Every state and region in the United States has food they are famous for. In Maryland, you are seriously messing up if you don’t eat these at least once. And, while it is not a famous regional food, the Cuban restaurant in Frederick was one of my favorite places to eat when I was there. So, here is my short list of what to eat in Maryland.
Maryland Blue Crabs
Whether you eat them steamed, fried, made into cakes or soup, or in dip, you simply must have some Maryland Blue Crab if you go to Maryland. Buy them by the dozen in seafood shops, or catch them in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Wherever you get them, though, season them with Old Bay Seasoning. Blue Crab is the State Food of Maryland!
Smith Island Cake
This is a cake with ten layers. It comes in many different flavors, and is the State Dessert of Maryland. It is served with whipped cream and strawberries. “October 1, 2008, the Smith Island Cake became the State Dessert of Maryland (Chapters 164 & 165, Acts of 2008; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-313). Traditionally, the cake consists of eight to ten layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting between each layer and slathered over the whole. However, many variations have evolved, both in the flavors for frosting and the cake itself.” (from http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/symbols/html/dessert.html)
Caramel Creams Bulls Eyes
My favorite candy ever, these caramels have a creamy center. They look like a bulls eye. Made by the Goetze’s Candy Company in Maryland, they are so chewy and delicious. Goetze’s also makes Cow Tails.
Sabor De Cuba Restaurant
Located in Frederick, Maryland at 9 East Patrick Street, Sabor de Cuba was an interesting stop while we were in town. The Cubano Sandwich, the Maduros, and the espresso were the top three things I would recommend. Check out their menu here. It’s what to eat in Maryland.