Just got back from a trip to Baltimore/Washington. In fact, today was the third time I've found myself in BWI airport in as many months. But today was the first time I was able to have crab in Maryland in years. WIN. The thing is, anymore, the crabs you get in Baltimore aren't from the Bay. There is a long, unfortunate story about why. That said, regardless, Maryland people know how to cook them some crab. Ate lunch today at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum, MD. Ridiculously huge crab cakes made of generous lumps of crabmeat. Old Bay? Oh yes.
Got me thinking... what food MUST I have when I travel someplace? Some thoughts:
- Pizza in New York City - While I have found fantastic pizza in the South - some as good as NYC's - there's still something about grabbing a slice in some standing-only place in Manhattan. Also, many pizza places in NYC (like Bravo on 6th Ave.) have $1.50 tap beer. So... price of a slice? $2. Beer? $1.50. Lunch for that little including alcohol? Priceless.
- Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago - I am firmly a member of the cadre of Gino's East. And anyone who FedEx-s me a pizza from there will be in my will. It may not be something big, but still... in the will. Unless you act like a schmuck about it.
- Lobster in Maine - Self-explanatory
- Crepes in Quebec - This place in Magog, QC is something else. Rather francophone, if you can manage to order clearly, your payoff is an outstanding all-crepe meal. All kinds of crepes. It's amazing. And not something you can really get in the U.S.
- Soup in a bread bowl in San Francisco - Yes. I am a tourist. This still rules.
- BBQ in Texas - I thought Stubb's was the best until I tried The Salt Lick. I barely posses words to discuss this place. The brisket. I would kill for that brisket right now. You can smell this place a mile down the road.