The city of BaltimoreMarylandhas been a predominantly working-class town through much of its history with several surrounding affluent suburbs and, being found in a Mid-Atlantic state but south of the Mason-Dixon linecan lay claim to a blend of Northern and Southern American traditions. The most prominent example of Baltimore's distinctive flavor is the city's close association with blue crabs. This is a trait which Baltimore shares with the other coastal parts of the state of Maryland.
Baltimore became an important hub of the crab industry. Many district shops even sell crab-related merchandise. Traditionally, crabs are steamed in rock salt and Old Bay Seasoninga favored local spice mixture manufactured in Baltimore for decades.
Southern State cooks, Marylanders insist, boil crabs and along with it, boil away all the true flavor. The crabs are eaten on tables spread with old newspaper or plain brown wrapping paper. The meat of the crabs is extracted with the use of wooden mallets, knives, and one's hands.
It is popular for cold beer to be thrown on the crabs during the steaming process, and made available afterwards. A traditional Baltimore crab cake generally consists of steamed blue crab backfin meat, egg, mayonnaise, Old Bay seafood seasoning, cracker crumbs, and mustard. It is prepared by either broiling or frying.
Baltimoreans typically do not use tartar sauce on their crab cakes. Soft shell crabs are blue crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft. The entire animal can be eaten, rather than having to shell the animal to reach the meat.
The crab is typically tossed in flour to which some combination of salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning have been added, before being deep fried or sauteed in butter. It is then placed on toasted bread, typically dressed with mayonnaise, sliced tomato and lettuce. Some Baltimoreans find amusement in watching visitors to the city stare in horror as they eat soft crab sandwiches with the crab legs sticking out the sides. It is a common practice to serve sauerkraut with the Thanksgiving turkey.
Baltimore was a leading gateway for German immigration during the 19th century. Bythe year President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, one in four of Baltimore's residents were transplanted Germans and spoke the tongue as their first language. Pit beef refers to open pit barbecued meat most commonly served rare on a Kaiser rollusually found at small stands converted from large sheds in and around Baltimore and the outlying suburbs. It originated on Baltimore's blue collar east side and has through the years spread all over the city. Other varieties of meat, such as hamturkeycorned beef and sausages are also found on the menus at pit beef stands.
Pit beef meat is grilled with charcoal and uses no rubs or sauces so it lacks the wood flavor characteristic of Texas Barbecue and the herbal aromas of Carolina barbecue. Baltimore pit beef uses top round and is shaved very thin on a meat slicer for serving.
The typical condiments for a pit beef sandwich is a thick slice of white onion and a sauce made from a horseradish and mayonnaise commonly called "Tiger Sauce" made by Tulkoff Food Products and is unique in that the Baltimore version uses a much more ificant portion of horseradish making the sauce extremely hot. Bull roasts and oyster roasts are fund-raising events held in Baltimore and neighboring counties.
Tickets are sold per person or discounted by the table seating 8—10 people. They are scheduled during the "R" months September—April when oysters are prevalent. The menu may consist of pit beef, ham, turkey or oysters, the latter being variously served fried, raw on the half shell or stewed with buttery milk or cream.
Typically, a smorgasbord of side dishes such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw is featured along with a fresh salad bar. Beer and wine may be purchased while standard drinks soda, iced tea are included with the purchase of the ticket. In addition to the profits from tickets sales, a variety of gambling and other fundraising activities are often features, such as a wheel where one bets on s similar to a simplified roulette gamerafflesor auctions. The prizes might be monetary or items donated by local residents, organizations, businesses, or sports heroes.
It is typically served as a sandwich with a of condiments, such as ketchup and horseradish sauce. Lake trout is an everyday food, and is often served wrapped in aluminum foil in a standard paper lunch bag at small take-out establishments.
The "chicken box" consists of 4—6 chicken wings, served in a fast food carry out box with some kind of French fries wedged "western fries", curly fries, or regular fries. Chicken boxes are usually enjoyed with "Half and Half", a drink combining iced tea and lemonade  referred to elsewhere in the United States as an " Arnold Palmer ". Berger Cookies are a kind of cookie that enjoys immense popularity in Baltimore and Washington, D. They are made from vanilla shortbread covered in a fudge ganache. John Kafka, Sr. John scored his Polish sausage with little cuts which became part of the Polock Johnny logo.
