Being a native of Maryland, I am always asked by visiting relatives, "Where can I find a really good crab cake?" Well I don't live near the shore where there are a bizillion fresh seafood joints. So although I can think of lots of places I go that serve crab cakes, there are few that really meet my criteria for serving a top-drawer crab cake. It has to be large, lots of sweet big lumps of meat, spicing that adds to the flavor but does not overwhelm the delicate taste of the meat itself (I am a fan of Old Bay, personally), not too much egg, and no shells to cut my gums and fish out of my mouth as I eat.
I and my daughter visited the Ram's Head Tavern at Savage Mill on a Monday just past peak lunch hour. It was about half full of patrons. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. I ordered the crab cake dinner listed at either $26. or $28. - I don't remember which - sorry - which has two crab cakes and a side item ( I got the baked potato). They do also offer a crab cake sandwich for less money. I got the crab cakes broiled, but I am sure most people get them fried.
When they came I was delighted to see how large and fat they were. I got full eating one and my baked potato so I still had one crab cake to take home afterward! But the size is the least important of the important things about a good crab cake. I am pleased to report that the crab cakes I was served that day met all of my "great crab cake" criteria. They were delicious and I only hit one tiny piece of shell. The baked potato was also perfectly done (which happens less often in restaurants than one would think for such a simple item).
I do not live near this Rams Head place, but I will definitely be going there again for the crab cakes whenever I am able. Twenty eight dollars for an entree is more than I usually spend, for lunch or dinner. Also, just a note to those of you who do not live in Maryland : the price of crab cakes fluctuates quite a bit depending upon time of year and also upon how plentiful the crabs are that year. But once in a while, you just have to spend whatever it takes to get that special thing you have a craving for. So if you get a craving for a delicious crab cake, this could be that place for you too! I noticed on the menu that they also serve an assortment of yummy looking sandwich choices, for those among you who are not into crab cakes. Looking around at the other diners I could see that everything seemed to be served in generous portions.
This establishment is located in the old Savage Mill in Savage, Maryland, which has been turned into an interesting boutique-type mall. There are beautiful gleaming hardwood floors in the main section, and an eclectic assortment of shops selling paintings, antiques, art supplies, handbags & scarves, jewelry, pottery, clocks, and general knick-knackery. There is a really cool games store there also. So if you eat there at lunch it is easy to while away an hour or two at the mall before or after your meal with your friend (or in my case, my daughter). It makes for a very pleasant outing overall.
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