Oprah’s favorite crab cakes are coming to MGM

WASHINGTON — Pappas Crabcakes will open its first restaurant in the Washington market, joining the lineup in the MGM National Market at the MGM National Harbor and Resort, set to open late this year.

Shake Shack also has signed a lease for a spot at National Market.

Pappas Crabcakes opened its original location in Parkville, Maryland, in 1972. It has locations in Cockeysville and Glen Bernie as well. The family-owned company also runs an online mail-order business, and was recently cited by Oprah Winfrey in O Magazine’s “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”

Pappas Crabcakes also has been named “Best Crab Cake” by Baltimore City Paper, Maryland Life Magazine and Baltimore Magazine.

Shake Shack has six other locations in the D.C. region, as well as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

MGM National Market is a food hall with about a dozen casual dining choices, including Los Tacos, Bahn Mi Vietnamese Kitchen, Bento, District Deli, Honey’s Fried Chicken and Donuts, and ice cream parlor S’Cream.

The dining hall is in addition to several high-end restaurants scheduled to open at the casino, including Fish, from D.C. chef Jose Andres, Marcus Brasserie from New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, and Votaggio Steak, from Bryan and Michael Voltaggio of “Top Chef” fame.

The $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor Casino and Resort will open by December.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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