Mayors from Super Bowl cities bet local crab feast

Sorry San Francisco, but your Dungeness crabs don’t even come close to Chesapeake blue claw crabs. They’re okay, but that’s about the extent of it. There’s nothing like a blue claw crab, whether it’s steamed, in a crab cake with as little filler as possible, crab soup, or my favorite, soft shell.

I say this as an unbiased Baltimore native who still craves blue claw crabs years after moving away. San Francisco may otherwise have a much better food culture than Charm City, and it’s one of the best cities in the US, but when it comes to crabs, pick another battle.

Chesapeake Blue Crab

Chesapeake Blue Claw Crab via Shutterstock.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore and Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco announced a friendly bet on TODAY Friday that involves a day of service and some cracked crab for the loser. The winning team’s mayor will host the losing city’s mayor to do a day of work with AmeriCorps to promote volunteer service. The losing team’s mayor will then taste defeat in the form of a signature delicacy: getting their hands dirty cracking either Dungeness crab in San Francisco or Atlantic blue crab in Baltimore while wearing the opposing team’s jersey.

“I can’t wait to host (Lee) when we win for a day of service with our AmeriCorps volunteers,” Rawlings-Blake told Natalie Morales during an excited gathering of fans in Baltimore on Friday. “May the best woman win.”

“We’re going to get Mayor Rawlings-Blake,” Lee told Al Roker in front of a raucous group of 49ers fans in San Francisco. “I love working with her, we’re part of a national mayor’s conference, she’s a great leader, and she’ll be here at Fisherman’s Wharf eating crab.”

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  • Asterix

    How about a nice smoked Kokanee salmon? Or some just-caught walleye?

    When I was young and Lake Michigan was still producing on a commercial basis, our family used to vacation near Ludington (MI). On the way up, we’d always stop for newspaper-wrapped smoked perch. It was wonderful.

  • Phil

    You’re dating yourself with that one karmanot. LOL.

  • Are you kidding? Blue lobsters from up Maine? Or baby bay shrimps from Swan’s Oyster Depot in SF? On the other hand small fried smelts from the Lakes or a trout hits the spot.

  • Not until they join the Navy.

  • The 9’ers LOSE—–karma!

  • hollywoodstein

    And the winner is… Baltimore.

  • hollywoodstein

    Wings! We need a wings recipe.

  • hollywoodstein

    I can’t think of many ways Baltimore bests San Francisco, but blue crabs is definitely one.

  • hollywoodstein

    I understand that some grown men are going to play a game today with a ball the outcome of which will affect the self esteem of the citizens of their respective cities. It is troubling that one team has an older reputation for bigotry, while the other has a newly earned reputation for same. It’s hard to know who to root for. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good opportunity to drink, I think the play is to root for the commercials.

  • Asterix

    Yup–I understand. Grew up at the south end of Lake Michigan, but hav lived the last 45 years of my life on the west coast, not far from the Pacific. Give me freshwater fish any day over seafood.

  • Naja pallida

    I think of them more like an open thread, with a suggested point to start discussion. We just don’t seem to have a lot of activity on the “fun” threads on this site. :)

  • usagi

    So true about blue crab. As lesser crab goes, dungeness is adequate, but it is not blue crab. But then, nothing is.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    General-interest posts are good when they’re informative. “Local mayors make Super Bowl bet”? Really? This is something that happens each year; the post may as well have been titled “First Super Bowl possession to be decided by toss of oversized commemorative coin”. I guess the point was that Chris likes Chesapeake crab. So, OK.

  • Phil

    yuck to either. Midwesterners don’t like seafood.

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