The Tidewater's famous broiled lump crab cake is served as a sandwich on a potato roll, along with fresh cut potato chips, or as a double platter served with fresh sautéed vegetables and rice pilaf, baked potato, or garlic mashed potatoes.
The crab cake uses lump crab, which comes in smaller pieces, and is fairly broken up. All of that sweet crab meat is bound together in a Maryland style binder that isn't too heavy on the bread. Bread is mixed together with a hint of Dijon and spices.
First thing you notice is the sweetness of the crab -- super sweet! The spice and binder blend also has a really good flavor and a decent amount of moisture. Ratio of crab to binder is spot on, with just enough to hold it together without looking like they're skimping on the crab. The supporting flavors work well to let the crab flavor take center stage. The potato roll is lightly toasted, which helps keep the cake inside the bread without squishing out as you take a bite.
As a sandwich, we thought the crab cake worked very well, but with that much flavor packed into the cake, it really seems like a sin to eat it with anything else. Choose the platter and you won't be disappointed! While you may be able to ask, the menu didn't offer a single platter option, which would have been perfect.
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