Let me first start this review with full disclosure, I am from the midwest...Minnesota, to be exact. We are not known for crabcakes, nor does anyone seem to know a thing about how to make one properly. They are more of a hockey puck of breadcrumbs and crackers with very little crab, usually imitation, and smothered in thousand-island dressing, for some inexplicable reason.
I started coming to Baltimore over a year ago, every week, for work. I was excited to try a Maryland crabcake when I first arrived and had a myriad of quite fantastic selections. After eating crabcakes at many of the places purporting to have the best, I came to the conclusion that almost all of the crabcakes I ate in Baltimore were the best, just varying degrees of the best.
Then, there was Kocos.
"Ah man you gotta come to Kocos on Harferd road man!" (Hartford intentionally spelled phonetically, imagine a Boston accent of my good friend Russell).
So, we went. The place is perfect for my tastes...food is served on a paper plate, the staff are humble, honest, local. Drinks come in plastic keg glasses, they've got a bar, and the restaurant is lined with the tacky tropical-themed decor which perfectly scores the yellow walls and local pub-like atmosphere. Don't take this the wrong way, it's great.
So, the crabcake right? That's why you're reading this review anyway...it shot to the top. Always broiled, always made fresh. Full of huge hunks of blue crab, the right blend of old bay and savory mayo, and I'm guessing a few special touches. They have a large shelved fridge in the main dining room where you can see all the freshly prepared cakes waiting to be broiled into amazingness. I prefer the platter with a cesar salad...the chips and slaw are pretty good as well, but stacked up next to pure amazingness it's hard to beat.
I prefer a bit of cocktail sauce, some people prefer tartar, whatever your poison, they'll oblige.
After you leave, you will dream of it. Don't let me oversell it to you, I don't want you to be disappointed dear reader, in fact I want you to have a good experience. So please understand the place is pretty small, kind of tough to get in and out, if you have a large party make a reservation, if it's dead, they'll close...it's worth it though. If at first you don't get a crabcake, don't let it get you down, but come back...
After trying Kocos and putting it at the top of my list, I carried on, soldiered around Baltimore looking for a better crabcake...casa mia came closs, but no cigar. This is it, my friend.
Also, how are there only 28 reviews of this place? On more than a few flights home I've chatted to someone about the deliciousness that is Kocos...seems crazy to me that there are so few reviews.