Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008

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The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
2008/01/03 11:46:45
I don't have the pictures downloaded off of my camera yet, so this is just a teaser for what is coming down the pike.

Yesterday, I met i95 and signman for lunch at G&M Restaurant in Lithicum Heights. I had a great time catching up with signman and meeting i95 for the first time. He's really not half the jerk he comes across as here!

After our group outing, signman agreed to show me around Lexington Market, but i95 had to pass. I did hit Faidley's - and only in the interest of science did I agree to have another crabcake. I actually had to wait until we were ready to leave the market, as I was still pretty stuffed from G&M.

Anyway, the official crabcake Smackdown is over - and a winner has been declared - but, you'll need to tune in later (or bribe signman to tell you) to find out the winner when I get the photos off of my camera!
divefl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/03 12:22:43
tease
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/03 15:03:35
Steve,
A word of advice... "It's not a good Idea to bait the man who controls the main North-South Highway on the left coast." I-95 has a history of following up on flame-posts with gift-packs of Broasted grasshoppers and other such items for future Roadfood Doorprizes. Beware when you come to Mobile that he may have arranged for a "payback"!!

I like the crabcakes at both places...my preference for G & M is based on the comfort of sitting while eating a "regular" meal, as opposed to standing at a "snack-table" to chow down on the cake while getting ready for the next move in the Lexington Market.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 00:05:54
Towards the bottom of[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23871&whichpage=2']this page[/url], i95 gives the write up for the days activities at G&M Restaurant.

The first order of business were the fabulous G&M onion rings!



This plate of rings (appetizer size) runs all of $3.50. It would not be an exaggeration to claim that these are a bargain at twice the price.

But, we all know that those onion rings are just filler here. The star of this show is the crab cakes.

signman ordered this fine looking plate of food:



i95 ordered this:



And, I had this:





Here's the scoop on these cakes. I have had these in the restaurant and I have had them shipped to me for home heating. Both are delicious, but the ones in the restaurant are exceptional. There are HUGE lumps of crab bound together by the most minimal filler I have ever seen. I have seen those that claim that there is too much filler in these crab cakes - well, the three of us all agreed that there is no more filler there than is needed to bind the crab cake together.

G&M does a good bit of business, but their service has always been professional and efficient. The seating can be a little cramped, but they are doing some renovations that will hopefully alleviate some of that. But, the best thing about this particular meal - these crab cake sandwiches (which is the only way that they sell their single crab cake at lunch) is an absolute steal at just $12 - and that includes fries.

signman was gracious enough to cart me over to Lexington Market to hit Faidley's Seafood for the other contender for best crab cake in Baltimore.



These pictures came out a little dark. I am still learning my new machine and the Market is naturally dark.

Here's the crab cake:



Howard's recollection is that the cakes available on this day were bigger than he had remembered them. Recalling previous reviews, I, too, remember people saying that the crab cakes here are smaller than one might find at some of the less well-known establishments. I think it was definitely smaller than G&M, but overwhelmingly so. The crab cake tasted just as good as the one at G&M - there were about the same quantity/quality of lump meat - and also a minimal amount of filler.



OK...so, what separates the two? First, it has to be the service.



These are cooked crab cakes waiting to be ordered at Faidley's. I don't know the procedure at G&M, but watching them pull a cooked crab cake off of this tray and nuking it in the microwave for a couple of minutes does not evoke the image of a GREAT dining experience. Howard also told me that he has had previous experience where the cake was not cooked all the way through after the microwaving process. My cake was cooked through, but was not evenly heated by any means. Even beyond the cooking/re-heating process, there was something left to be desired for the service. The employees seemed disinterested, at best (one was on the cell phone almost the whole time we were waiting to be served, one was munching on some shrimp). There was a delay in the preparation of my meal on top of that. It was just disorganized. We came at an off time of day, so maybe they are better when they are busier and HAVE to be more on their toes. And, as Al mentioned, one needs to eat on their feet at Faidley's, as there is no seating. I am probably a member of the crowd who believes that eating a hot dog on your feet for a couple of bucks is OK, but if I am plunking down about $20/meal, I don't think a seat is too much to ask for.

Lastly, the a la carte crab cake was more expensive than the full meal at G&M. I am sure that with Faidley's reputation for smaller crab cakes, the difference in price should be even more pronounced on days when there may be less similarities in size.



