In 2009 Baltimore lost an icon. Angelina's Restaurant in Northeast Baltimore closed its doors. It began in the 1950s with the real Angelina and her family. They were the ones to create the first Angelina's Restaurant Maryland crab cakes. Their secret was to use only the freshest meat from blue crabs caught nearby in the Chesapeake Bay. In the 1960's the Reilly family took over. The Italian restaurant then became a bit Irish pub. In fact the Reilly's were the first in Baltimore to serve Guinness.
This was the Angelinas that I fell in love with. Whenever my parents would take us to Washingon DC to see the historic sites or the Smithsonian Museum, we would stop - not in a glitzy Inner Harbor restaurant - but in the converted row house of Angelina's restaurant and we ALL ALWAYS had Maryland crab cakes. Because my as my father would ALWAYS say if you want a true Maryland crab cake, then it must be made with blue crab meat from the Cheseapeake Bay. Just like we always had cheesecake in New York. We actually never had crab cakes at home in New England. But we loved them at Angelina's.