I consider myself somewhat of an expert on crab cakes. Born and raised in Balitmore, I've tried many restaurants take on our local dish. One summer I decided I'd try their version of crabcake in EVERY restaurant I went to. I found what while every place lists their's as "baltimore's best", there was a wide variance between the recipe, quality, and taste of the dozens I consumed that summer. Some terrific cakes were found in unusual locations. Would you go to Samos, and local favorite of the Greek community and expect to find a terrific crab cake? I past up my favorite Gyro in persuit of the crab cake quest and was very pleasantly surprised. Faidley's seafood, a consistant winner in the crab cake category dissapoints to me. But back to G&M
From the outside, this place doesn't win any prizes. You'd never know how incredible the crab cakes are from the look of the building, with the exception of the packed parking lot and signs. Step inside on a Friday night without a call ahead reservation, and expect to wait upwards of 45 minutes in a cramped waiting area, with people spilling over into the dinning room.
BUT - once you get seated you'll see waiters carrying trays of crab cakes. Dispite the large and varied menu offerings, the vast majority of people zero in on the crab cake platter. My dinning companions amused themselves by looking at all the options on the menu, but I came here to eat crabcakes.
Eventually we all settled on the single crabcake platter. It comes with 2 sides and a salad. I suspected it would be good when I read that they do NOT recommend frying seafood, but prefer to broil it. Points scored in my book.
Any local restaraunt that sells crabs or crabcakes should have a decent Maryland Crab Soup. G&M's was not the best in terms of crabmeat in the soup. No lumps, but some shreds were in the soup. However, the taste and quantity of veggies placed it in the 'good soup' category. Add some more crab meat and it would have placed "Excellent"
To the crab cakes - I heard from a friend that the jumbo lumps and virtually no filler were standard, but was also forewarned that the kitchen is VERY light when using Old Bay Seasoning, so I asked the waitress to bring me extra seasoning. I also learned from experience to ask for the crab cakes well done, as many of what could be outstanding crab cakes are too liquidy inside.
When the waitress brought our dinner, the crab cakes were (after sprinkling some extra old bay on top) were amazing. Huge in size, packed with sweet jumbo lumps of backfin crab meat, moist without having too much liquid, they were without a doubt 'The best" restaraunt crab cakes I have ever had.
Go to G&M if you want to experience true maryland crab cakes. But call ahead.
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