So...the result?



In my mind, there is no comparison. The proximity to the airport (where I am likely to be more than downtown Baltimore), the service, the sit-down nature of the restaurant, broader menu for land-lovers, and the price all point to G&M Restaurant as the clear winner!

Feel free to add your comments below. If there is a better crab cake, I'd like to know where to find it.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 08:16:14
Nobody went for the racoon or muskrat?
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 09:12:45
Muskrat and raccoon is more a Michigan thing....in Maryland, it's crabcakes
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 09:45:38
No, Faidley's has a very prominently displayed sign offering Racoon and Muskrat, but sadly there didn't seem to be any available on the day of our visit.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 10:57:08
Ah, I see it now

Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/07 12:22:56
A definate pass on the muskrat and raccoon but I would like to try the smelt.

G & M's crab cakes looked much better than the other place.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
TerpsSkinsFan
Junior Burger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/11 14:38:42
How about Timbuktu in Hanover, Romano's in Glen Burnie or Hella's in Millersville? All three serve crabcakes that emerged from the same longtime Stavlas'family recipe used at G & M's; however, each establishment has tweeked the recipe just a bit over the years, resulting in subtle differences in the crabcakes served at the 4 different establishments. Bottomline, all four are better than any microwaved crabcake from Faidley's! That's nothing short of pathetic.
mollydingle
Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/12 16:58:27
I have to confess, on our last trip to Balmer last September, we preferred G&M because it is a real sit down place. We also liked Gunning's as well.
Sorry about the typing-I have a broken wrist.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/12 17:17:20
There's nothing wrong with your typing, but I hope your wrist heals quickly. It's been years since my last broken wrist, but I still remember what a bother it was.
eatingteam
Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/01/15 21:23:49
Agree whole heartedley

G&M without a doubt...


Tony

Signman when can we get you up in Philly / New York to return the favor
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/02/13 09:21:20
quote:
Originally posted by The Travelin Man

I had a great time catching up with signman and meeting i95 for the first time. He's really not half the jerk he comes across as here!


Um, thanks. I think.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/03/03 14:56:33
I ate at both G & M (Friday night) and Faidley's (Saturday morning) over the weekend and thought that they were both outstanding crabcakes. For similar reasons as Travelin Man mentioned, I am going to give the advantage to G & M. My cousin, on the other hand, thinks that Faidley's is better.

In his trip report, Akavar mentioned that some in his party received crabcakes from Faidley's with a "wet" center, but we didn't experience this.

If I can, I will post some photos later tonight.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/03/04 09:38:24
Please post photos from Faidley's. If you took them in a broom closet with no flash, they'd have to be better than mine!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/03/04 10:05:08
TTM-
Thanks for the reminder. Here are a few from Faidley's.


I had the exact opposite problem as you. My G & M photos didn't turn out too well.

One other photo from Faidley's. They still had a 2007 Baltimore Orioles schedule up and it had this scribbled over top.

As a Pirate fan, I can relate!!!

The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/03/04 10:15:56
Between us, it looks like we can make one decent trip report!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/03/04 10:18:19
Travelin Man-
I think you are right. Of course, it didn't help that when I came back from the bathroom at G & M, my cousin had eaten all of the onion rings, but two. A photo of two onion rings sitting on a platter, isn't too impressive.
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 10:03:00
Had dinner at G&M on Saturday evening. The makeover is just about finished and you would never recognize the place. New entrance with waiting area, new bar with TV's everywhere, second dining level, whole place really gussied up, but still using the same tacky paper placemats with advertising. Prices are the same for now. Chatted with one of the managers (on the job only about 6 weeks, moved down from Philly, a pro) said prices will probably go up about a buck across the board when everything is completed, and seating capacity is about 300. Answer to how many crabcakes they serve, about 12,000 a week; they go thru 6,000 pounds of crab meat a week. One of my dinner companions ordered veal parmigiana, think of one of those chicken fried steaks that hangs over the side of the plate. Huge portions here, great value. Hope to meet oneiron there beginning of July.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 10:27:19
quote:
Originally posted by signman

Had dinner at G&M on Saturday evening. The makeover is just about finished and you would never recognize the place. New entrance with waiting area, new bar with TV's everywhere, second dining level, whole place really gussied up, but still using the same tacky paper placemats with advertising. Prices are the same for now. Chatted with one of the managers (on the job only about 6 weeks, moved down from Philly, a pro) said prices will probably go up about a buck across the board when everything is completed, and seating capacity is about 300. Answer to how many crabcakes they serve, about 12,000 a week; they go thru 6,000 pounds of crab meat a week. One of my dinner companions ordered veal parmigiana, think of one of those chicken fried steaks that hangs over the side of the plate. Huge portions here, great value. Hope to meet oneiron there beginning of July.