Today, his granddaughter, Margie Kafka, continues the business at several locations, including Lexington Market. In the mids, they opened in the Lexington Market. Louis continued to develop more recipes, and Esther learned to hand-dip the centers in a smooth and velvety chocolate which they had blended to complement each piece of candy.
Many people came to Wilkens Avenue to buy candy, so they converted their garage into a store. The Grand Opening took place in On Valentine's Day, outside of Rheb's on Wilkens Avenue, there is typically a long line of customers. The Goetze's Candy Company was founded in Baltimore and the factory remains there today.
Their caramel creams are a soft chewy caramel with a cream center that is similar to cake icing and are found in most corner stores and convenience markets in Baltimore. Lemon peppermint sticks are a treat sold at the mid-spring Flower Mart held by the Women's Civic League. While mostly sold at Flower Mart, throughout summer people in Baltimore will make these treats at home or at social gatherings as well. The city's locally favored beer has traditionally been National Bohemiancommonly referred to as "Natty Boh" or "National" by locals, or "Nasty Boh" by its detractors.
Boh, are traditional parts of Baltimore culture. The historically low price and association with the city make it a local favorite. After the Colts moved to Indianapolis in and the Orioles left Memorial Stadium inNatty Boh was no longer available to fans at Baltimore sporting events. Inbrewing of the beer in Baltimore was discontinued. The National Brewing Company was also the "inventor" of Colt 45 malt liquor in Baltimore is divided into several vastly different neighborhoods and regions, each of which hold their own reputation on terms of their crime rates and average income, among other stereotypes.
Canton, Baltimore is well known for its young, professional population, alongside its several nightclubs and comedy clubs. Here, Baltimore's history and culture is exploited, featuring restaurants offering blue crab  and historical highlights such as the USS Constellation.
Baltimore is noted for its near-omnipresent row houses. Row houses have been a feature of Baltimore architecture since the s, with early examples of the style still standing in the Federal HillLocust Point and Fells Point neighborhoods.
They are a popular renovation property in neighborhoods that are undergoing urban renewalalthough the practice is viewed warily by some as a harbinger of " yuppification ", particularly when the term "town house" is used instead of "row house. But soon Formstone became an icon of status for many homeowners. The appeal of Formstone was that, once installed, it required virtually no maintenance. Salesmen boasted that the insulation lasted forever and that the first cost was also the last as no upkeep or repair was required.
Its colorful stucco-veneer gave a stone-like appearance that could be shaped into different textures.
Formstone was particularly popular in East Baltimorewhere residents believed that the stone imitation made their neighborhood resemble that of an Eastern European town, which some thought had an appearance of affluence. Patented in by L. Albert Knight,   Formstone was similar to a product that was invented eight years earlier in Columbus, Ohioand called Permanent Stone.
Permanent Stone was also a veneer. In the s preservationists and rehabbers felt that Formstone took away from the historic and architectural value of the homes and many had it removed. This can be a costly and time-consuming process. Once removed, the brick requires a thorough acid-wash cleaning and then repointing of the grout.
Marble steps are frequently used at the front entrances of row houses in Baltimore. The use of marble for steps is due to the presence of high quality white marble in Cockeysvillea town 17 miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor by highway.
The marble found there is of such quality that it was preferred over the products of the much closer Potomac marble quarries for many public structures in Washington, D. Scrubbing marble steps with Bon Ami powder and a pumice stone has become a tradition in Baltimore. Baltimoreans have a distinct way of pronouncing words in the English language. Typically, many syllables are simply dropped e. Although nowadays the city is culturally diverse, the lasting image of Baltimoreans seems to be the "Hon" culture exemplified most markedly by the longer established families and residents of the HighlandtownIrvingtonCantonLocust PointHampden and Pigtown neighborhoods.
Between the s and s, it was common to see local working class women dressing in bright, printed dresses with glasses and beehive hairdos. Men were often dressed casually, but with a general factory or dock worker look, as many in town did indeed have such jobs.
The name of the culture comes from the often parodied Baltimore accent and slang. It is almost always used at the end of the sentence, e. Baltimore native and filmmaker John Waters has parodied the Hon culture, as well as Baltimore itself, extensively in his movies. For a somewhat accurate representation of Baltimoreseone can look to Waters' narration in his movie Pink Flamingos. Waters himself used a local commercial for Mr Ray's Hair Weaves as his main inspiration.
The commercial was famous around town for Mr. Ray's thick East Baltimore accent: "Cawl todaey, for your free hayome showink