Baltimore - Washington Parkway, uh, Baltimore / Washington
When you're hungry on Dorsey Road, look for the camel. That's the sign that you've reached Timbuktu Restaurant and Carryout (1726 Dorsey Road, Hanover,  768-4331), which has a humped ruminant outside and huge lunch and dinner menus inside. Soups, salads, and sandwiches can be had for little, but you'll have to ante up for the grapefruit-sized crab cakes. Go ahead, order two; you'll enjoy the other one tomorrow. People who don't like crab cakesthough not the type of people we tend to associate withcan shovel in steak, prime rib, chicken, and veal dishes galore.
The folks who run Gunning's Seafood Restaurant (7304 Parkway Drive, Hanover,  712-9404) come by the locally renowned name honestlythey founded Gunning's Crab House in Brooklyn (see Exit 3). The current place, located conveniently but rather drably in a just-off-the-parkway shopping-center strip, lacks the original's neighborhood-joint character but honorably carries on its other traditions: superb hardshells, excellent crab cakes and imperial, and the family's signature fried green-pepper rings.
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201