We moved to Dallas from McLean, VA over three years ago. The best crabcakes we had were from Angelina's in Baltimore http://www.angelinasofbaltimore.com/ and Fred's in Parole (Annapolis). Fred's closed a while back; is Angelina's still as good as ever? We're planning a trip back to D.C. this summer and a premium crab cake is definitely on the agenda.

BTW: the only decent crabcake in Dallas is at our local Oceanaire.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 13:25:42
quote:
Originally posted by signman
One of my dinner companions ordered veal parmigiana...


Egads! At G&M? " /> Home of the best crabcakes in the world?? I hope you made him or her pick-up the entire tab that evening.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 13:32:07
i95-
I have lots of family, including my grandmother, who live ten minutes away from G & M, who have never been there because they don't like crabcakes! Can you imagine?
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 13:43:07
The veal parm is excellent at G & M, as are the crabcakes, and all the entrees I've had. I almost always get at least one crabcake, but have never been disappointed with anything ordered, though their Md style (tomato base) crab is not among my favorites. Often too bland.

Kevin
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 18:24:40
quote:
Originally posted by i95

quote:
Originally posted by signman
One of my dinner companions ordered veal parmigiana...


Egads! At G&M? " /> Home of the best crabcakes in the world?? I hope you made him or her pick-up the entire tab that evening.


This guy just flat our doesn't eat any kind of seafood, but he did clean out the Royal Farms of all their Berger Cookies, so don't be so hard on him. And yes, as a matter of fact, he did pick up the check (actually it was his boss' card).
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/24 18:26:31
Oh, and they are now using beepers to alert you when your table is ready.
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/25 07:25:23
OK, Howard, unless you come up with a super salad and sandwich place between BWI and Lancaster, we'll meet you at G&M. Send me a PM w/ your cell # and we'll call when we arrive.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/26 08:44:34

1-Iron,
Trust me, Signman won't lead you wrong with this one. The Crabcake is an experience not to be passed by!
Oneiron339
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2008/06/26 16:01:17
quote:
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


1-Iron,
Trust me, Signman won't lead you wrong with this one. The Crabcake is an experience not to be passed by!

Al, we've had them and they are wonderful.....just wanted to try someplace else. But if nothing interesting presents itself, we'll gladly hit the G&M.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/07/13 09:03:50
Ever since I first read this thread I've had my mouth set for a G&M crabcake.  Yesterday, Mrs. Metro and I visited G&M.
 
The crabcakes definitely did not disappoint.  We only had to drive 40 miles, but the crabcakes at G&M are worth a 100 mile pilgrimage!
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/03 14:18:07
Does anyone have the K&M recipe for crabcakes?

If so, would you be so kind as to post it here?

Cheers, John 
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/03 15:07:32
seafarer john

Does anyone have the K&M recipe for crabcakes?

If so, would you be so kind as to post it here?

Cheers, John 
I couldn't find my 'copycat' G & M recipe, but below is a link to The Narrows restautant recipe (with text below). 
 
I like The Narrows crabcake as much as G & M and find it very similar, if not smaller and more expensive.
 
http://www.starchefs.com/features/crabcakes/html/recipes_02.shtml 
 
 
The Narrows Restaurant's Crab Cakes

Yield:
Four 5-ounce crab cakes

  • 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 2 Tablespoons fine cracker meal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Coleman¹s dry mustard
  • Dash of Old Bay seasoning
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Vegetable oil for frying

    Preheat oven to 500°F. Carefully clean crabmeat of any shells. In one bowl gently fold crab and cracker meal. In another bowl, mix all other ingredients. Gently fold the two together and form into round balls. Deep fry in vegetable oil for approximately 6 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/03 21:25:41
So, why would I heat the oven to 500 ?

Cheers, John 
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/04 15:31:49
seafarer john

So, why would I heat the oven to 500 ?

Cheers, John 
You wouldn't. 
 
