To get ready for my Preakness shows and podcasts I went out to dinner with a friend to a Baltimore-style bar and restaurant.
What better way to get ready for the big race at Pimlico than to have some cold ones with some crabs and talk horses. Now that’s a perfect evening.
We went to Crab Corner (6485 S. Rainbow Dr.). Being this was a Baltimore Ravens Bar I was sure not to mention how big of a Pittsburgh Steelers fan I was.
We talked about the Preakness while chowing down some crab. If you can’t go to Baltimore for the big race then bring Baltimore here. We started off with appetizers during Happy Hour.
They have what they call Calamari Fries, which looked like Mozzarella Sticks when they came out. I never had calamari served this way but it was very tasty. It came with a dipping sauce that complemented the calamari.
We also ordered the soft pretzel dip. This was a jumbo soft pretzel topped with fresh crab dip. It’s the first time I have eaten a soft pretzel with a knife and fork but it was worth the effort.
We also had an order of the Boardwalk Fries, which I love. They are fresh hand cut fries cooked in peanut oil and seasoned with crab (old bay). They are so good; if you have ever been to the shore back east you know what I’m talking about.
For my main entrée I had an order of crab sautéed in garlic butter. It’s a messy treat cracking and picking out the meat from these babies but the crabmeat is so sweet.
One of the most popular items at Crab Corner is the Hard Shell Blue Crab, which is flown in daily. I love when they cover your table with that brown butcher paper and bring a mallet for you to crack open and go to work on these sweet crabs. Many people feel the work isn’t worth it but when you taste how good this crabmeat is you will keep coming back for more.
I have had the crab cakes here many times and they are excellent. You get jumbo lump crab meat, not a lot of filler in the crab cakes and I recommend them highly. You can also get mini crab cakes – one of the best appetizers on the menu in my opinion.
One of my favorite parts of going to Crab Corner is taking some dessert home for later. Now this isn’t your normal dessert but something that makes feel like I’m back home and that is Tastykakes. Eating a Tastykake makes me feel like a kid again and there is never anything wrong with that.
So the next time you are craving some crab give Crab Corner a try. I give it 3.50 Forks.
Marco D’Angelo is a Race Horse Owner & Breeder, Professional Sports Handicapper & Bettor. You can find Marco at WagerTalk.com and by following him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas @MarcoInVegas. You can contact him at [email protected].