Maryland has an official state fish (the striped bass), a state crustacean (the blue crab), a state flower (the black-eyed susan), even a state drink (milk). That last one was a surprise to me, as I had always assumed that the official state beverage was Natty Boh.
But here’s the big question: Is Maryland big enough -- and important enough -- to deserve an official state sandwich?
A state legislator has introduced a bill that would designate the softshell crab sandwich the official Maryland sandwich.
On one hand, the designation would be a tip of the hat to the hardworking Chesapeake Bay watermen (although whether it would actually boost sales or prices of softshell crabs remains in question). But on the other hand, would it encourage overharvesting of crabs?
And what about the pastrami lobby?
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Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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