On my recent trip to Baltimore, I tried a new (to me) place for crab cakes - Koco's Pub
in northeast Baltimore. First of all, let me tell you that Cousin Johnny gets his Roadfood nose from buffetbuster
, and if he tells you a place is OK...well, it's probably a little better than OK.
I thought that the crab cakes were excellent - and maybe even better than my beloved G&M
. The only downside was the cost - I think that their crab cake platter, which included a potato and cole slaw was around $25. G&M's DOUBLE crab cake platter runs about the same. I don't usually eat two G&M cakes in one sitting, but they make for a nice snack on the plane or in the hotel later. :) Don't get me wrong - I didn't feel as though the crab cake wasn't worth the money. I just thought it was a little pricey....and delicious. Koco's is most definitely a tavern and not as kid-friendly as G&M, if that is important to you.
I also had crab cakes at Olive Grove
, which is right up the road from G&M. I have been told that it is the same family who owns both Olive Grove and G&M and the crab cakes are made from the same recipe, in the same style, etc. To that end, I thought that they were good, but absent the long line at G&M, I would not choose Olive Grove over G&M - in fact, I did think that the crab cakes at G&M were better. I didn't go to G&M on this trip, so that is going purely from memory - but, it seemed as though the Olive Grove crab cakes had a little more filler.