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!
So where do you go when you want to pre-game for a show, but want a wide selection of beers to choose from? That's right, you go to Alewife! Located in the Theatre District, Alewife is a gastropub that focuses on highlighting Maryland cuisine. And getting to choose from 40 draft and 100 bottled beers isn't such a bad thing, either. You can't get much more Maryland than a crab cake (or the Blackened Snakehead, AKA "the Frankenfish"), so we decided to stop in and give them a try. Read on to find out how they were!
Basta Pasta is an Italian and seafood restaurant that started in 2004, and has grown to two locations (Fallston and Timonium). Their goal is simple - become the ultimate expression of what an Italian casual dining experience should be. They also strive to serve fresh and flavorful food using the finest available ingredients in the area. Did they meet those claims with their crab cakes? Let's find out!
When you walk into Mamie's Cafe, you are instantly transported from the strip mall that it's located in to Grandma's kitchen and living room. Gone is the overshadowing glances of the Home Depot, the line of cars at Wendy's, or the throngs of cars flying by on Route 22. Originally located in Hampden, Mamie's Cafe is now located just off of 95 in Aberdeen. The Cafe is an homage to old fashioned home-cooked meals, and friendly service with a smile, where every meal ends in with a complementary dessert (offered for here or to go). The sign out front adds "with love" to the name. Do the crab cakes get the same love that the customers do? Let's find out!
BlueStone is a locally owned and managed seafood restaurant in Timonium, MD. Not quite on York Rd., BlueStone is located near the fairgrounds, but off the beaten path to the point that you've probably been near it several times and never known it. They've earned Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence for 2014, and a nod from Baltimore Magazine's Best Crab Cakes of 2009. We guess you could consider them a "hidden gem", if you will. But the real question is: how have BlueStone's crab cakes come since 2009? Read on and find out!
If it's one thing that Baltimoreans love, it's carry out seafood. Particularly, crabs. Waterman's Pride is a family business, owned and operated by local MD Waterman Captain Tony Vicari since 2006. All of the crabs are caught by Tony, ensuring the freshest crab their customers can buy. In addition to crabs, they also offer fresh quality seafood, both prepared and frozen. We were originally introduced to Waterman's Pride last summer, thanks to a Groupon for 2 dozen crabs at an outstanding price. And seeing how amazing those crabs were, we knew we had to try their crab cakes. Were they worth the wait? Read on and find out!
We're not sure how long it will last, but we've finally hit #1 on the Urbanspoon Baltimore Top Food Blogs list! Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 3 years! We look forward to many more as we navigate the world of crab cakes togehter!
When it comes to crab season in Baltimore, you have a few choices. You can get a bushel, a few cases of beer, call up a few friends, and have a crab feast in your backyard. Or if that's too much work, then you can always go out to a restaurant, cozy up to a table lined with brown paper, and whack away. Or you can go the more economical route, and bring some crabs home from a carryout joint like Bill's Seafood. For over 35 years, Bill's has been steaming crabs year round. Crabs are sourced from our local watermen, as well as from Louisiana, Texas, and North Carolina to provide steamed crabs year-round. You can carry out (either through online ordering or by stopping by on a whim), or they can cater your party. With so many choices in the area for carryout, we braved the waters, and checked Bill's Seafood out. Are they good enough for your lunch or party? Let's find out!
When you think Tex Mex, crab cakes don't really come to mind, now do they? No, they don't. So when you visit the El Rodeo in Edgewood, you'll be as surprised as we were to find crab cakes on their menu! (Well, maybe not anymore because we told you!) El Rodeo is a Tex Mex restaurant that also offers late night entertainment. Where else can you eat crab cakes and ride a mechanical bull (first Thursday of every month)? Located in the same parking lot as a Motel 6, you might be leery of stopping by. But we're brave souls who also like a good margarita. Read on to see if Tex Mex and crab cakes go hand in hand!
Price's Seafood has been serving Havre de Grace in its original location since 1944. They consider themselves to be one of the few original "Maryland" crab houses still in operation. You know you're in a legit crab house when all of the tables are lined with brown paper by default, the air smells of seafood seasoning, two different kinds of crab soup are always on the menu, and crackin' crab is the main attraction. Price's is certainly one of those locations. And a great crab house should have a great crab cake as well, right? Well, you'll have to click the link to find out!