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Bill Bateman's

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If you've been anywhere around the area, you've more than likely come across a Bill Bateman's.  They may be a corporate outlet, an express location, or a franchise.  What started out as a single location on Harford Road back in 1987 has exploded into multiple locations around the area.  Mostly known for their wings, they do have a wide variety of items on their menu.  The big banner advertising Crab Cake Night caught our eye, and we just had to stop in.  Should you go with the cakes, or stick with the wings?  Let's find out!

Wednesday is their Crab Cake Special night, which is a jumbo lump crab cake, fries, and slaw for $10.  Also on the menu is a crab cake sandwich.  The regular dinner entree comes with two sides.  Our review takes place on Crab Cake Night.

The jumbo lump crab cake is a saucy crab cake made with jumbo lump crab meat, held together by a small amount of breadcrumbs and a mayonaise-based sauce with some spices.  There are some lumps among the broken pieces.  Binder is mostly sauce with the breadcrumbs to soak up some of the moisture.  Cake is only cooked broiled.

The crab meat is somewhat flavorful.  Not really all that sweet, somewhat meaty, but we've come across more flavorful crab.  Because of the lack of crab meat flavor, the breadcrumbs take over as the primary flavor.  While there is a little bit of spice to the cake, it could reallu use more.  Also, our crab cake came out cold -- it certainly could have used a little more time in the broiler.  While you can't pass up the bargain on a Wednesday night, the experience left a lot to be desired.  Not the worst in the world, but certainly not memorable.

Have you tried Bill Bateman's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake?  Share your experience with us in the comments!

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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: Bill Bateman's Bistro
  • Address: 566 Ritchie Hwy Severna Park, MD 21146
  • Neighborhood: Severna Park
  • Restaurant Type: Regional Chain
  • Review Date: 09/19/2012 7:49pm
  • Atmosphere: Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
  • Cooking Style: Broiled
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Available by mail order?: No
  • Price: 10.00
  • Order Type: Single Platter
  • Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
  • Filler: Average
  • Spice: Minimal
  • Overall Impression: Average
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):



# theminx 2012-11-07 14:20
I've had a crab cake from Bateman's and it was awful. There was too much breading, and it was very obviously stale. I didn't think a local restaurant could make a crabcake taste like it had been made by a clueless chain from the midwest, but it did.