Lexington Market in inner-city Baltimore, Maryland is a proper fresh-food market, similar to Footscray or Preston markets. It's so exciting to see that markets like these exist in the States, as before now I had thought that the only options available to Americans were the pallid, wizened vegetables at a regular grocery store, slimy with overenergetic misting, or the frou-frou of the organic farmer's market.
Tucked down the back of the market is Faidley's, a seafood purveyor that has been in the same family and in the same location since 1886. They are famous for their crab cakes, a Maryland specialty. Who tipped us off? Everyone's favourite Baltimore cop, McNulty, of course! Wire freaks only - scroll about a 1/4 of the way down for the quote.
It's standing room only at Faidley's, which is a dangerous thing when you take a bite of this crab cake and feel your legs give way. Absolutely one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Fat chunks of crab meat - no shreds at all - just barely bound with cracker crumbs before being lightly fried. The crab is so fresh, and there's no room for any extraneous binders or fillers, such is the quantity packed in. As Bruce Goldfarb says, "A crab cake to tell your grandchildren about."
On our way out we picked up an "Ali Teenie Beanie - with The Come Back Taste!" Oh, say it with me now - The Come Back Taste! I love it!!