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Chick and Ruth's Delly

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You can't get any more 'local landmark' than Chick and Ruth's Delly.  Politicians, dignitaries, celebreties, locals, and tourists agree that your local Ma and Pa sandwich shop is certainly still worth visiting.  Where else can you order a sandwich named after a local politician, recite the Plege of Alegiance each morning, and take on one of the the Colossial Challenges?  And now they have crab cakes available at the shop as well as mail order.  Are they really Crab Cake Central, as the sign outside indicates?  Read along and find out!

There are all sorts of crab options on the menu, too many to list.  On review is known as the #53, which is just the crab cake.  The platter is $3 more.  Crab cake size is 1/2 pound (8 oz.).  Comes served with lettuce, tomato, crackers, lemon and cocktail sauce.

This is a saucy crab cake with big lumps of crab.  The crab has a decent flavor, but not the flavor you get from Maryland Blue crabs.  Spicing is kept to a minimum as to not overpower the flavor of the crab.  Only comes broiled, otherwise the cake would fall apart in the fryer.

Overall, the crab cake has a decent flavor, but is probably a bit too saucy for its own good (which just might mean it needed to be cooked a bit longer).  The crab itself has a nice, meaty flavor.  Could also possibly punch up the spicing a bit more, or offer shakers of Old Bay at the table so you can add your own.  Unless you are expecting Maryland Blue crab to be used, you won't be disappointed by what you get.  Also available by mail order so your friends can see what they're missing by not being here.

EDIT:  As it turns out, they do have shakers of Old Bay available, you just need to know to ask for them!

Have you tried Chick and Ruth's Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes?  Tell us about it in the comments!


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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: Chick and Ruth's Delly
  • Address: 165 Main St Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Neighborhood: Annapolis
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Review Date: 02/11/2012 8:39pm
  • Atmosphere: Busy
  • Item(s) Ordered: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
  • Cooking Style: Broiled
  • Other Styles Available: No
  • Available by mail order?: Yes
  • Price: 13.99
  • Order Type: Single Platter
  • Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
  • Filler: Average
  • Spice: Minimal
  • Overall Impression: Average
  • Rating (out of 5 crabs):


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# gene 2013-03-06 23:27
Stopped for lunch on Monday. Had the single crsb cake. I'm no expert but I was completely satisfied. Good food. Good service. I took a pastrami & corned beef on rye back to the motel for supper. Don't forget about the free pickles.