You may already be familiar with MaGerks from their Federal Hill location. Back in 2000, a couple of brothers from Philadelphia decided to open their second location down in Baltimore to serve displaced Eagles fans, and quickly grew to encompass 3 bar areas and an outdoor patio. In addition, they brought you real Philly-style cheesesteaks, authentic down to the Amoroso roll. They did so well that they decided to open another location up in Bel Air. And while the Federal Hill location may have expanded their menu to include sushi, the Bel Air location's menu expanded to include crab cakes! So how did a couple of cheesesteakheads do with their version of the Maryland classic? Read on and see for yourself!
MaGerks' Maryland Crab Cake sandwich is a 6oz broiled crab cake served with chips and a pickle and your choice of bread (or on crackers if preferred). There is also a double entree served with a starch and chef's vegetable. All prices are market price.
The crab in the cake is in good sized lumps, although they are mostly broken up. While Maryland is in the name, this is a saucy cake, using a mayonnaise base to hold all of that delicous crab meat together, along with some bread and spices.
This crab cake was much better than we expected. The crab tastes more meaty than sweet, but the flavor is front and center. The binder offers a little more flavor, but mostly stays out of the way. If anything, the binder and spices nicely accentuate the crab. We felt that they could have used a little more crab spice in the mix, but that's really about it. If you're ever in town and can hold off on the Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, we recommend you give the crab cake a shot!
Have you tried MaGerks' Maryland Crab Cake? Let us know about it in the comments!
- Restaurant Name: MaGerks
- Address: 120 South Bond St Bel Air, MD 21014
- Neighborhood: Bel Air
- Restaurant Type: Local Chain
- Website: http://www.magerks.com/
- Review Date: 05/12/2013 2:32pm
- Atmosphere: Moderate
- Item(s) Ordered: Maryland Crab Cake
- Cooking Style: Broiled
- Other Styles Available: Yes
- Available by mail order?: No
- Price: 12.99
- Order Type: Sandwich
- Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
- Filler: Minimal
- Spice: Average
- Overall Impression: Very Good
Rating (out of 5 crabs):