With a name this adorable, who wouldn’t want to try coddies? Yet another of Baltimore’s fried seafood delights, coddies are old-school in the best way possible. Jewish immigrants began selling them on the street in the early 1900s, though it’s hard to know which ethnic group exactly can lay the earliest claim to this odd dish. From then through the ’60s, you could find coddies just about anywhere—in a drugstore, at a bar, or from a street stand.
So what the heck are coddies, exactly? Think cod and potato all mashed up, formed into a ball, and deep-fried. But that’s not all. To truly be a coddy, it must be served between two saltine crackers with a touch of yellow mustard on top.
Sadly, coddies are a dying breed in Baltimore. They can be tough to find, but we know a few places.
Vikki’s Fells Point Deli
Vikki’s Fells Point Deli serves up excellent coddies at even better prices. You can even get one for a dollar! Everything is homemade, and you’ll also find delicious cream of crab soup and cheap breakfast sandwiches here.
While Faidley’s is better known for unbelievable jumbo lump crab cakes, it also serves up some pretty darn amazing coddies! Head to Lexington Market to get a true taste of Baltimore at this well-loved spot.
These coddies are seasoned perfectly, with just the right amount of breadcrumbs. It’s a family-run spot so a lot of pride is taken in doing justice to the original recipe and providing the utmost hospitality.