Weekly reviews of crab cakes around the MD and DC area

Items filtered by date: January 2012

Stanford Grill

The Stanford Grill is a relatively new location in Columbia, having opened up about a year or two ago.  As they say, food is their passion, and they pride themselves on fresh, handpicked ingredients, prepared in an open-air kitchen.  Unless you've heard about it, you may not even know where this place is, seeing as how it is tucked away behind the trees.  But once you find it, you'll be greeted with great ambiance and a culinary adventure.  So how did the crab cakes turn out?  Read along and see for yourself!



Hellas is a local Greek restaurant, located off of Veteran's Highway in Millersville.  But what you may not know is that Hellas is part of that well-connected ring of Greek restaurants that serve some of Baltimore's famous crab cakes, that you may think they all come from the same place.  (We're talking G&M, Timbuktu, and Romano's.)  But, while each may have a similar crab cake, they are all individual establishments, serving their own version of our beloved delicacy, as noted in a MD Gazette article from 2007.  So do Hellas crab cakes live up to the legend?  Let's find out!


Lewnes' Steakhouse

Lewnes' Steakhouse is an upscale steakhouse in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis, serving only the finest U.S. Prime aged beef, amongst other tasty treats.  While there have been many renovations and ownership changes throughout the years, the location as a business dates back to the early 1900's.  

To walk past this establishment, you may never think twice about what lies inside.  From the outside, you can really only see the bar area.  But step inside and ask for a table, and you'll be whisked away to a cozy booth with white tablecloths.  And that is where your experience begins.  But they're not just all about steaks.  They also offer crab cakes.  Should you choose between one or the other?  Let's see if we can't help you decide!


Pizza Boli's Old Bay Crab Pizza

We'll bet you didn't know that Pizza Boli's started over 25 years ago up in the Baltimore neighborhood of Mount Washington.  Nowadays, they have over 70 stores in the MD, VA, PA and DC area, being voted best pizza by the Washingtonian Magazine, and touting that they offer more product variety than any other major pizza chain.  They are also innovators in recyclable container technology with their SmartBox pizza boxes.  Along with that, one of their newest pizza offerings is the Old Bay Crab Pizza.  Being a Baltimore company, one is going to probably assume that they know a thing or two about crabs.  (Isn't that usually the case?)  So how did their newest pizza offering turn out?  Let's find out!


Jim Rouse's Crab Cakes





This recipe was found on a recipe card, available in the top level of the American Visionary Art Museum's Jim Rouse Visionary Center (along with other recipes):

1 Pound crab meat (backfin or lump preferred)


2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Dry Mustard 
1 Dash Worcestershire
1 Dash Tabasco
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
6 Crackers, crushed (no bread!) 

Step 1:  Mix crab meat to the above mixture.  Turn it all together with your hands, very gently -- to avoid breaking the crab lumps.
Step 2:  Make into slightly flattened cakes.  Coat lightly with butter.
Step 3:  Cook in oven or under broiler until light brown on top.



When Marylanders go "downy ocean, hon", one popular destination to go is Seacrets.  If you are not familiar with Seacrets, then you may want to pay them a visit at least once in your life, if for the atmosphere alone.  Seacrets has something for everyone, from a restaurant to a tiki bar to floating tables in the bay, and yes, even live music and a night club.  Billed as Jamacia USA, Seacrets is that little island paradise in the middle of Coastal Highway, complete with sand everywhere and palm trees.  Spend any amount of time there, and you'll eventually get hungry.  Dare you leave and go elsewhere, possibly with a wait (especially true if you are visiting in-season)?  Or do you stay put and let the good times roll?  Allow us to make your decision easier with our review of their crab cakes.  Worth the stay, or should you ship out?  Read on and find out what we thought!


Corner Stable

The Corner Stable has been around since 1972, proudly boasting that they serve Baltimore's best ribs at their location on York Rd. in Timonium.  If you've ever been, then you know what a unique place this is.  A small, somewhat triangular, shack alongside a busy road; limited parking wherever you can find it; and horse racing decor on the inside.  It was usually dark, and what most people would consider a dive.  But look past all that and check out the line waiting to get in, sometimes overflowing outside.

Ribs is certainly what they are known for, and if you haven't been, then you are missing out.  My family has been going to the Timonium location at least once a year for a long time now.  No matter how far away we move, we still find a way back to enjoy those delicious ribs.  But, a few years ago, the restaurant was sold to new owners, and the secret rib recipe passed on.  The new owners also expanded the menu, offering Maryland's beloved crab cakes, and recently opened a second location in Columbia.  So do the crab cakes stand a chance in the shadow of their famous ribs?  Read on and find out!

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