At 9pm on Sunday, the best show currently (and dare we suggest ever?) on television returns for its fifth and final season. We’re speaking, of course, of HBO’s The Wire. If you are as obsessed as we are with McNulty, Kima, Omar and the rest, you have probably had this date marked in your calendar for months. If you’ve never watched, don’t fear! If you skip work today (oh, what’s that? You suddenly have a debilitating headache?), you can totally burn through at least the first three seasons before Sunday night’s premiere. The Wire takes place, of course, in Baltimore, so we suggest starting Sunday with a brunch starring Baltimore’s most famous food: crabs. Below, three of the Hub’s best spots for the crustacean.
•Go to Cafe Fleuri for the Jonah crab and potato cake, which comes topped with a poached egg (yesss!), asparagus, and a lemon hollandaise. The lemon lightens things up beautifully which is great, as crab benedict can be rather heavy.
•Abe & Louie’s Steakhouse has plenty of crab on the menu, but we’d go for the jumbo lump meat crabcake, which comes with a delightful fruit salsa.
•The Metropolitan Club’s crabcake benedict is a study in decadence: plenty of crab, egg, and hollandaise. It might take you until the show starts to digest it, but we think it’s more than worth it.