Only a small number of restaurants in Maryland reliably make their crab cakes from local Maryland crabmeat and the state does not require restaurants to identify the specific source of the meat. It’s time to stand behind Maryland crab cakes and crab meat and proudly support this local luxury. True Blue, a promotion initiative from the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), can help you to find out which restaurants and retail stores are serving this local delicacy.

In looking at the menu, customers who see the “True Blue” logo know they are eating Maryland crab meat, which supports the local watermen and women. For years it has been an open secret that many “Maryland crab cakes” may be made Maryland-style, but not necessarily with Maryland, or even American, crab meat. In Maryland, the crab meat is tested to ensure quality, unlike other crab meat from overseas.

The ‘True Blue’ program allows restaurants and retail stores serving Maryland blue crab products to use a special logo in marketing or advertising the product. Once an establishment is signed up they receive a ‘True Blue’ logo to signify to their patrons that they are a True Blue member. Participation is promoted through social media and the website that gets nearly 100,000 visits a month.

Make sure you know, it’s True Blue! Afterall, “Crabcakes and football – that’s what
Maryland does!”

Know an establishment serving Maryland crabmeat that’s not on the list? How can you help them sign up? Contact us for more information.

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Find a True Blue Restaurant near you!

Ashore Resort and Beach Club10100 Coastal HWYOcean CityMD21842
True Chesapeake Oyster Co3300 Clipper Mill RdBaltimoreMD21211
L&M Exquisite Meals Catering8629 Johnson AveGlenardenMD20706
Silver Queen Cafe5429 Harford RdBaltimoreMD21214
Chester River Seafood4954 Ashley RdRock HallMD21661
Latitude Seafood Company5 Bel Air S. PkwyBel AirMD21015
Atwater’s – Baltimore – East Belvedere Avenue529 E. Belevedere Ave.BaltimoreMD21212
Atwater’s – Catonsville815 Frederick RoadCatonsvilleMD21228
Atwater’s – Towson798 Kenilworth DriveTowsonMD21204
Atwater’s at Canton Crossing3601 Boston StreetBaltimoreMD21224
Bushdogs, LLC2485 NE Dixie HighwayJensen BeachFlorida34957
Chesapeake’s Bounty6415 St. Leonard Rd.St. LeonardMD20685
Conrad’s Crabs and Seafood Market1207 BALTIMORE PIKEBel AirMD21014
Conrad’s Crabs and Seafood Market1720 E. Joppa Rd.ParkvilleMD21234
Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant9654 BELAIR ROADPerry HallMD21236
Forward Brewing418 Fourth StAnnapolisMD21403
Garden and Garnish4282 N. Main StreetTrappeMD21673
Graul’s Market – Mays Chapel12200 Tullamore Rd.LuthervilleMD21093
Graul’s Market – Ruxton7713 Bellona AvenueTowsonMD21204
Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn4558 Forest Beach RoadAnnapolisMD21409
Latitude Seafood Company15532 WC Commons WayMidlothianVA23113
Laughing Crab Catering100 S. Washington StreetHavre de GraceMD21078
Lindy’s Seafood1548 Taylors Island Rd.WoolfordMD21677
Root and Stem Catering2941 Fairview Park Dr., #110Falls ChurchVA22042
S. Di Paula and Son Seafood, Inc.7613 Philadelphia Rd.,BaltimoreMD21237
Snappers Waterfront Café112 Commerce StreetCambridgeMD21613
Steamers Crab and Seafood Company, Inc.35531 Atlantic AvenueMillvilleDE19967
The Crab Place504 Maryland AvenueCrisfieldMD21817
Tom and Terry’s Market30447 Cedar Neck Road Unit 2Ovean ViewDE19970
Tuckahoe Seafood12056 Cordova Rd.CordovaMD21625
Waterman’s Pride Seafood7692 Belair Rd.BaltimoreMD21236
Wicks Kitchen3305 W 2nd StreetTrainerPA19061
York Fish and Oyster Company1369 W. Market StreetYorkPA17404