I didn't read the part about heating to 500 degrees, I was only trying to give you a recipe for a crabcake similar to G & M, just smaller, and more expensive.  I always get them broiled at both The Narrows and G & M.
 
I would broil it if making them myself, though I might also pan-fry as opposed to deep fry. 

seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/04 16:34:00
eruby: Thanks for the recipe, but I'm sure the G&M has beaten egg whites as an important part of the recipe -it's more the technique I need than the mixture.

We've had the broiled crabcakes at The Narrows and they are excellent -and they also stir up a great Martini. The best crabcake and also the least expensive in Kent Island  was to be had at the Angler - either pan fried or broiled. Alas, the place is long gone, burned to the ground and never rebuilt (although they are running a bar with some snacks at the end of the pier just past the Narrows). 

We rarely deep fry anything at home - it's just too darn much trouble, so we always pan fry our crabcakes. However, for the attempt to make one like the G&M  we'll surely broil it. I wonder if cooking it in a 500 oven for a few minutes before running under the broiler might be the correct technique...

Cheers, John   

MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/05 08:34:50
Here's my recipe for G&M crabcakes:

Click on: http://www.gandmcrabcakes.com/mailorder.php?osCsid=386bebfcd561420de32c8e3b160a1259

Open wallet.

A day later, listen for the doorbell!

(Actually, this is barely more expensive than making them yourself).

The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/05 09:34:30
Seriously.  The crab cakes shipped from G&M are excellent.  I found them to be not as "full" as the ones you get in the restaurant, but the taste is identical...and they are still a fair sized cake.  Compared to the prices for other crab cakes in the Baltimore/DC area, even with the shipping, these (while not cheap) are not outrageous for a special occasion.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/08/09 16:53:08
Greymo Posted the following on May 9, 2007:'
 
Here is ocdreamers great crabcake recipe:
 
Crab Cakes
1 egg beaten 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup mayo 1/2 tsp grnd blk pepper
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 TBSP parsely flakes
6 finely crumbled saltine crackers
1Tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 pound crabmeat (backfin preferred)
 
Pick through crab meat to remove any shell, mix igrediants lightly using hands. (I mix everthing but the crab & crumbs together first to make sure it's well blended) Make into cakes about 2 - 3 inches accross, don't make them too big, they will be harder to handle & don't compress too tightly. Now is the most important step, put the uncooked plastic wrapped cakes on a plate in the fridge for several hours, the chilling will help to hold them together. Brown cakes in fry pan about 4 minutes per side. What you fry them in is your choice. One school uses butter and the other school uses crisco (I use butter flavored crisco!)
Greymo's Note:
 
I make mine a bit differently. I always used lump crab (as Faidley's does for their more expensive crabcakes)........and a little less mayo and the only seasoning that I put in is the Old Bay Seasoning. I feel the less seasoning the better so that the crab flavor shines through. Also, in order to get the most delectable crabcake, one should always use fresh crab..........the pasturized crab just does not taste as good. When I make my crabcakes, I put them together first thing in morning and place on tray or cookie sheet and cover with saran and let them chill all dayin the refrigerator. That way they will not fall apart even though there is barely no filler in them
 
I made these crabcakes the way Greymo said. They were absolutely delicious! They were as close to the G&M and Faidley's crabcakes that I'd ordered as could be.
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/09/04 08:39:24
In this weeks WTOP radio poll, G&M was voted best crab cake.
 
No one nominated Faidley's, though one commentor liked it.
 
Link below.
 
Eric
 
http://www.wtop.com/index.php?nid=812&sid=1752462
crowtoo
Junior Burger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/12/31 15:45:06
eruby

In this weeks WTOP radio poll, G&M was voted best crab cake.
 
No one nominated Faidley's, though one commentor liked it.
 
Link below.
 
Eric
 
http://www.wtop.com/index.php?nid=812&sid=1752462



Four months later, I realize that the Washington Post quoted me in this article.  Thanks for the link, I never knew I was famous for my opinion of G & M crab cakes.

"There is no competition in this category, the best crab cake in the area can be found at G&M Restaurant in Linthicum Heights," writes Chris Row.


Chris
crowtoo@earthlink.net
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2009/12/31 16:28:16
I'm going to have to cast a dissenting vote

I acknowlege that the crabcakes at G&m were quite good, as well as less expensive and larger than the ones at Faidley's, and Faidleys also uses more filler.

