My wife and I went here for the first time and the food was awesome! She got the seafood diablo and I got the crab cake. Understand that seafood borders on a religion here in Baltimore and both dishes were outstanding. For those who can't eat shellfish, I tried the corn chowder which was similarly amazing.
So in short, the service and food were both outstanding.
You need to know right off the bat, that I love crab cakes. Most places here in Maryland know how to make good ones. But then, there's Timbuktu.
Four of us came in on a weekday night, ordered crab cakes, and said we'd like them fried. The waiter tried to talk us out of it, saying they're much better broiled. No, we insisted that they be fried, because that's the way we like them. So he took the order. He brought out the crab cakes and after he walked away, it became quite apparant that they were broiled, not fried.
We were annoyed, but proceeded to begin eating anyway because the
waiter was nowhere around, and we didn't feel like making a big deal out of it. Now the reason I prefer fried crab cakes is that
I feel frying cooks the inside mix of eggy stuff better than
broiling, especially with a big crabcake. Anyway these crabcakes
had a bad off-taste, that to me, indicated their crabcake mixture
was in the process of spoiling.
I hadn't been to Timbuktu for several years, and it will be several
more years before I ever go back, if ever.
Every restaurant in Baltimore claim the best crabcakes. I make my own and know it's not rocket science. And while I've found many places with good crabcakes, this one has the biggest. They are the size of a burger with little filler. They are as good as anywhere else and the quantity is great. Recommended by a friend, we made the drive from Pikesville twice. We live in Florida so we try to get our fill of crab when in MD. Try 'em.
It wasn't all that special.
Granted, it looks like a dive from the outside and it's nicer inside the restaurant, but the prices were a little high for the food quality. We had 2 folks get the double crabcake order - and they were fairly good, but not pheomenal, a few nice-sized chunks of crab, not over mayo-ed, needed a little spiciness (added via the Old Bay seasoning on the table.) We had 1 petite filet and 1 prime rib order, both of which were a little overcooked and again, okay, but nothing to write home about. The prime rib was extremely fatty (not intramuscular fat - as in fat on the outside), and dry (even though I ordered it medium rare); the filet wasn't seasoned properly, and also dry. I suspect it was the beef quality that was the culprit. $5 for a bottle of Guiness is on the high side, methinks. Service was a little slow getting food out (not just us, we noticed, but everybody.) The french onion soup was average.
On the plus side, the onion rings were a clear winner for everybody at the table. Water / refills came fairly regularly, they didn't mess up our special requests, and the waitress was fairly attentive. All in all, 3 stars.
This place has been the spot for me for a couple of years now. I took my fiance there on our first date a few years ago and we have been together since. I had a birthday party for her there in 07 that included 15 adults a 4 kids and only spent $360. I'm talking about people ordering lobster,crabcakes,and all other kinds of seemingly expensive stuff and still didn't even crack the $400 mark. Good Times
Straight off the flight in to BWI to a great find. My uncle told me that I had to try the crabcakes. I kept seeing these mounds of food hit other people's tables (I thought it was chicken salad, because the further south you get the smaller they get) so I decided to ask my waitress about them. She confirmed that they were indeed crabcakes. I asked if I sould get them fried or broiled...she agreed with my uncle and I have never had such a great dish...It was served on a bun sandwich style and I am happy that I was on vacation, since it took me about an hour to eat it all. Did you think that I was gonna waste it?!!! The service was great and I found myself saying HON' before I left...Check out this restaurant...everything is oversized and tasty. We tried the burgers too!!!!
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