A long time ago, there was a bar tucked away amongst the windy back roads around Loch Raven Reservoir called Sander's Corner. This building has a long history dating back to the 1950s, serving once as a blacksmith shop, post office, and several restaurants. Today, it remains a restaurant, whose full name is McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern at Sander's Corner. The kitchen focuses on local and seasonal dishes, putting together items that are both family friendly and have a local twist. Our favorite local item, of course, would be the crab cakes. Are they worthy of a trip out of the city? We went to check it out, so read along and see how it went down!
The menu features Tilghman Island Crab Cakes, a nod to the source of the crabs. You can get them on a sandwich, served on top of lettuce and tomato alongside homemade chips, or as a double entree served with your choice of two sides. All versions allow you to choose between fried or broiled, and prices are Market Price.
The crab cake is comprised of jumbo lump crab meat, bound with an egg, mayonnaise, and bread mixture, along with some spices added in. The cake is of the saucy variety, with the focus being on the crab meat itself, bound together with just enough binder to hold it all together. There were good size lumps of crab, with not too many broken pieces.
This crab cake is out of this world! The crab is nice and sweet, and the spicing is light enough to make itself known, but still showcase that prized crab flavor. The binder has a slight bready flavor, but not so much that it just does its job and stays out of the way. The roll is very firm, so when you bite down, the cake tends to squish out from the roll. We found the tomato to have a really fresh flavor, although it was probably sliced a bit too thick for this kind of application. The cake probably could have a used a bit more spice, but with that awesome crab flavor, we're really not complaining.
If you haven't had a chance to make it down to Fell's Point, McFaul's also serves the Stuggy's Crab Mac & Cheese dog, which is every bit as tasty as it sounds.
Have you experienced McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern's Tilghman Island Crab Cake? Tell us about it in the comments!
- Restaurant Name: McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern
- Address: 2260 Cromwell Bridge Rd. Baltimore, MD 21234
- Neighborhood: Parkville
- Restaurant Type: Local
- Website: http://www.mcfaulsironhorsetavern.com/
- Review Date: 03/23/2013 4:44pm
- Atmosphere: Moderate
- Item(s) Ordered: Tilghman Island Crabcake Sandwich
- Cooking Style: Broiled
- Other Styles Available: Yes
- Available by mail order?: No
- Price: 15.00
- Order Type: Sandwich
- Crab Content: Jumbo Lump
- Filler: Minimal
- Spice: Minimal
- Overall Impression: Outstanding
Rating (out of 5 crabs):