Sean Bolan's is the Irish pub of choice in Bel Air. Located on South Main Street, they pride themselves on classic Irish culinary traditions, a warm atmosphere that shows their roots in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, and pouring the perfect pint. In addition to the Irish fare are some regional classics. One such case are their crab cakes. Were they good enough to make us kiss the blarney stone, or do they get the shillelagh stick treatment? Let's find out!
Sean Bolan's crab cakes are available in a single or double platter, served with Irish mashed potatoes, and the vegetable of the day. Also on the menu is the crab cake sandwich, served on a fresh kaiser roll alongside potato chips.
The crab cake is mostly broken up pieces, with a small percentage being larger lumps. While held together by your typical mixture of mayonnaise and breadcrumbs, there was hardly any binder to be detected. This cake is packed with crab! There are definitely spices mixed in, but were unable to really detect much of any, allowing the focus on the flavor being on the crab.
The crab meat has a nice sweetness to it followed up by a meaty texture. As mentioned, the spicing is very light, and in some places almost non-existent. Luckily, the crab holds its own and delivers the flavor you are looking for. While the flavor profile ends up being a bit one-note, we were still not disappointed by what we were served. So next time you're in the area and fancy a pint, give the crab cake a whirl!
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- Restaurant Name: Sean Bolan's
- Address: 12 South Main St Bel Air, MD 21014
- Neighborhood: Bel Air
- Restaurant Type: Local
- Website: http://www.seanbolans.com/
- Review Date: 02/08/2013 7:08pm
- Atmosphere: Moderate to Busy
- Item(s) Ordered: Crab Cakes
- Cooking Style: Broiled
- Other Styles Available: Yes
- Available by mail order?: No
- Price: 14.95
- Order Type: Single Platter
- Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
- Filler: Minimal
- Spice: Minimal
- Overall Impression: Very Good
Rating (out of 5 crabs):