Bill would label soft-shell crab as Maryland’s official sandwich
When Maryland lawmakers reconvene next month, they’ll debate some weighty issues, including gun control, alternative energy and transportation funding.
They’ll also tackle this: whether the Free State needs a state sandwich.
We’re not talking turkey. Or ham, for that matter.
Legislation introduced in advance of the session that begins Jan. 9 would designate the soft-shell crab sandwich as Maryland’s official state sandwich.
The crab is usually pan-fried, placed between two pieces of bread (toasted if preferred) and accompanied by the likes of mustard, lettuce and tomato. When served, the crunchy little legs stick out from the bread.
Republican state Sen. Richard Colburn, the bill sponsor in the Senate, said that the promotion of “a Maryland delicacy” would help the restaurant business as well as struggling watermen who harvest crabs in the Eastern Shore counties he represents.
And why not? “We’ve got a Maryland everything,” Colburn said.