Maryland Crab Pretzel at Silver Spring Mining Co.

Imitated but not duplicated, Silver Spring Mining Co.'s signature dish exemplifies the creative impulse behind great plate-busting dishes. Like the best ideas, the response is "why didn't I think of that?" This brilliantly simple starter starts with a plate-sized pretzel, stuffed with the restaurant's velvety crab dip, gets topped with cheddar-jack cheese and finally gets broiled in the oven. It's oozy pleasure, and like the menu says, it's "fun to share or knot."
Elizabeth Malby, Baltimore Sun
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