Maryland is known for two things: crab cakes and football. Most restaurants throughout D.C. and Easton boast the legendary crustacean, but only a few excel at daring dishes packed with tender meat and cross-cultural flare. To help you navigate the best hotspots for crab cakes around Washington and the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorites perfect for any occasion.
Normandie Farm, Potomac, MD: Farm-to-table style French cuisine with a cozy and cavernous interior. Enjoy a glass of hearty Bordeaux paired with crab cakes sautéed and served with béarnaise while taking in panoramic sunsets of the Falls Road Golf Course. Afterwards, saunter over to Hunters Inn for an after-dinner cocktail and nightcap.
Captain White’s Seafood City, Southwest, D.C.: Lobster rolls, clam chowder, and gumbo are just a few specials you can grab during a day-trip, but make no mistake: Captain White’s is a mecca for Maryland blue crab. Fisherman pull their boats directly up to the dock, unloading buckets of crustaceans sold on site. Pick from any of the vendors, grab a Pepsi, and enjoy stunning views of the sun, Washington Monument, and Potomac River with a friend or co-worker.
Koco’s Pub, Baltimore, MD: A family-owned brick-and-mortar restaurant and pub that serves the biggest crab cakes in all of Maryland, beautifully broiled and without fillers or breadcrumbs. Goes great with a Moscow Mule and crab salad. While Koco’s is a little off the beaten path from the Inner Harbor, we guarantee the trip is well worth it.
The Crab Claw Restaurant, Saint Michaels, MD: In the 1950s, The Eastern Shore Clam Company served as an oyster shucking house for local watermen throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Fast-forward to 1965 where the owners turned it into a restaurant that has since become a staple of the Saint Michaels region. Enjoy a crab cake burger broiled on a bun along with French fries and horseradish cream, polished down with a cold brew late afternoon. You’ll also have a front-row seat to watch fishing boats, yachts, and herons weave in and out within the narrow waterway.