This past weekend was the Fell's Point Fun Festival in Baltimore, an annual event for the Fells Point Preservation Society in its 45th year. Originally created to raise awareness of the historic neighborhood's slated destruction to make way for a highway, the festival has grown larger and larger over the years showcasing what this 18th century neighborhood has to offer.
One big draw of a street festival, aside from the free entertainment and the lure of the beer garden (especailly the one serving Heavy Seas!) are the variety of food stands offering a wide variety of food. Baltimore isn't just known for its crabs, but also for serving up some mean pit beef, Polish sausages and, if you're lucky, lake trout. But food options aside, one food stand that had to make an appearance is Sherri's.
Sherri's Crab Cakes can be found at various festivals and shows up and down the East Coast. They even go so far as to claim that they are the best concession crab cake sandwich. Given that they started their business based on the fact that the festival crab cake offerings weren't very good, coupled with the fact that they had multiple stands at the festival, as well as a mail order business, they must be doing something right. So how were these magical concession crab cakes? Follow along and find out!
Sherri's website FAQ claims that the crab cakes are made from 70% lump crab meat, along with seasonings, spices, breadcrumbs, egg and mayo. The sandwich is served on a bun with nothing else, although they do have an impressive selection of Old Bay, mayo, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, tartar, lemon juice, and salt and pepper for you to add yourself.
While the crab cake has a good flavor due to the spicing, you really don't notice any crab meat in there. As you can see from the picture, the cake more resembles a potato cake. Texture wise, it ends up being really creamy, which if you are expecting a little bit of crab meat as substance, you may be disappointed, as the cake blends in with the softness of the bun. While it works as a sandwich, there are better concession crab cake sandwiches out there. But if you're outside the Chesapeake Bay area, then this will more than likely be your best bet.
Have you tried Sherri's Crabcake Sandwich? Let us know in the comments!