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Crab cake of my youth!

dining with doc | Jul 8, 2012 11:07 AM

As a kid, my parents would often take us for sunday evening dinners and in the summer that meant crabs at Bill Bonds Pump Room on North Ave in Baltimore, And the pump room had the perfect crab cake which everyone would get, Well not long after Bill Bonds died in 1988 the pump room was sold and was becoming a gay bar. With the closing went the perfect crab cake,missing for 24 years. the most expensive version of Faidley's came close, the Prime Ribs was good a lot of places were good but not memorable. Last night we went to Samos restaurant in Greektown section of Baltimore.a small neighborhood restaurant which is BYOB, doesn't take reservations or plastic . started with trio of dips , hummus, tatsiki , and roasted eggplant and garlic served with warm pita. Delicious, then the grilled calamari in olive oil, garlic,and lemon. Fantastic, my wife had a huge Greek salad with their gyro meat on it. I split with my son the Shrimp Plaka, served over pasta in a tomato loose wine and garlic sauce and the greatest crab cakes I have had since 1988. They are creamy wih just the minimal amount of filler to help with binding the crab cake and premium back fin lump crab meat. It was the size of a nice sized burger and it was fried so the outer surfaces had a delicious dark brown then crust and not the least bit greasy...Unbelievable and without question Samos has the beat crab cake in the Baltimore DC. Annapolis or the Eastern Shore.

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