"Crab cakes and football," that's how Maryland does it. Yes, I'm a Marylander and we do boast the best crab cakes around. There's nothing better than an incredible, rich, and tasty crab cake to lift your spirits on a beautiful summer day. Please don't tell me you're allergic to seafood or dislike crab because I may just cry and men who love football don't cry.
Whenever I'm away from my home state I'm hesitant to take the leap of faith to try a crab cake on a menu. I may be bold enough to order a crab cake sandwich if nothing appetizing on the menu lures me in. A bad crab cake can almost always be hidden by two buns, lots of tartar or cocktail sauce, lettuce, and tomato.
A truly amazing crab cake needs nothing extra. I judge my crab cakes by taste and texture. When I say texture I am referring to the type of crab meat in the crab cake.
A crab cake with solely back fin or crab claw meat tends to be overpowered or filled with too many bread crumbs and it leans more towards the mushy side.
An ideal crab cake finds the balance of jumbo lump and back fin crab meat with the right amount of filler. if necessary, that adds flavor.
People eat crab cakes because they don't want to burden of breaking open and searching for the meat within the actual crabs. I know, a great summer day is found with a bushel of crabs and case of beer. But not everyone is cut out for that.
If you happen to find yourself in Maryland be sure to visit one of my top three crab cake restaurants.
3. Calvert House Inn Restaurant & Pub
This small and old restaurant is located on Route 1 between historic Hyattsville and the University of MD/College Park area. I've been eating there my whole life. I ordered take-out from there the other night and got myself two crab cakes.
Their crab cakes are broiled with the perfect balance of jumbo lump and back fin crab meat. You easily forget about the tartar sauce on the side when biting into them. They weigh about 5 oz a piece and cost $27 for the entire meal.
2. Jerry's Seafood
This restaurant used to be my favorite place to find the ideal crab cake until the new number one came along. Their crab cakes are a little more pricey than the Calvert house.
You eat two crab cakes for $33 or pay one more dollar for the "Crab Bomb." This colossal crab ball is made out of 10 oz of jumbo lump crab meat, loved with Old Bay, and baked. If you prefer the fried side then you can choose the normal crab cakes which are cooked to your liking.
Either way you can't go wrong. If you hate fillers in you crab cakes, then this is the place to go since they claim to have "Absolutely No Filler!" For me, Jerry's jumps to the 2 spot with their tempting options and promise of jumbo lump.
For the best crab cakes out there you need to hit up this place in Hanover, Maryland, a couple minutes away from Arundel Mills Mall
. I first ate here with my brothers and sister five years ago. My brother begged us to go with him for the crab cakes. He called them "heavenly." He told no lies.
The "Famous Timbuktu Crab Cakes" costs $27 and each cake weighs a staggering half pound due to jumbo lump overload.
These crab cakes are so famous that you can even order 4 or 24 to be shipped to your home. They package them with ice packs in coolers to keep them fresh.
I love eating at these restaurants, but I'd much rather prefer sitting at a long picnic table, banging on crab shells, sucking crab meat and old bay out of claws, and drinking beers. Also, whether deep fried or broiled, nothing beats a homemade crab cake. You don't have to be in Maryland to make a great crab cake.
Are you a crab cake fan? Where restaurant is your favorite crab cake located at? Have you made crab cakes before?