Mo's Crab and Pasta Factory only sells one kind of crab cake: backfin. (Head over to Mo's Fishermans Wharf if you are looking for jumbo lump crab cakes) This at least makes ordering easy. What you don't expect upon placing your order is that you get "2 softball sized crab cakes". (NOTE: Friend of the CCR Steve H. had pointed out that this location does in fact sell the jumo lump crab cake, it's just not readily seen on the menu. We'll confirm the menu on our next trip to Baltimore and update this entry. In the meantime, look for it if you stop by this location!)
With those softball sized crab cakes comes your choice of side, for which I picked broccoli. At first you would ask yourself why you didn't get to choose two like every other place. But when those cakes are presented before you, the single side you get almost seems like too much. Tartar sauce and a lemon wedge are served by default, and you are asked if you would like any cocktail sauce.
The cake itself ended up being what seemed like 25% filler, which at least keeps the cake nice and moist. Not really the largest lumps of backfin either, when compared to others' backfin crab cakes. If you pulled out a piece of crab on it's own, the crab had a nice, sweet flavor. But on the whole, the mayo/mustard flavor of the filler takes over, leaving an eggy aftertaste that lasts for hours. Not much spice, if at all, to counteract the filler. Came across a few crunchy bits, but I wasn't entirely sure if they were bits of onion or shell/cartilage.
For the money, this crab cake is a good value for the amount of food that you get. You will certainly not be walking away hungry. But the crab cakes themselves end up being too much filler, negating the flavor of the crab itself, and not being much to write home about.
As for that broccoli side I had: if you can imagine how a carnival deep frier smells after cooking onion rings, that is how the broccoli tasted. And the smell was like an old shoe.
Have you had Mo's Crab and Pasta Factory's backfin crab cake? Let us know what you think in the comments!