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The Greene Turtle

The Green Turtle's Maryland Crab Cake The Green Turtle's Maryland Crab Cake Crab Cake Review

One name that has been synonimous with Ocean City, MD is The Greene Turtle.  We're sure most of us started going there before we really should have *wink wink*, if but for the chance to buy one of their famous t-shirts.  What has started out as a beach sports bar in 1976 has now grown to be a regional brand name, turning up in more locations as the days go on with over 35 locations across DE, MD, VA, and DC.  While mostly known as being a sports bar, they do have a pretty lengthy menu featuring some menu items that is not your typical pub grub.  Like any restaurant representing Maryland, they do serve crab cakes.  Should you break out of the ordinary to try one, or stick to the ribs and wings?  Let's find out!

The Green Turtle's Maryland Crab cake is a single or double platter, served with french fries and cole slaw.  A sandwich is also available, served on a potato roll, or as sliders on the appetizer menu.  Crab cake is only broiled, no option listed for fried.

The crab cake is made of all lump crab meat, with a good bit of lumps to be found amongst the broken pieces.  Crab is held together with mayonnaise and breadcrumbs.  While we would find it hard to believe that a crab cake would be made without any other spices, there wasn't much of any spice to be found.  Not to say that there aren't more ingredients, we just couldn't taste them.

While the crab cake is moist and bready, the overall experience is lackluster.  The crab meat has no discernable flavor to it, and all you can taste is the mayonnaise and breadcrumbs.  And even then, the mayonnaise tastes pastey.  The end result is a wet, pastey crab cake that is devoid of any crab flavor or spicing.  Using more flavorful crab would be a start to improving this recipe, along with some additional spices to increase the flavor profile.

Have you tried The Greene Turtle's Maryland Crab Cake?  Let us know about it in the comments!

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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: The Greene Turtle
  • Address: 2383 Brandermill Blvd Gambrills, MD 21054
  • Neighborhood: Gambrills
  • Restaurant Type: Regional Chain
  • Review Date: 10/09/2012 7:54pm
  • Atmosphere: Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered: Maryland Crab Cake
  • Cooking Style: Broiled
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Available by mail order?: No
  • Price: 15.99
  • Order Type: Single Platter
  • Crab Content: Lump
  • Filler: Minimal
  • Spice: None
  • Overall Impression: Mediocre
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):