Flash Crabcake Company, Baltimore

Peddling crabs in Maryland is sort of akin to bringing coals to Newcastle. But if you're going to partake of the native crustacean, it's best to have your cakes made by a bunch of lifelong locals like the folks at Flash. And thanks to their established relationships with shellfish purveyors, the Gordon family (former restaurant owners) are able to keep their quality high and their prices low. A thoroughly streamlined menu — think lump crab cakes, cream of crab soup, or crab cakes bobbing in cream of crab soup — also means your order will be ready in a flash.