The Chesapeake Jumbo Lump Crab Cake is offered as an appetizer served on a bed of watercress and a side of tartar, and is also paired with their Surf & Turf. A crab cake sandwich is also on the lunch menu, served on a brioche bun with avacado aioli, baby greens, tomato, and red onion. They also offer just the Chesapeake Jumbo Lump Crab Meat on the raw bar menu, served with baby greens, Chesapeake remoulde, drawn butter, Old Bay, and Lemon. This review is for the appetizer, available on both the lunch and dinner menus.
The crab cake is really just Chesapeake crab meat, bound together with some bread, spices, and possibly egg, lightly sauteed until golden brown. Crab meat is mostly lumps with very little broken pieces.
On your first bite, all you'll be able to say is 'Wow!' as you taste that explosion of sweet, sweet crab meat. While the spices are visible, they accentuate where appropriate without getting in the way or detracting from the crab flavor. The bread keeps things nice and moist, and adds a slight breadiness to the crab cake, but the flavor stays back with the spices. Overall excellent flavor with a slight hint of spice. Would prefer that the tartar was kept to the side, instead of the cakes being served on top of it. If you're not a fan of tartar, then be sure to ask for it without. Otherwise, there's not much more to say than to order it!
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