Faidley's crab cakes are without question the lumpiest, which is a wonderful thing because the lumps are sweet pieces of Chesapeake Bay crab seasoned with Old Bay bound together by so little filler that there seems to be none. They are made by hand and grilled to order at the Faidley stand in Baltimore's temptatious Lexington Market; also available via mail order at Faidley's website.
Ice cream is the star attraction, but don't ignore lunch. The smokiness of the mac and cheese (using Broom Bloom's own cheddar and smoked Gouda) makes it a must-order side dish. The same cheeses make for a gooey grilled cheese, which leaves a long string of cheese when you pull it apart.
It's a beautiful drive through Dorchester County farmland to get to the University Restaurant, located at the back of the Lewis General Store. Here you find a menu that ranges from outlandish fried mac 'n' cheese with truffle sauce to homey buttermilk pie for dessert.
When you long for a hunk of crusty, flame-cooked beef, Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon is just the ticket. The trick is in finding it. The Wagon's schedule for the week is posted online. The burgers are cooked over fire to order. Choose a Signature Angus Burger, which comes with set garnishes, or Build Your Burger from scratch.
A lovely restaurant overlooking the water, The Narrows offers a wide menu that includes steak and chicken and vegetarian dishes, but the main attractions for those in search of regional food are crab soup, crab cakes and fried oysters.
Open only for breakfast and lunch, this cheerful cafe offers a menu of fresh eggs and beautiful pancakes as well as egg dishes plain and fancy.