Sometimes you just need a classic sandwich at the deli counter. You’re in luck if you live in Maryland, or are visiting, because we have plenty of fantastic delis to choose from. Some are small family joints while others are larger, but all are neighborhood favorites. Here are our 10 favorites.
Chick & Ruth’s is famous throughout Maryland and is a must-visit spot for locals, politicians, and visitors. Their breads and pies are handmade, the shakes are to die for, and the sandwiches and burgers make you want to come back. Some to try are the Super Duper Colossal Burger that is stacked three high or the Lt. Governor “Boyd Rutherford” seafood club with crab and shrimp. They even do the pledge of allegiance twice a day, every day, so you can feel patriotic while eating your omelet.
They are all about the Old Bay seasoning here. This is a deli, Maryland-style. Order the crab cakes for a true taste of Maryland. IF you aren't in the mood for crab, their sandwiches are fantastic and the B.B.L.T takes a classic favorite to a whole new level by adding smoked pork belly to the traditional BLT.
This is the neighborhood deli locals visit for meat and cheese platters, unique offerings you won’t find at the grocery store, breakfast sandwiches, and chicken cheese steak. Their long menu provides options for everyone in the group at an affordable price, without needing to visit the big city.
Berlin is a charming town on the Eastern Shore and what better place to eat than the Main Street Deli in between shopping and strolling these quaint streets? Their soup and sandwiches are scratch made on site and they also serve fresh treats like homemade cookies.
Visit Rosenfeld’s for matzo ball soup and corned beef. This is a Kosher deli where everything is made from scratch, old-school style. This is the type of deli you remember from childhood and you are sure to be thrilled by the smells, sights, and tastes that greet you upon ordering a classic sandwich, fresh bread or desert. They also cater locally.
Everything at Toscana’s is made from scratch. They make their mozzarella fresh, tenderize and cut their meat on-site, pasta salads are made here, etc. This makes a trip to Toscana’s one filled with fabulous flavors and none of the boring tastes you find at the grocery deli counter. By serving pizza in addition to sandwiches, this became a deli that everyone wants to eat at.
The sandwiches are enormous here so you will never leave hungry. They have been awarded the “Best of Baltimore” for their second location in B-Town and have continued to earn numerous accolades. This is a New York-style deli where everything is fresh, huge, melts in your mouth and delicious. Their tuna melt is fantastic, by the way.
Passover HQ for the locals and a must-visit spot for those driving near D.C., Heckman’s is a fantastic delicatessen serving things like kugel, stuffed cabbage, and matzo ball soup. They also have deli classics like egg and tuna sandwiches. It’s what you would expect to find in Brooklyn, only further south in Bethesda.
Fantastic food made by locals at an affordable price—pretty perfect. The ham and cheese is only $5.50 and they serve breakfast too, making this a popular spot all day long. Be sure to try the Scrapple.
This deli is known just as much for local catering as for being the best spot to drop in for lunch. Once you have tried their sandwiches and salads, pick up a catering menu and avoid the hassle of cooking for your next birthday party, work event, or church gathering. Also, for a real Maryland treat, try the crab cake sandwich and fries.