Seafood and BBQ Carryout Restaurant ‘Miss Maryland Crab’ Coming to Pigtown

| October 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Chef Veronica El is bringing her seafood and BBQ concept Miss Maryland Crab to 813 Washington Blvd. in Pigtown. The first-floor retail space on Pigtown Main Street was previously the home of Nick’s Rotisserie before it relocated to a larger space three doors down.

El has been a chef at several restaurants in Baltimore. She said she took on the name Miss Maryland Crab when she worked at G.A.Y. Lounge in Mount Vernon where she sold hundreds of her crab cakes each day.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, El launched Miss Maryland Crab out of a commercial kitchen in North Baltimore. She would prepare the food orders and then send them out using delivery apps such as Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash. The menu featured crab cakes, as well as other seafood dishes and sides.

“We sold out every single day,” said El. “We did so well during the pandemic that I saved enough to get this building and a bunch of equipment.”

El signed a lease in Pigtown in April and has been working on getting the space open. She said she is ready to open her doors, but is awaiting a building electrical issue to get resolved. She’s hoping to open as soon as possible.

Miss Maryland Crab will initially be open for carryout and delivery on Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm to 2am. El said she will soon add breakfast from 6am to 11am, and eventually be open from 6am to 2am.

El said some of her most popular dishes are the crab cakes, the shrimp po’ boy, and the smoked gouda mac and cheese. Many dishes on her menu include crab, salmon, shrimp, and chicken. Miss Maryland Crab will also sell seafood boils.

At the new location, Miss Maryland Crab is adding wood-smoked BBQ items to the menu, including a brisket. Miss Maryland Crab also offers catering.

El loves her new Pigtown location. “I love that I’m on a main street, and I love that the community is so involved,” she said. “The entire community has been so welcoming.”

She noted Pigtown needs more food options for dinner and breakfast.

El is also passionate about sustainable food and started a nonprofit called Mother Earth Love Inc. which brings organic farming to urban food deserts.

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