Named after a river that flows into Chesapeake Bay, Choptank seeks to reproduce the cooking of Baltimore, and mainly succeeds. The crabcakes are glorious, with little filler. Though a bit smaller, they compare favorably with the legendary ones served at Faidley"s. Polish sausage has actually been sourced in Baltimore, at Ostrowski"s, so that base in well-covered, and the fried chicken makes another right-on imitation of the Lexington Market original. There"s a decent crab chowder (but no authentic crab soup) and a passel of homemade potato chips dusted with - What else?--Old Bay Seasoning. The interior of the restaurant is as convoluted as a ship"s hold.
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The sweet, briny taste of Faidley's bulging crabcake was still fresh on my tongue as we hopped off the train at Penn Station and zoomed downtown to check out Choptank. Located in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market, Faidley's is f...