Never underestimate the small mountain towns. Yes, they may be landlocked and far away from the Chesapeake Bay. No, there may not be much to do there. But it all depends on how you look at it. That small diner that you pass off as being too ordinary may have once served Harry Truman and his family. The French restaurant may seem out of place, but may have once served as a private club for French airman back in the 1950's. And maybe, just maybe, Noah's Ark might finally one day be built.
Today's fiber optic field trip takes us to the far reaches of Maryland, out in the Western panhandle, to a small town called Frostburg. You may have heard of it. If you're a history buff, then it will be because Frostburg was one of the first towns on the National Road, and quite a popular stopping point for passing celebrities and dignitaries. Or you may have gone to school here, or known someone who has (go Bobcats!).
Which brings us to Sand Springs. Now, this establishment may not have the history as some of the other restaurants in town (such as the Princess Restaurant or Au Petit Paris). But it has been around since 1994, and will probably have some stories of its own to tell. But they have crab cakes, which will always draw the CCR in. So how were they? Let's find out!
On order was the Steak and Cake combo, which is a 6 oz filet served with a lump crab cake. Also available are the regular crab cakes entree, made MD Eastern Shore style with lump crab meat. There is also a crab cake sandwich, served on a roll with your choice of toppings. Entrees are served with a choice of 2 sides, and comes with tartar sauce. And if crab cakes aren't quite your taste, then they do make lots of other items with crab as well.
The crab cake has lots of Old Bay flavor, and are fairly moist, but a bit dry. The cake gives off a slight fishy scent, which may explain the amount of Old Bay. Decent amount of lump crab meat, about 60/40 lumps to shreds, with one or two jumbo lumps in there. The Old Bay is also a bit salty, so it could use a little less of that . Being Eastern Shore style, the cake is made with more breadcrumbs than usual. Because the cake comes off as a tad bit dry, it could benefit from slightly less usage of bread crumbs.
Overall, not a bad crab cake when you're in the mountains and/or you are on a college budget but still want to impress a date. While we are rating this as an average crab cake, we'll give it the higher 3.5 crabs.
Have you experienced Sand Spring's Crab Cakes? Let us know in the comments!