South Baltimore has long been known for being a working class neighborhood. Located in between the stadiums and I-95, this area tends to lean towards your local scene, with bars and restaurants here and there, but no central area like Fells Point, Federal Hill or Canton. Surviving in South Baltimore for over 50 years, Captain Larry's has been that small, local neighborhood bar on the corner that everyone knows about, but likes to keep as their own little secret. Known for their excellent food and cheap prices, Captain Larry's crab cakes have a bit of a following themselves. So what did we think of them? Let's find out!
Wednesday has crab cakes on special until they're gone: $9.50 for one, $19.50 for two. Single comes as a sandwich or on crackers with a side of chips (default is on a roll, as I found out the hard way); Double comes with choice of two sides. Market price all other times. The sandwich did not come with cocktail or tartar, and hot sauce was not at the table. Double may come with condiments, but we did not ask. CASH ONLY!
The first thing you notice are the large lumps of Maryland blue crab. Breadcrumb filler glues it all together, but doesn't stand out. Very dense cake with a bready texture. Not much for spices, which allows all eyes to focus on the crab.
The crab cake could probably use a bit more sauce to make the mixture a bit more moist. On a roll, it would be a bit too starchy/bready. Not really much of an issue on its own. Otherwise, a very solid crab cake. One is nice and big, and should be plenty. If you need an excuse to take one with you, or you are super hungry, then go for two.
I upgraded the chips that came with my crab cake for fries. After sampling the fries, I can agree with the City Paper's award for Best Fries (2009).
Have you experienced Captain Larry's jumbo lump crab cake? Tell us all about it in the comments!
- Restaurant Name: Captain Larry's
- Address: 601 E Fort Ave Baltimore, MD 21230
- Neighborhood: Riverside
- Restaurant Type: Local
- Website: http://www.captainlarrys.com
- Review Date: 05/04/2011 5:46pm
- Atmosphere: Not Busy
- Item(s) Ordered: Single Crab Cake, Side Order Fries
- Cooking Style: Sauteed
- Other Styles Available: Unknown
- Price: 9.50
- Order Type: Sandwich
- Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
- Filler: Average
- Spice: Minimal
- Overall Impression: Outstanding
Rating (out of 5 crabs):