As we all know, a riptide typically refers to a dangerous ocean current. And while Riptide By The Bay is really in Fells Point, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is often known as being the gateway to the Chesepeake Bay. While Riptide may not pose any immediate danger to you, it will attempt to pull you out of your ordinary day and entice you with local seafood from the Chesapeake, culinary innovation, and of course, entertainment. Voted Baltimore's Best Crab House in 2010 and Best Crab Dish in 2011 by Baltimore Magazine, Riptide By The Bay is certainly a place you should visit on your next trip to Fells Point. But the real question is -- do you stop in for the crab cakes? We took the plunge, so read along and find out!
For over 20 years, The Olive Tree has been serving fresh, local, authentic Italian cuisine in the Aberdeen area. What started out as 10 bar stools and 8 booths has quickly grown to two newly renovated locations with a loyal (and growing!) customer base. In July 2013, friend of the CCR and one of the owners, Mindy H., invited us to come sample their local seafood offerings, particularly the crab cakes, which have been one of their top sellers since they opened. Look online at any of the reviews for The Olive Tree, and they will all mention crab cakes. So we recently stopped by to pay them a visit, and check out one of our favorite treats. Read on to see if the crab cakes are as good as the pasta looks!
Bel Air's most recent restaruant, the Main Street Oyster House, has a good bit of history to it, as well as boasting Harford County's longest oyster bar. Yes, this very location dates back to the post civil war area, and has been home to John's Barbershop, a watch repair store, the original headquarters of the Aegis newspaper, and most recently, the Dark Horse Saloon. But a new era has come into this very location, and bills itself as an upscale seafood venue. If you've been here during the Dark Horse days, things seem very familair, yet slightly different. But with new management and identity in place, were the crab cakes on par with what an upscale seafood restaurant should be? Read on and find out!
Open since 1971 and Zagat rated since 1999, Costa's Inn is certainly a Baltimore institution. For over 40 years, the Costas family has been serving up some of Baltimore's finest seafood and pit beef. But don't take our word for it. Check out all of the awards they've won as you walk into the restaurant. Year after year, Costa's has been voted the best of something, whether it's for their seafood, crab cakes, or pit beef. So do the crab cakes live up to the hype and legendary status after all these years? Follow along and find out!
It's not often that the CCR reviews crab cakes outside of the MD/DC area. But this week, Daddy needed a new pair of shoes, so we packed up the car and headed to Lancaster, PA, home of the Pennsylvania Dutch, outlet malls galore, and The Brasserie. If you've been in the area, but haven't happened upon The Brasserie, located between the outlets and downtown Lancaster, has been around since 1925. Originally a traditional home for over 50 years, it is now a casual restauranct that captures the essence of the countryside. Their Tomato Bisque Soup was featured in Bon Appetite Magazine, and they share the recipe with you on their website. They also mention that their crab cakes are equally as delicious, a claim that we needed to see for ourselves. Read on and see how they were!
Pratt Street Ale House is home to Oliver Breweries, Baltimore's longest-running brew pub. The original building was built back in 1888, having housed the Pratt Furniture Company until 1980, when a bar by the name of P.J. Circketts was established. In 1992, P.J.'s turned into the Wharf Rat. A year later, the brewery was created, and life has been good ever since! While their beers may be delicious, we really wanted to see if their food was equally as tasty. Read on to see how this story ferments!
One of Baltimore Magazine's Top 25 Crab Cakes for 2013! And to be quite honest, for as long as we've lived around Baltimore, we have never heard of Tark's until reading the list. (I know!) Although it was a bit hard to find at first, we finally made our way to the quite sizable restaurant. Tark's gives off the vibe of a high-end restaurant with the dark woods and white tablecloths, while at the same time maintaining the casual appearance, especially with the large patio outside. Tark's is no stranger to the Baltimore Magazine Top Crab Cake list, having been on it at least 5 times (going by the plaques at the hostess stand). So with the expectations set, we headed out to see if Tark's is worthy enough to serve one of Baltimore's top crab cakes. Read on to see how it all went!
When you hear the name Bull on the Beach, you instantly think of summertime and, of course, being 'downy ocean, hon!' If you aren't from around these parts, the Bull on the Beach is a family owned and operated restaurant that first opened up in Ocean City, MD back in 1980. Their boardwalk location has since become an OC institution, and two other locations have followed. If you're ever looking for a taste of the ocean, but don't want to drive 3 hours, then Bel Air might be a lot closer. At least for us, which is a good thing, as they have what we like -- crab cakes! Read on to see if their crab cakes are worth the trip, or just a lot of bull!
Half Pints was started by an Englishman who moved to the States over 20 years ago, who earned the nickname due to his stature. It is considered a sports pub as opposed to a sports bar, most likely because there are way more TVs than your typical English pub, and the carpet doesn't look like something the Queen herself picked out. If the Ravens or Orioles games didn't lure you in, then it was most likely the smell of smoked meats coming from the smoker around the corner. Once you step inside, you are embraced with the wafting aromas of fried. Yes, pub grub is served, but so are homemade crab cakes. Read on to see how the English fare with our beloved Maryland crab cakes!
Ale Mary's is a family-run neighborhood tavern located on the outer reaches of Fells Point, known for huge portions of food (especially their tots!), an excellent selection of beers, and maybe even a bit of controversy. While they've been around since 2004, it was in early 2012 that Catholic groups were up in arms at what they perceived to be blasphomey. From the name (which actually stems from the owner's wife's name), and the religious relics inside the bar (often brought in by patrons themselves), and maybe the draft list on a hymn board, one could possibly take offense. But luckily we're not the easily offended type, but the prospect of a heavenly crab cake is what we live for. So say a prayer and join us as we check out Ale Mary's!