A Tradition of Quality for Four Generations

Founded in 1886, Faidley Seafood is one of the oldest and best-known purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region. Today, it is owned and operated by Bill and Nancy Devine, descendents of founder John W. Faidley, Sr. Faidley's is headquartered on its original location in "World Famous Lexington Market", Baltimore, Maryland.

The business serves not only the Baltimore area but also has expanded to provide catering and next day air shipping for its award winning lump crab cakes. The accolades afforded Faidley's crab cakes have created many new and exciting opportunities for the family owned business. Faidley's has developed and presented Maryland Style Crab Feasts as cultural events promoting tourism and business development for the State of Maryland and Capital Region. These events are regularly held throughout the United States and internationally in Germany, England, France, Iceland, and Holland. Faidley's was even commissioned to develop crab cake for the crew of the United States Space Shuttle. Faidley's marketplace was also cast for a scene in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" and a scene in the television program "Homicide".

But, what Faidley Seafood is best known for is its award winning lump crab cakes. To eat one is to believe that you have tasted one of the best things on earth! This is the statement most often heard from Faidley's customers. To become one of those customers, Bill and Nancy Devine invite you to read more about the crab cakes, consider visiting the family business or order the award winning lump crab cakes to enjoy at your home or office.

Faidley Seafood World Famous Lexington Market
203 North Paca Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 727-4898
Monday through Saturday 9:30 AM until 5:30 PM

Awards and Accolades


I researched carefully before declaring any crabcake the best in Baltimore which would automatically make it the best in the world. All others were forgotten however, the moment I tasted the "Big Lump" crabcake at J. W. Faidley in the lexington Market. Award Golden Dish "Best Dishes of '92".

GQ Gentlemen's Quarterly - .

There are a lot of contenders in the Crab Cake wars, but if we must pick one - Just One - it would have to be FAIDLEY'S (1st place winner in "Best of Baltimore" '89 - '99.)

Baltimore Magazine, August 1989 - .

When it comes to crab cakes,” Bill says, “chefs think they know what they’re doing. They jazz it up and ruin it. Nancy keeps it simple. She makes a special sauce using the best ingredients but won’t even tell me what’s in it.

Southern Living Magazine, August, 1997 - .