Craving a taste of Baltimore but confounded by the cruel fate of geography? Thanks to the miracle of overnight shipping, your taste buds could be in for a treat.
Many of Baltimore’s noted eateries will ship their products by express delivery. Although a little pricey for everyday eating –- shipping typically add $25-40 to the cost of an order –- overnighting food is within a reasonable range for a gift or special occasion.
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FedEx, UPS and the US Postal Service ship perishable goods all the time. If they can deliver a critical lab sample, they can deliver tomorrow’s dinner.
Food is packed in an insulated box along with dry ice or frozen gel packs, and stay sufficiently chilled for 36 to 48 hours.
Make sure that you, or the lucky recipient, will be around to accept the package. Call early in the day to ensure next-day delivery. Some stop taking orders at 4 in the afternoon.
We left out prices because prices can change. Call or check the web site for current prices. While prices may change, the quality that makes these foods Baltimore favorites never will.
This Corned Beef Row landmark is considered by aficionados to be one of the best delicatessens outside of New York. Although they no longer maintain their own herd of cattle, Attman’s still makes their own tender and flavorful corned beef, as well as pastrami, roast brisket like mom’s, knishes and other traditional favorites.
Frequently named Baltimore’s Best for its ribs and barbecue, Corner Stable also makes an award-winning crabcake. Can’t make up your mind between tender, smoky imported baby back ribs and the mouthwatering jumbo lump crabcake? You can ship them both for the ultimate Baltimore platter.
Awarded Best Sausage by City Paper’s Best of Baltimore in 2008, Binkerts makes a variety of traditional German sausages and luncheon meats, including bratwurst, weisswurst, knackwurst and debrinzer. Shipping only available from October through March. Binkerts’ product list is here.
Roma Gourmet Sausage
Freshly hand-crafted with natural ingredients, Roma makes a variety of sausage: hot and mild Italian, bratwurst, Polish/kielbasa, chorizo, celery, green pepper and onion, and their singular Chesapeake Bay. Minimum order is 3 pounds, which can be mix-and-matched in 1-pound increments.
Faidley’s serves up quintessential Maryland fare at the 150-year-old Lexington Market, where working people throng for lunch. A studio executive at Warner Brothers reportedly has a feast shipped from Faidley’s once a week — steamed crab, crab cake, Maryland crab soup, and cole slaw. The crabcakes at Faidley’s are a Maryland classic, baseball-size portions with chunks jumbo lump Chesapeake Bay crab meat. They have been voted “Baltimore’s Best” several years in a row by City Paper and Baltimore magazine. Faidleys also ships steamed crabs and any other raw or prepared seafood except whole fish.
Jerry D’s Seafood
Ships jumbo lump crabcakes and steamed crabs.
Goldman’s Kosher Bakery
For more than 40 years, Goldman’s Kosher Bakery has made breads, cakes, cookies, pastries and other traditional baked goods from scratch. We’re talking about five varieties of challah, 12 kinds of hamenaschen and seven different kichels. The bakery ships most of its products, except for pies, cakes and a few other items that don’t ship well. No wonder Goldman’s was named the city’s best kosher bakery by the Baltimore Area Kosher Community group and Baltimore’s Best Bakery by City Paper in 2008. Complete product list is here.
Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop
A Little Italy favorite, Vaccaro’s sells fresh cannoli shells unfilled, in standard and miniature size, with the rich Ricotta filling in a separate container so the shells remain crisp when you eat them. Genius. The bakery will also ship tiramisu, rum cake, cassata cake, and four varieties of almond paste Italian macaroon cookies.
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