Where Can You Find the Best Crab Cakes in Maryland?

Hint:  It’s not the Eastern Shore.  

IMHO, the best crab cakes in Maryland can be found at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Baltimore’s famous Obryckis, known for their tremendous crab cakes, has closed their downtown location and opened two venues at BWI.  This Baltimore landmark, founded in 1944, is a favorite of seafood lovers.

A Delicious Crabcake
A Delicious Crabcake

The next time you fly out of BWI, check out Obryckis Restaurant and Bar located at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport between gates B-9 and B-11.  The service is fast and the food is delicious — a far cry from the usual airport fare of soggy sandwiches.  Obryckis also operates a bar on Concourse A.

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Crawfish Étouffée — in Herndon???

Lobster Special at The Weiner's Circle
Lobster Special at The Weiner’s Circle

Looking for a super reasonable seafood lunch in the Reston-Herndon area (near IAD)?  Your best bet is a small restaurant and carry-out located in an industrial park with the unlikely name, The Weiner’s Circle.

The secret here is to sign up for the daily specials via email.

You will often find listings for lobster tacos, crab cakes, fish tacos with mango salsa, fried oysters, calamari, and New Orleans style seafood stew and crawfish étouffée.  The food is great and the prices are reasonable.

They sometimes feature a whole steamed lobster for around $16.  My advice is to get there early if you want to snag the seafood special.

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National Pinball Museum in Baltimore to Pull up its Anchor

National Pinball Museum Joel Shprentz Photo
National Pinball Museum, Baltimore
Joel Shprentz Photo

One of my favorite quirky attractions of all time — the National Pinball Museum — has announced that it will be closing its doors on March 3, 2013.  This gem of a museum near the Inner Harbor in Baltimore traces the history of pinball over the last 100 years.  There are three floors packed with exhibits, and best of all, dozens of pinball machines set to free play.

There are just two weekends left to get in on the fun.

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