All that said, I liked the flavor of the Faidleys Crabcake better - I dont mind a little cake with my crab especially when the cake adds flavor and textural contrast as well as binding

JTM, I think you can get seating on the upper decks above Faidley's and the LM itself - but yeah, it's mall food court style seating.  Still, it's a seat.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/02 14:00:52
TJ, That's call the "Freedom of Choice" !! 

However, I will balance the scale (sort of) by voting a solid Best of Show to G & M. We have tried both places more than once and find the ambience interesting in both places, but rate the quality of the Crab Cake at G & M a measure above that of Faidleys.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/02 14:16:32
I've never been to either place, unfortunately. But I have had crabcakes from both places shipped to me. The ones shipped from G&M were superior to the ones shipped from Faidley's.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/02 18:07:08
Michael Hoffman

I've never been to either place, unfortunately. But I have had crabcakes from both places shipped to me. The ones shipped from G&M were superior to the ones shipped from Faidley's.


We've eaten at Angelina's, G&M, and Faidey's.  Angelina's and G&M were EXCELLENT; Faidey's was very good.  We've ordered FedEx from G&M and Angelina's and G&M was EXCELLENT; Angelina's was very good.
 
Bottom line:  by air, land, & bay:  G&M RULES!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/04 02:01:10
TJ Jackson

I'm going to have to cast a dissenting vote


Feel free to cast a dissenting vote.  It's just that you're wrong. 
beijinger
Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/04 05:21:25
Miss the Maryland Blue crab Cakes, that some mighty fine eating. The don't serve anything of that magnitute of beauty in Beijing China. Signman a dinner companion ordering Veal Parm a beauty of a plate lap-over Chicken fried steaks has me lmao in chopsticks.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/04 09:17:20
The Travelin Man
TJ Jackson
I'm going to have to cast a dissenting vote

Feel free to cast a dissenting vote.  It's just that you're wrong. 

Being married and all, I am used to being wrong - even when I am right. :-)

So no problem
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/04 10:40:50
I thought I was wrong once.....but I was wrong! 
Scorereader
Sirloin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/01/07 11:10:59
I recent had Faidley's on a Balto weekend getaway (oh yeah, it's real far in rush hour traffic )

It was expensive, and really good - BUT, I wasn't blown away as I had hoped. Maybe I built it up too far. And, standing and eating stinks.

Hopefully, we'll get to G&M on our next Balto run and I can compare.


BelRose
Hamburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/04/20 14:15:37
beijinger

Miss the Maryland Blue crab Cakes, that some mighty fine eating. The don't serve anything of that magnitute of beauty in Beijing China.

G&M like Phillips uses Portunus Pelagicu “blue swimmer crab” as opposed to Callinectes Sapidus “Beautiful Swimmer”, “Maryland Blue Crab”, “Chesapeake Blue Crabs” or just plain old “Blue Crabs” this is one of the reasons why they can offer such a large portion at such a low price.  In fairness to both G&M and Phillips they do not claim to be using the latter and are only mildly deceptive by calling them “Maryland Crab Cakes.”  Personally I am not a fan of either G&M or Faidley’s, I believe that you will find far better crab cakes at Suicide Bridge, Prime Rib (not exactly roadfood, but an amazing crab cake), Cantlers, and Waterman’s. 
 
As a side bar, I actually find that crab cakes that are made from or contain a portion of backfin meat tend to have more crab flavor than the large lumps.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/03 15:23:56
Not  sure if  I  should  be  posting this here  but  the Mods can  change it if  I  should be posting  it  in  wrong place. 

We  were back at G & Ms  for the  first time since  their  fire.  We were meeting my  son-in-law  who  was in  airport area on business.  He  asked what the dress code was  and  I  told him  that  it  was  a  sort of  dumpy  place  but  the food was wonderful.

Well, we arrived and walked in and  were  stunned....................wow..............this  place now  looks  pretty darn  upscale.  We were very  impressed.  We had  a nice meal,  lots of laughs, and painfully slow service.  It was a 40 minute wait  between  salad and  entree.  The  waitress made the  excuse  that meal  was delivered late  because  of one of the kids having ordered veal  Parmesan

Oh  yes,  the prices have not changed.
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/03 16:02:14
Michael Hoffman

I've never been to either place, unfortunately. But I have had crabcakes from both places shipped to me. The ones shipped from G&M were superior to the ones shipped from Faidley's.


