The soft-shell crab sandwich would join Maryland's roster of state symbols under legislation passed Monday night by the Senate.
The 43-1 vote sends the bill to the House of Delegates, where it faces an uncertain fate. The House has generally been less enthusiastic about symbol bills than the upper chamber.
According to the Maryland Manual, the state has 23 state symbols, including the blue crab as state crustacean. Since the blue crab in its recently molted form is the key ingredient in the classic soft-shell sandwich, the bill would make the species Callinectes sapidus doubly symbolic.
Other culinary symbols include the Smith Island cake as state dessert, rockfish as state fish and milk as the state drink.
The Senate bill is sponsored by Sen. Richard Colburn, an Eastern Shore Republican.