Weekly reviews of crab cakes around the MD and DC area

Schultz's Crab House Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

Schultz's Crab House is a Baltimore landmark that dates back to 1950. When Schultz's first moved into their current building, it housed three separate storefornts: the bar, a spaghetti carry-out, and an appliance store. After knocking down some walls and moving some things around, Schultz's Lounge was in business. The Lounge operated as a barroom only until 1969, when the liquor license was sold to the current owners, who then renamed the business to what we know it as today. With all of this history, in addition to the business' longevity, we would expect them to know a thing or two about crab cakes. Read on to see how our adventure was!

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Lib's Grill

Lib's Grill is a new venture from a well known Italian restaurant chain, Liberatore's. Instead of opening yet another Italian restaurant location, they opened a new raw bar concept (which happens to be a few doors down from one of their Italian restaurant locations). You'll find an extensive oyster bar, in addition to steaks, sandwiches, flatbreads, and seafood. Which, of course, includes crab cakes. Do they use the same recipe as their parent restaurant, or did they come up with their own unique take? Let's find out!

Casa Mia's - Forest Hill

Casa Mia's is a local chain of pizza shops which advertise they are the "home of the best crab cake in the world." While there seem to be a few Casa Mia's in the area, this particular chain has locations in Forest Hill/Bel Air and Nottingham/White Marsh. Claims such as the one they make always intrigue us, so we set out to the Forest Hill location to see if it is true. Read on to see what our experience was like!

The Bayou

For over 60 years, there has been a restaurant on Route 40 that has been a local favorite. That establishment would be The Bayou. The current owners purchased the restaurant back in 1982, and ever since, the Wards have strived to provide top quality local cuisine in a place that emanates local ambience. Their three dining rooms are decorated with decoys (as Havre de Grace is known as The Decoy Capital of the World), local scenes depicted in paintings and photographs, and historical newspaper accounts. Of course, it was the crab cakes that attracted us. Read on to see how they were!

DC Crab Cake & Co.

We've written about food trucks before. Frankly, we love them. There's nothing like getting out of the office for lunch and going to an outdoor food court that is different each day. Yet, food trucks are like the epic white whale - there one day, gone the next. Sure, you could use the various online methods of stalking your favorite truck. But with the sheer volume of food trucks on the streets these days, it is hard to keep up with them all, let alone know who is still in business and who is new to the scene. The DC Crab Cake & Co. truck is one of them. They've been around since late 2013, and already had food the first time we saw them. So we recently came across them and had to try them out. Was it worth the wait? Let's find out!

Red Lobster

I don't think Red Lobster needs any introduction. The thought of going there for crab cakes has always been a joke around the office. With all of these excellent crab cakes in the area, why would anyone go to Red Lobster for them? We were surprised that they serve live lobsters and fresh fish. But crab cakes are a bit dubious. Were they good enough to make us "seafood differently"? Let's find out!

Riverside Pub and Grille

The Riverside Pub & Grille is an upscale sports bar nestled away in a corner off of I-95 at Exit 80 next to the Springhill Suites. It's a small establishment with a few tv's, 3 beers on draft, and a decent selection of wines. Sports memorabilia line the walls of this quaint restaurant. From what we can tell, they've been around for a few years, yet the place looks fairly new. We only happened upon it thanks to an internet search looking for crab cakes in the area. Were they worth the trip? Let's find out!

CCR Takes Part In Best In Chow - Baltimore (or: why there's no review this week)

The Crab Cake Review was recently approached by Pyramid Productions to participate in the Baltimore filming of Best in Chow, a show where host Cris Nannarone pits three local restaurants against each other to see who has the best local food. Being shot in Baltimore, the show was naturally about crab cakes. Given that crab cakes are kind of our deal, we were more than happy to take part. Read on to hear more about our experience!

The Charred Rib at The Barn

The Charred Rib at The Barn (otherwise known as The Barn), has been many things over the years. A rest stop for farmers heading to Broadway Market, a grocery store, a dance hall and saloon, and nowadays, a tap house, rib shack, and crab house. Recently remodeled in 2013, this location has been known as The Barn since 1980. Having a crab house on site would make us think that the crab cakes are as good as the crabs themselves smell. Read on to find out if they were!

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