1 Explore the Crab & Oyster Trail
When people think Maryland food, they think crabs and oysters, and with good reason. You like pretzels? How about a crab pretzel. You like po-boys? How about an oyster po-boy. Honestly, there’s nothing that Marylanders can’t make better by adding a little crab and oyster (and some Old Bay seasoning), so check out our one-of-a-kind Crab & Oyster Trail and explore all the options for enjoying Maryland’s trademark seafood feasts.
2 When it comes to official state deserts, Smith Island takes the cake
Imagine layer upon layer of light, delicate yellow cake, each separated by a generous schmear of decadent, handmade chocolate frosting? For the Smith Island Cake bakers, these confections aren’t just a treat, they are a way of life. And with as many as 16 razor-thin layers stacked high, Smith Island Cake is almost as gorgeous as it is delicious.
3 You can’t have a real Manhattan without Maryland Rye
Maryland’s thriving boutique distilling industry is hand-crafting world-class examples of just about every spirit, but there’s one whiskey no one else on Earth can touch – Maryland Rye. Lost for decades after Prohibition, Maryland-style rye had been the toast of the country, considered the finest spirit made in the nation. Now, with the return to craft distilling, a new wave of dedicated Marylanders are recreating this unique and beloved whiskey. Rye is sweeter and has less spice than Western ryes, and a more refined finish than bourbon. Take a distillery tour, and make sure your next Manhattan includes real Maryland Rye.
4 Before there was Kentucky Fried Chicken, there was Maryland Fried Chicken
Maryland’s Eastern Shore may well be the epicenter of the chicken world. We raise them, we love them, and we sure do know how to cook ‘em! Of course, you don’t have to go to the Shore to get a heaping helping of real, Maryland-style fried chicken. Mom & Pop spots across the Old Line State know how to fry a yard bird up just right. Served with a glass of fresh lemonade and the sweetest Maryland Silver Queen corn, and you are living your best life for sure!