By the Docks, a Middle River restaurant, a prominent fixture on Eastern Boulevard, has been recognized and awarded numerous accolades for Baltimore’s Best Crab Cake. Is it the best, many will agree that the large, lump Blue Swimming crabmeat cake, broiled to golden brown perfection reigns supreme. By the Docks’ crab cakes are so popular that you can now have them shipped to anywhere in the contiguous United States.
Owner, John Kanellopoulos, whose family owns the Double T Diners and Yia Yia’s Bakery, treats his customers like family, the family that fills your plate with so much food saying, “You shouldn’t go home hungry.” Portions are very large; take the 9 ounces cold water lobster tail topped with By the Docks’ award winning crab cake crabmeat. How large is it you ask? Well, my dining companion stated, “It’s bigger than your head.” Part of a small group of folks invited in as guests to taste and experience By The Docks’ seafood cuisine I was able to see many variations of their offerings other than my own:
Jewels of the Sea – By the Docks’ colossal jumbo lump crab cake paired with 4 ounce cold water lobster tail, jumbo shrimp & scallops
Rockfish A La Vasca – Pan seared rockfish sautéed with shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, calamari and Johan Crab claw in a traditional Spanish green sauce of fresh parsley, garlic and wine.
Their fried calamari is worth boasting about. Kanellopoulos shared, “We never use frozen and we cut the calamari rings wider than most to keep it tender.” Agreed, the calamari was especially tender. We all tasted the other appetizer of the oysters Rockefeller – their rendition with spinach with four cheeses.
Desserts are worth saving room for and also, large – so ask for two forks. Yia Yia’s Bakery, fills their dessert case with sweet temptations from old traditions like Smith Island cake to their own creation of baklava cheesecake.
By the Docks’ nightly specials like 1 ¼ lb. lobster night on Monday’s for $14.99 or Tuesday’s Crab Cake night for $17.99 and many more tantalizing offerings for the rest of the week. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention their Saturday and Sunday brunch for $17.99 with all you can eat shrimp and oysters on the half shell.
By the Docks has become a destination restaurant, especially for their crab cakes. Reservations are highly recommended.
By the Docks – 3321 Eastern Boulevard – Middle River, Maryland 21220 (410) 686-1188 www.bythedocks Facebook & Instagram @bythedocks
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