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Dudas Tavern

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The CCR has descended upon a well-known watering hole in Fells Point called Duda's Tavern.  Small and cozy, you wouldn't think that they would serve really decent food, let alone crab cakes.  Part of the Fells Point Haunted PubWalk, there is a great deal of history in this tavern.  So how do their crab cakes stack up?  Read on to find out!

Tuesdays is 1/2 price crab cake night.  Price paid included side of fries which are extra, as the single platter by default is served with potato chips.  (But why pass up the opportunity to have some Old Bay fries?)  All crab cake prices are at market price, so the price you pay will vary from mine, as well as from visit to visit.

Single platter is available on bread (i.e. crab cake sandwich) or with crackers, served with potato chips.  Double platter allows you to choose 2 sides.

Spice is minimal to non-existent.  Lots of large lumps of crab do the talking, with the occasional bread crumb or two.  No mention of other cooking styles, but it's a small kitchen and with being a neighborhood bar, you can try and ask them if they will broil it, but I've never attempted that before and couldn't tell you what the answer will be (maybe something to ask on another visit  and report back on).  Old Bay is available in shakers at the table (as well as the large restaurant size shaker at the bar) along with a wide variety of hot sauces, if you want to spice it up.  But the spicing works well with the sweetness of the crab, which really stands out.

Overall, a really solid crab cake.  If you are paying full price for it, then you may think it is a bit on the small side compared to other places.  But with the fantastic beer selection, daily specials during the week, and laid back neighborhood bar feel, it is quite possibly the best crab cake in Fells Point, and one of the top in the city.

Have you tried Duda's crab cake?  Let us know what you think in the comments! 

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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: Dudas Tavern
  • Address: 1600 Thames St Baltimore, MD 21231
  • Neighborhood: Fells Point
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Review Date: 4/12/2011 8:22pm
  • Atmosphere: Moderate to Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered: Single Crab Cake with Fries
  • Cooking Style: Fried
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Price: $9.99
  • Order Type: Single Platter
  • Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
  • Filler: Minimal
  • Spice: Minimal
  • Overall Impression: Outstanding
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):



+1 # Allen G. 2011-12-04 01:26
On our second trip to this Fells Point gem my girlfriend and I both decided on the crabcake. Without question the best decision I made all day! This after some questionable xmas gift purchases earlier in the day.
The cake was average size but above average on crab. All jumbo lump with just enough filler to hold it togeather. I consider myself a crabcake connoisseur and have tried all the "big names" in local cakes, G&M's being the one to beat. I'm not going to declare victory for Dudas cakes just yet, but if it were a horse race this would be a photo finnish! Tho smaller than G&M's, the crab was as plentiful and equally as sweet. Before declaring a victor I'll have to do a bit more research, hopefully very soon. The bottom line, this crabcake is not to be past over and I hope the word spreads about this delicious Fells Point treat! Without question, one of the best crabcakes I've tasted in my entire 35 years.
The declaration of Marylands best crabcake may be something that will never be made certain. I for one think this is a good thing. However if this debate is to be had Dudas should be spoken of at the begining of the discussion and possibly at the end!