CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It is not in season but the soft-shell crab sandwich is getting a lot of attention these days.
Maryland Sen. Richard Colburn has introduced legislation that would designate the soft-shell crab sandwich as the state's official sandwich.
But not everyone agrees with the choice.
Caroline and Brian Coffay of Cambridge are split down the middle. Caroline likes the soft-shell, while Brian prefers a crab cake.
"I like the soft-shell crab," Caroline Coffay said. "I think it's always nice to have an official sandwich because it generates interest and fun."
"Personally I would enjoy eating a crab cake more than eating a soft-shell crab, it's just odd to be eating something that looks like a bug," Brian Coffay said.
The idea of a state sandwich is designed to help restaurant business. Laura Sydnor, who owns Snapper's Restaurant in Cambridge, said it is a tough choice but she would go with the crab cake.
"Well I am a little torn because we can get crab most of the year so I think the crab cake sandwich would be the obvious choice," Sydnor said. "But I do understand why they would do the soft-shell because it's very unique to the state of Maryland. However, you can only get it for about a month, a month and a half."
For some, a light-hearted debate over a sandwich is in order.
"It's a little more fun to be thinking about then gun control that's for sure," Brian Coffay said.
So what'll it be? Will the soft-shell crab sandwich make Maryland proud? The question will be on lawmakers' plates come Jan. 9 when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes.
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