bistro

Crab Cake Sandwich at Alexandra’s American Fusion – Overlooking the relaxing view of the Turf Valley Golf Resort, you can get a fantastic jumbo lump crab cake sandwich. With real Maryland blue crab meat and little filling, it’s a delicious lunch item.

Crab Cake Sandwich at Alexandra's American Fusion

Crab Cake Sandwich at Alexandra’s American Fusion

Shrimp and Mussels Pasta at Amiccis – If you’re looking for an authentic Italian restaurant, visit Little Italy in Baltimore. Order this delicious seafood dish and savor the moment.

Shrimp and Mussels Pasta at Amiccis

Shrimp and Mussels Pasta at Amiccis

Pappardelle Bolognese at Facci Ristorante – With egg pasta that is made in-house daily, this dish is the best bolognese I’ve had in Maryland. The soft noodles are covered in a house-made creamy sauce and topped with fresh parmesan. You can also get an incredible wood fired pizza here.

Pappardelle Bolognese at Facci Italian Restaurant 

Pappardelle Bolognese at Facci Italian Restaurant

Danish Barbeque Pork Ribs at Stanford Grill – Whether you eat the ribs at the restaurant or take them to go (as we did recently from the Super Bowl menu), they are consistently delicious. Since the ribs are smoked for 10 hours and finished on the grill the next day, they have a fantastic flavor.

Danish Barbeque Pork Ribs at Stanford Grill

Danish Barbeque Pork Ribs at Stanford Grill

Fries at Thrasher’s Fries – Steaming hot fries topped with vinegar is a classic choice for anyone visiting the Ocean City boardwalk. Eat them while looking out at the beautiful ocean view and the fun children’s rides.

Fries at Thrasher's Fries 

Fries at Thrasher’s Fries  Photo credit: bigbirdz

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Boog’s BBQ – Available both at Camden Yards where the Orioles play and at the Ocean City boardwalk, this filling sandwich hits the spot when you’re enjoying a busy day out at the beach or a baseball game. Since I’m from Tennessee, it’s hard to find good BBQ in Maryland, but this is one I’d recommend.

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Boog's BBQ 

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Boog’s BBQ

Deadliest Steam Pot at Ropewalk Restaurant – With half a pound of snow crab, jumbo shrimp, and more, this dish offers an excellent variety and has plenty to share.

Deadliest Steam Pot at Ropewalk Restaurant

Deadliest Steam Pot at Ropewalk Restaurant

Bushel of Steamed Crabs from J & T Seafood – You can’t get a more authentic crab experience than ordering a bushel of crabs. Grab a mallet and make sure you know how to shuck them first. Lay newspaper down, and enjoy an all day gathering with your family and friends.

Bushel of Steamed Crabs from J & T Seafood

Bushel of Steamed Crabs from J & T Seafood

What are your favorite local Maryland dishes? Share in the comments!

You also might enjoy reading Howard County Restaurant Weeks 2018 and 5 Tips For A Great Time In Ocean City, Maryland.

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30 Responses

  1. Andrea

    Between the crab cake sandwich and those Belgian waffles you have me drooling and also excited about my upcoming trip to Maryland.

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    • Holly Plotts

      Everything looks so good. Great article showcasing Maryland cuisine.

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  2. Helene

    I am from MD and have been to many of these places!! What a fun line up. Thrashers is always such a guilty beach pleasure!

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  3. Crab Dynasty

    There is something about classic food from Maryland. The pictures make me extremely hungry, and kick off a craving. You had to do a lot of eating to gather these incredible shots. The crab cakes look so good, and then we come to Thrashers. I feel jealous of all of the seagulls that get to have them everyday at the Ocean City boardwalk!

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  4. Elizabeth | Take On E

    I love the seafood linguine at AIDA Bistro and Wine Bar in Columbia. It’s my go-to, favorite pasta dish! It comes with a creamy tarragon sauce that compliments the seafood so well. And the pasta is fresh and made in-house, so it has that fantastic bite to it!

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