The Black Olive is an authentic Greek restaurant, located right in the heart of Fells Point. Constantly being rated as one of Baltimore's best restaurants, and reciving high accolates by Wine Spectator, this is one place that needs to be experienced when visiting the city. Everything they do is organic, so you can expect everything to be fresh from the sea or farm to your table. If you have the chance, take the waiter up on the "fish tour", where you'll get a first hand look at that day's catch, as well as platters of meat. And for once, the CCR bypassed the fresh fish and opted instead for, what else, crab cakes! Read on to see if they were every bit as fresh as the catch of the day!
The crab cake is available as a small plate or as a dinner platter. The small plate is a single crab cake on a bed of baby leaf greens and homemade olive oil based mayonnaise. The dinner platter is a double platter served with the chef's choice side dish (which on this day was a combination of regular and sweet mashed potatoes). Lemon wedge accompanies the cake.
The crab cake is made of of jumbo lump crab meat, held together with a mayonnaise based binder (given the flavors, we would suspect they use the olive oil based mayo). Parsley is thrown in for color, but not much else is thrown in. Spicing is kept at a minimum, although there were slight hints of horseradish at times.
This is one outstanding crab cake! Our initial reaction to the crab cake was that it was just like eating crabs. The meat was super sweet, as good Maryland Blue Crab will be. The binder ratio keeps the moisture intact without being too saucy. Absolutely no dried out parts in here. The horseradish parts were a bit of a surprise, but still not overpowering. One of the best that we've had, and one that you shouldn't miss if you're ever in the neighborhood. Just be sure to make reservations, as they tend to be pretty busy during peak hours.
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- Restaurant Name: The Black Olive
- Address: 814 S. Bond St Baltimore, MD 21231
- Neighborhood: Fells Point
- Restaurant Type: Local
- Website: http://www.theblackolive.com/
- Review Date: 08/18/2012 8:19pm
- Atmosphere: Busy with a wait
- Item(s) Ordered: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
- Cooking Style: Broiled
- Other Styles Available: No
- Available by mail order?: No
- Price: 35.00
- Order Type: Double Platter
- Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
- Filler: Minimal
- Spice: Minimal
- Overall Impression: Outstanding
Rating (out of 5 crabs):