You’ve heard about ballpark hot dogs, but how about a ballpark crab cake? Jay Lloyd launched a Baltimore getaway to find one (see previous “Getaway”).

by Jay Lloyd
KYW Newsradio 1060

Look at any new baseball stadium and you’ll find a little bit of Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.  But one thing you won’t find is the unique flavors of Baltimore.

“People… one, they want to see the Orioles, and two, they want to eat food that they know and love, especially from the Chesapeake area,” says Josh Distenfeld, executive chef at Orioles Stadium.

Yes, they have an executive chef.

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(Chef Josh Distenfeld, at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Photo provided)


The culinary creations at the park are locally oriented — and that means crab.  But not just any crab.

“Jumbo lump crab cake featuring Old Bay seasonings,” Distenfeld says.

And it is jumbo lump, with a little mayo, some bread crumbs to hold it together, a bit of lemon, and perfectly browned.

And then there’s the beer-battered softshell crab sandwich.

But Baltimore does not live on crab alone.

“We have Polock Johnny’s — it’s a famous Polish sausage — and from Little Italy we have a nice meatball sub.”

Can you get a hot dog or burger?  Sure. But with crab, brats, and incredible meatballs, do you really want one?

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