OK, I'm convinced.  Ka-ching! Order placed to G & M.  The wife is a Baltimoron, and loves crabcakes. (shhhh!  Thursday is her birthday)
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/03 20:16:10
Don,  Please report back on the evaluation of G&M's mail order Crabcakes. I trust Michael's comments, but I would like to hear from others who use the net to order them. We have enjoyed them several times 'in person' but not since the fire and reopening. I guess another Baltimore trip is in order.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 14:31:32
Al,

I, too, have ordered the G&M crab cakes online and can report that they are excellent.  They don't seem quite as HUGE as the ones you get in the restaurant, but that could just be perception.  They taste identical.  The shipping makes ordering them frequently somewhat prohibitive, but I suppose it is cheaper than going to Baltimore!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 16:41:18
I believe that the single crabcake platter was  about  $16.00  the night that we went there.  I  have  shipped  four of them  at  total cost  of  $86.oo  so  that is not that bad for shipping.  Think how much it would cost for gas to fill your car  a time or two!
post edited by Greymo - 2010/05/04 16:42:29
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 18:22:54
BelRose
G&M like Phillips uses Portunus Pelagicu “blue swimmer crab” as opposed to Callinectes Sapidus “Beautiful Swimmer”, “Maryland Blue Crab”, “Chesapeake Blue Crabs” or just plain old “Blue Crabs” this is one of the reasons why they can offer such a large portion at such a low price. 

BelRose, how do you know G&M uses meat from blue swimmer crabs?  If true, that's pretty serious, because those crabs are not local to Maryland.  Blue swimmer crab meat is pasteurized and imported from Asia.  The way I see it, that would be more than just a little deceptive.
BelRose
Hamburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 21:38:20
It is pretty well known around Baltimore, but also just taste the meat, it is rather flavorless compared to what you pull out of a crab.  To add to that, I would like you to find anyone that can afford to sell that much domestically produced jumbo lump (another key is the lump sizes are way too big to be Callinectes Sapidus) for such a cheap price, you can't, even the gulf crab goes costs too much.  Washington City Paper did an article about the creative way companies (mainly Phillips) creatively name their crab dishes to make it appear to be from Maryland (I would link to it, but can't right now, just Google "Crab Imperialist"), after reading the article reread the menu and tell me that they use local crab.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 23:27:50
Lest there be any confusion, fans of G&M's crabcakes
may need to express their gratitude to this man...
 
 
...as Washington Post writer Jane Black published an
excellent piece last July ("The Lump Sum; Washington's
swimming in crab cakes. We caught the best of them," July
29, 2009) and on local crabcakes revealing that many local
places serving crab cakes (including the three locations of
Jerry's Seafood) "stopped using Chesapeake Bay crabmeat
years ago in favor of a more reliable source of blue crabmeat
from Venezuela" and which they can have flown-in fresh (versus
the pasteurized crab product hailing from Asia and via boat).
 
That all said, most area chefs interviewed by Black thought
Venezuelan crab to be a good product specifically citing the
crustaceon's "snow-white" appearance and that the crabs are
"larger than their domestic counterparts and provide great
chunks of meat."
 
Caveat emptor.
  
  
 
post edited by i95 - 2010/05/04 23:33:55
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/04 23:31:09
Yeah, I Googled around a bit and it confirmed your statement - apparently G & M has acknowledged using imported, pasteurized crabmeat in their cakes.  Many, but by no means all, other Maryland crab cake makers do the same thing, apparently.

I saw that article about how Phillips has a product where they "glue" bits and pieces of crab into "lumps."  Amazing.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Crabcake Smackdown - G&M vs Faidleys - Jan 2008 2010/05/05 07:58:30
I think I've mentioned this before. 

A small crabbing industry is developing in the lower Hudson River - within sight of the towers of Manhattan.
The thing of interest to Roadfooders is that no local restaurants are serving the local crab - it is all being shipped to Maryland. The reason seems to be that there are no local crabpickers - the infrastructure of a crabbing industry is lacking.

It would be interesting to find out what restaurants in the Chesapeake Bay area are using Hudson River crabs. These, BTW, are the same "Beautiful Swimmers"  as are found in the Chesapeake.

Cheers, John 
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