Best Crab Cake Sandwich in Maryland (2016)


Food historians agree that the practice of combining minced seafood or meat into a patty dates back to ancient times. In Crosby Gaige’s New York World Fair Cook Book Baltimore Crab Cakes are defined as “a sautéed or fried patty of crabmeat,” and no trip to Maryland would be complete without trying this region's staple. How do you make a crab cake better? Turn it into a sandwich of course!

  • Crabcake Factory USA

    Crabcake Factory USA
    Ocean City

    True to its name, Ocean City's Crabcake Factory USA cooks up crab cakes filled with huge lumps of crab meat. If that's not enough crab for you, they also make a mean crab Bloody Mary to sip alongside the sandwich, which comes on a toasted kaiser roll.
    Photo courtesy of Crabcake Factory USA / Facebook

  • Shark on the Harbor

    Shark on the Harbor
    Ocean City

    Shark on the Harbor in Ocean City serves a crab cake sandwich made from locally sourced lump crab, Alabama-style white BBQ sauce and hydroponic lettuce from Baywater Greens in Salisbury, served on a multi-grain roll from Crack of Dawn Bakery in nearby Berlin.
    Photo courtesy of Shark on the Harbor

  • Dutch's Daughter Restaurant

    Dutch's Daughter Restaurant

    Dutch's Daughter offers casual fine dining to residents and visitors of Frederick. This place knows its crab and serves it in many forms, including the guest favorite broiled crab cake made from jumbo lump meat, served on a kaiser roll with a side of fresh fried chips.
    Photo courtesy of Dutch's Daughter Restaurant

  • Pappas Restaurant

    Pappas Restaurant

    Ask around Baltimore for the best crab cake, and the name Pappas is bound to come up. These 8-ounce lump crab cakes are so good that Oprah named them one of her "favorite things" in 2015. Besides the traditional sandwich, served with lettuce, tomato and a side of fries, Pappas also serves an innovative grilled crab melt – a crab cake served with melted cheese on an open-faced English muffin.
    Photo courtesy of Pappas Restaurant

  • Chick & Ruth's Delly

    Chick & Ruth's Delly

    Locals, travelers and visiting dignitaries come to patriotic Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis for flavorful and affordable seafood. Their crab cakes have been voted best in town, and their seafood club comes with a jumbo lump crab cake layered on top of shrimp salad on rye toast. The more basic option features a jumbo lump crab cake with lettuce.
    Photo courtesy of Chick & Ruth's Delly

  • Drum Point Market

    Drum Point Market

    Drum Point Market, pretty much the only grocer on Smith Island, is open for lunch and dinner, and is known for serving some of the best crab cakes in the region, if not the world. The sandwich here is simple, allowing the fresh crab meat to be the star – just as it should be!
    Photo courtesy of Jay Fleming Photography

  • Ocean City Fish Company

    Ocean City Fish Company
    Ocean City

    You know the seafood has got to be fresh at a restaurant that offers free boat docking for its customers. The Ocean City Fish Company (formerly Captain's Galley) serves Captain's Famous Crab Cake Sandwich (broiled or fried) in the dining room or on an open deck overlooking the Ocean City harbor.
    Photo courtesy of Ocean City Fish Company

  • Koco's Pub

    Koco's Pub

    Founded in 1985 by John and Joanna Kocovinos, Koco's Pub serves one of Baltimore's favorite crab cakes, made daily from a recipe known only by John, Joanna and their daughter Marcella. The self-proclaimed Baltimore's Best Crab Cake Sandwich features an 11-ounce broiled crab cake, served on a roll with a side of potato chips.
    Photo courtesy of Koco's Pub

  • G&M Restaurant

    G&M Restaurant
    Linthicum Heights

    Founded in 1974 as a pizza shop, G&M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights is now famous for its award-winning crab cakes. There's usually a line at this restaurant, and for good reason! Their broiled crab cake sandwich is made from the highest quality jumbo lump crab meat and served with lettuce and tomato on e either bread or crackers.
    Photo courtesy of Brad Owens / Flickr

  • Box Hill Pizzeria

    Box Hill Pizzeria

    It may seem strange to order a crab cake sandwich at a pizzeria, but crab cakes are what make Box Hill famous! Patrons can choose between a fried or broiled crab cake, served no-frills on a roll. Simple and delicious!
    Photo courtesy of Box Hill Pizzeria


USA TODAY 10Best and Sandwich America asked readers to vote for their favorite crab cake sandwich in the state of Maryland. Voting was open for four weeks, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Crab Cake Sandwich in Maryland are as follows:

  1. Crabcake Factory USA - Ocean City
  2. Shark on the Harbor - Ocean City
  3. Dutch's Daughter Restaurant - Frederick
  4. Pappas Restaurant - Cockeysville
  5. Chick & Ruth's Delly - Annapolis
  6. Drum Point Market - Tylerton
  7. Ocean City Fish Company - Ocean City
  8. Koco's Pub - Baltimore
  9. G&M Restaurant - Linthicum Heights
  10. Box Hill Pizzeria - Abingdon

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Tawanna Browne Smith (10Best Local Expert), Hannah Carroll (Delaware Wave) and Shannon Morgan (10Best Local Expert) were chosen based on their knowledge of Maryland cuisine.

Additional nominees for Best Crab Cake Sandwich in Maryland included Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis, Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Duda's Tavern in Baltimore, Faidley's Seafood in Baltimore, Fratelli's Italian Restaurant in Salisbury, Harris Crab House in Grasonville, Nick's Fish House in Baltimore, Snappers Waterfront Cafe in Cambridge, Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock and Timbuktu Restaurant in Hanover.

Congratulations to all our winning sandwiches!

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