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About Pappas Restaurants

In 1972, the recipe for Pappas' Famous Crab Cake was born, and for fifty years, this secret recipe has remained unchanged and well guarded by the Pappas Family. You are about to enjoy the result, a true gem of Baltimore: the BEST crab cake in Maryland!

The man responsible: Mark Pappas

Born in 1932 in Velvendos, a small yet proud town in Northern Greece, Mark Pappas learned quickly the value of hard work, humble service and personal integrity. In 1956, he came to the United States in search of the American Dream. With no money in his pocket and not understanding a word of English, Mr. Pappas settled in Baltimore with his uncle's family and made a name for himself. By 1961, he'd learned English, became a proud citizen of this country, and saved enough money to buy the Mount Vernon Restaurant with a partner. Here, in downtown Baltimore, he developed a nose for seafood and a commonsense approach to customer service: give them delicious, high quality food for a fair price and they'll come back.

By the early 70's, with a beautiful wife and three small children in tow, he was ready to set out on his own in Parkville, Baltimore County. He took over Wargo's Western Steak House & Stag Bar, renamed it Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar, and developed a diverse restaurant menu including a wide selection of steak, pasta, and fresh seafood entrees including his unique, seven-ounce heavenly crab cake. It wasn't long before the word spread, and soon his customer base grew.  In 2010, with his son Steve in command, Mr. Pappas branched out to Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County.  In 2014, Pappas expanded even further, with our location in Cockeysville, MD, where you can find elegant dining room seating, a fun Sports Bar atmosphere, and ample space for private dining and intimate gatherings in our newly renovated wine room. And now, in 2023, we have officially opened the newest Pappas, in Bel Air, Maryland!



The famous Pappas crab cake has made its way into Baltimore Magazine, Maryland Life Magazine, City Paper, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and the hearts of many Baltimoreans!  The latest venture, Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar of Cockeysville, builds on Mark’s dreams, and with his son-in-law Justin at the helm, holding tight the secret crab cake recipe, the Pappas family is eager to serve the Northern Baltimore community, just as they have in Parkville since 1972. Thank you for being a part of this journey and with the help of valued customers like you, we hope to continue the Pappas tradition for years to come!

What People Are Saying...

Zagat, 2017
Oprah Winfrey, 2015

"Very Good to Excellent for Food and Service."


"Had my favorite Baltimore's Best crab cake delivered. You can too. Worth it!"


Dan Hewitt, Google, July 2017


"Best crab cakes money can buy.  Nice atmosphere and staff.  It's nice to be able to choose between the sports bar or fine dining area, big difference between the two, aesthetically."

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