Alexander's Tavern is a neighborhood bar located in the historic Fells Point section of Baltimore. You may get confused by which door to go into (one goes into the restaurant, the other goes into the bar area), but that shouldn't stop you from coming in. You may not know by looking at the place, but they've won numerous awards, from a "Best of" from FourSquare in the Food category, to 3rd Best Pub by Baltimore Magazine Readers in 2012. If the happy hour specials won't pull you in, then the astounding selection of tots will. But knowing us, we're all about the crab cakes with a side of tots. So we checked out Alexander's one day to check out how they were. Read along to see how our visit went!
When you hear the name Bellissimo, you instantly think of Italian cuisine, not upscale Mediterranean. Bellissimo opened in 2009 with a vision of delivering delicous healthy eating alternatives, featuring fresh ingredients and a warm casual enviornment. Greek and Italian-inspired murals adorn the walls, and the bar area resembles the hull of a ship. One thing is for sure -- they are in Maryland, and like any respectible local establishment, they have crab cakes on the menu! So we paddled in and decided to see how they stack up. Read along and find out how our visit went!
If you're a fan of QVC, then you've probably already know about Bobby Chez. Back in 1997, Bobby (real name Robert Sliwowski) took his late father's crab cake receipe, and along with his mother, created the lightly breaded 4oz crab cake that made them famous. Years later, they're the #1 selling crab cake on QVC, alongside a thriving mail order and wholesale business, and have multiple restaurant locations featuring a wide range of culinary delights. A quick internet search proves that people love them. So what did we think? Read on and find out!
The Bonefish Grill is a national chain that delivers upscale food in a casual setting. Despite the fancy decor and servers in white chefs coats, you'll see people dressed in all sorts of attire, from fancy date night clothes down to shorts and flip flops. No matter what you wear, the quality of the food and the freshness of ingredients will still stay the same. And while the focus is mainly on fish, there are some dishes that originalted on land as well. So what better dish to review than surf and turf? We couldn't think of anything better, either. So read along and find out how everythign turned out!
Cantlers Riverside Inn has been serving fine seafood to the Annapolis area since 1974. Watermen, boaters, and toursists alike can agree that this establishment is the embodiment of a Maryland seafood house -- no frills, just good food. A little bit hard to find, this place has a perfect perch on the waters of Edgewater, not far from Annapolis harbor. They have a solid steamed crab, but what we really want to know about are their crab cakes. Well let's find out!
Once nice days, nothing beats going outside for lunch. And working close to Farragut Square, the food trucks are always near, rain or shine. So on this particular springish day in February, the CCR found themselves checking out the scene, and came across a truck that was featuring jumbo lump crab cakes. "Champagne taste on a Sarsaparilla budget" That truck would be Chef Driven DC. Now, crab cakes aren't always on the menu, but this week they were, and we venture to think they'll be on the menu again. So are they worth the wait, or should you try something else? Read on and find out!
Christopher's bills itself as serving contemporary American cuisine, where personal touches and quality cuisine are the cornerstones of their restaurant. When you first enter, you'll walk through the bar, and come out the other side in a cozy dining room. The atmosphere fits any mood, whether you're feeling social, entertaining friends/family, or bringing a date. But we're not here to bring a date. We're here to sample their crab cakes. How did they fare? Continue on and see for yourself!
The Crab Cake Cafe brings a new twist to a Maryland favorite. Located across from Annapolis High School, this establishment combines the tradition of Maryland crab with different flavors found around the country. Everything is made fresh on the premise from scratch, ensuring the best flavor and highest quality. Their slogan says it all "Local flavors....twisted". Crab cake flavor inspirations come from places such as Texas, Hawaii, and New Orleans. But fret not, the Maryland classic is still available, which is where we decided to start. Do they truly capture the flavor of the Chesapeake? Let's read on and find out!
If you're a fan of beer, and an even bigger fan of real beer, then you probably already know about DuClaw. If you don't (or you're not from the area), DuClaw is a local chain of brew pubs, priding themselves in real beers since 1996. Most people know DuClaw for their beer, but they also have food! The menu ranges between brewpub classics to culinary delights. And one of those culinary delights happens to be their Caribbean Crab Cakes. Did a Jamacian band come out of nowwhere and sing us a song about eating crabs and cheering for beer, or should we send the dish down to the Bermuda Triangle? Only one way to find out. Read on!
It may be considered the end of summer, but it's not the end of crab season! If you're a typical Marylander, crabs are certainly going to be part of your weekends until the boats turn up dry. With so many places to choose from, why not pick a shack? Enter Fat Boys to the rescue, located in Crofton not far off of Rt 50. But while crabs are all well and good, we actually need to stay a little clean this time around (what with everyone wearing white pants for some reason), so crab cakes it is! Does the Shack deliver, or should you stick to crackin' and pickin'? Let's find out!