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John Steven Ltd

John Steven Crab Cake (sorry for the blurry picture, will retake at another time) John Steven Crab Cake (sorry for the blurry picture, will retake at another time) Crab Cake Review

Another establishment not well known for their crab cakes, John Steven has been a Fells Point landmark since 1978 (although the history of the establishment goes back to 1911).  They're actually more known for being a neighborhood watering hole.  But walk past the bar, and you'll find yourself in the dining room with a back patio and outdoor seating.  Serving up fresh Baltimore seafood, it was time to see if the crab cakes fit the bill.

The menu describes the crab cakes as jumbo lump held together by their own sheer will.  The reality is more along the lines of shredded crab in the middle rolled in lump crab meat.  That's not to say that it is entirely a bad thing, as the shredded crab is most likely due to breakage of the jumbo lump.  The ratio of shredded crab meat to lump was quite nice.  A very tasty honey dijon mix holds all that crab meat together, along with a dusting of Old Bay (and I sense a touch of it in the mix as well).  

You get two crab cakes along with a side of honey dijon, lemon wedge, veggies (this time around, broccoli) and mashed potatoes (I want to say they were garlic rosemary?).  Cocktail and tartar are available by request, but not given by default.  Baby Cakes are also available as an appetizer, which are smaller versions of the crab cakes.  (Watch for a review coming soon!)

The honey dijon really gives off a nice flavor that compliments the crab meat very well.   So well that you probably won't even need the extra sauce they give you on the side.  Moist and creamy on the inside, you really don't notice too much of the filler.  The bits of lump crab that are in it give it substance and the two flavors mix nicely.  This isn't your traditional style crab cake, but is a nicely crafted alternative to your traditional mix.

The mashed potatoes were also delicious.  This will certainly be one meal that you will probably devour as much as I did!

Have you tried John Steven's crab cakes?  Tell us about it in the comments!

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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: John Steven Ltd
  • Address: 1800 Thames St. Baltimore, MD 21231
  • Neighborhood: Fells Point
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Review Date: 04/14/2011 8:29pm
  • Atmosphere: Not Busy to Moderate
  • Item(s) Ordered: Crab Cake Entree
  • Cooking Style: Broiled
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Price: 25.99
  • Order Type: Double Platter
  • Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
  • Filler: Average
  • Spice: Average
  • Overall Impression: Outstanding
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):