Baltimore’s Best Crab Cake (Via Blind Taste Test!) Is…

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I hesitate to even bring up the question of the best crabcakes in Baltimore, since it’s a subject that has been known to end friendships and start fistfights. But in this case, I’m just the messenger! If you disagree with the result, blame the thirteen Baltimoreans who did a blind taste test of six restaurants’ crabcakes. The winner may surprise you….

1. Pappas (8.92 points)

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2. Koco’s (8.84 points)

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3. Captain Treys (7.61 points)

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4. Costas Inn (7.26 points)

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5. Faidley’s (6.69 points)

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6. Pierpoint (6.19 points)
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According to the judges, Pappas won out for its buttery, spicily-seasoned cakes, while Koco’s (my personal fave) came in second thanks to its big lumps and the fact that it “tastes like the ocean.” Famous Faidley’s just barely edged into 5th place because of its substantial filler.
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Does this list seem right to you? If not, here are a few other attempts to find the top crabcake in town.

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    • Papas CC are good! and while your there get six of those fried shrimp (Jumbo). Koco’s is equal in size and flavor, just different. I find it interesting that G&M didn’t make the list. Just on size alone I think they should have been considered. Costa’s for crabs is a better bet and Faidleys for Charm City vernacular to was one down.

  1. I love this! A blind taste test is definitely a good way to go. Koco’s is still my personal fave, but now I feel like I have to try Pappas yet again….

  2. G&M is not good, not only as a purveyor of crabcakes, but as a restaurant. Having to wade through the endless corridor of wait staff taking their smoke break in front of the main entrance is enough to make you puke before you even taste the food. I’ve been in Baltimore my entire life and it has ALWAYS been a tourist trap. The best crabcakes can only be found in the smaller restaurants that cater to locals. Koco’s is badass, as is Papa’s. Gecko’s in Canton has an AMAZING crabcake that I recommend to everyone visiting Baltimore.