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.

Today:

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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