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G&M Restaurant

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Ah, the infamous G&M.  You can't start any crab cake discussion without any mention of them, most often being pitted against Faidley's.  G&M has been around since 1972, churning out their crab cakes to high praises and accolades ever since.  The CCR has personally been eating G&M for years.  So in the great crab cake war, how does G&M stand out amongst the others?  Click on through to find out!

Lunch prices appear to differ slightly from dinner prices, but not by much.  (This review was performed during lunch hours)  Crab cake sandwich is offered with lettuce and tomato on your choice of roll or crackers.  Platters (single or double) come with your choice of 2 sides or a tossed salad (but not both, as opposed to dinner, where my last dinner visit in 2010 resulted in 2 sides plus the salad).  Cocktail and tartar offered when ordering, and Old Bay and hot sauce are offered when your meal arrives.

As you have rightfully heard, the crab cakes are comprised of about 95% jumbo lumps of crab meat, held together by binder, but with no filler in sight (maybe a few bread crumbs, but any present mix into the sauce and go unnoticed).  This makes for what we here at the CCR like to describe as a "saucy" crab cake.  And they're HUGE.  A single platter is certainly enough to fill anyone up, but if you are super hungry (or just want an excuse to bring one home), then go ahead and order a double (but it might just be better off going next door to the Carry Out counter and taking one home uncooked).  [Yes, the picture is of just a single crab cake]

As far as flavor goes, I really wish it had more.  The crab meat, while large and plentiful, lacks that character sweetness of the Maryland blue crab.  [Other sites have confirmed that G&M uses imported crab meat, but the CCR has not.]  The binder sauce has a nice flavor with a bit of a peppery kick to it that can really accentuate the flavor of the crab, but without more of the crab flavor coming forward, the overall taste is bland and monotonous, with not much complexity.  I'm not one to put extra Old Bay or hot sauce on my crab cakes, although time time I might have considered it.  

While not as good as I remember it being (going back as early as 2010 for comparison), you do get your moneys worth and will not leave hungry.  Overall, still pretty decent, but not what it once was.

Have you experienced the legend that is G&M's crab cakes?  Tell us about it in the comments! 

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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: G&M Restaurant
  • Address: 804 Hammonds Ferry Rd Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
  • Neighborhood: Linthicum
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Review Date: 05/03/2011 2:47pm
  • Atmosphere: Not Busy to Moderate
  • Item(s) Ordered: Single Crab Cake Platter
  • Cooking Style: Broiled
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Available by mail order?: Yes
  • Price: 17.50
  • Order Type: Single Platter
  • Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
  • Filler: Minimal
  • Spice: Average
  • Overall Impression: Average
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):


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# Bri 2014-04-30 20:07
The size of the cake is not at issue, it is huge. The flavor is bland and the crab meat was a tad too dry. No filler...not enough flavor. Definitely not Chesapeake Blue Crabs but it was mid April. I'd say their reputation is not deserved.
# Ken Bordner 2013-10-02 22:43
The best and largest crab cakes ive ever had. I only get to Baltimore once a year and G&M is always on our agenda
-4 # Wildthing 2013-02-13 23:53
I love when people talk about "maryland" blue crab. Regardless of where you go, it is a blue crab. I bet all these "supposed" critics were given a blind taste test of Blue crab from different parts of the world, you would never know the difference! Stop the B.S. people! Typical md snobs!
# Pj Williams 2013-07-06 08:14
If u really believe that, then u really r as ignorant & foolish as u sound. Crab cakes r one of the easiest things to determine quality of. If u can't tell the difference, then ur a dumb hillbilly. It's like the difference between a good burger & something from a place like McDonalds, u dumb hick.
# jeff 2013-02-08 18:31
you are right....these are not true blue crab crabcakes.....a sian blue crab, that's why the lump is as big as your head and has a different taste to them. that's also why they won't tell you.... i still enjoy the crabcake there, but just not a classic blue crab crab cake....
# Andi 2012-11-19 19:17
I was born in the Washington, DC area and have been eating crab all my life; anything crab I've eaten it! I recently ate at G&M's and thought that the crab cakes were tasteless but huge. A couple days later I called to asks where they got their crab meat from and was told that they couldn't tell me. Imagine that...you're probably eating crab meat from China or somewhere out of the country! In the winter months, I've eaten crab meat from the Carolinas, Texas, and Virginia and there is a difference between the crab I tasted at G&M.
# Tiffany 2011-12-13 14:06
I am so glad you did not give them 5 crabs. I think these are a poor example of a Maryland crabcake. Way too much egg and filler. They should make them smaller, with less filler.
# Linda Feiges 2011-12-01 16:39
We like Prime Rib Crab Cakes, They are perfect in every way. G & M crab cakes, to me are too dry, tasteless, and there has been a lot of bread filler.
# Deborah 2011-06-29 15:39