REVIEW: G&M – Clearly Popular and For Good Reason (2009/Feb)

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If you haven’t been to the G&M restaurant in Linthicum in years or know it only by word-of-mouth, it’s time to get to know it better. Some folks hear G&M and start salivating for crab cakes or monster “Porterhouse” yet the menu offers a surprising array of other reasonably priced options that are as good as (or better than!) the highly touted crab cakes. From the outside, it looks dubious surrounded on all sides by customers’ vehicles. Yet following a fire in 2006 and remodeling in 2007, the G&M is now a very different place. The totally re-done interior has a really handsome, upscale feel to it. It’s a large restaurant that seats 200+ people. The dining rooms have beige walls and dark wood moldings and all the tables are covered in white linens while casual clothes are the norm. (FYI – the Gerry & Mike who’s it named after and opened it 16 years ago no longer own it). We’re surprised that the place is almost full on a mid-week evening at 6 pm! It’s clearly popular (and for good reason as we found out!)

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Crab and steaks originally made a name for the G&M. Featured are: Crab cakes platters ($16 for one, $24 for two), crab cake sandwich ($14), crab dip or crab cocktail appetizers ($12), and Maryland Crab soup or Cream of Crab soup ($5/cup or $7/bowl) as well as special entrees with crab stuffing. Then there’s that 24 oz Porterhouse steak ($20) that defies you to eat it all in one sitting! Keep reading that menu though! You’ll find 18+ non-crab seafood entrees ($16-$33), a dozen meat dishes ($13-20), six chicken dishes ($14-$15) and a dozen traditional Italian dishes ($10-$14). The sum of all these choices makes for some tough decisions! Marty and John decide to try a cup of Maryland Crab soup. For our entrees, Marty decides on the single crab cake platter ($17). John opts for the Prime Rib (“King Cut – $18), one friend opts for Eggplant Parmigiana ($11) while the other goes for Chicken Francaise ($14). The Eggplant comes with a side of spaghetti; the others come with choice of two sides. Our friendly server, “Mr. Greg” (yup, that what’s on his name tag!) brings us a basket of soft ball size rolls (they’re ordinary though and we made a note to skip them next time and leave room for the more memorable stuff!)

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G&M Crab Cake Sandwich

The crab soup arrives in cups filled to the brim, we can see the crab, it’s spicy, full of veggies, not too salty and piping hot – it’s excellent. Side salads are a nice tossed mix (and with a dozen dressings to pick from, we all found one that we liked) Marty’s crab cake is baseball sized (and apparently scrumptious since it totally disappears along with his steak fries!) John’s Prime Rib fills a plate and is medium rare as ordered (it satisfies his beef craving and then some!) Baked potatoes arrive in aluminum foil (shades of the past!) The eggplant fills a large oval plate, is smothered in marinara sauce and lots of gooey cheese while spaghetti fills a large soup bowl – it’s delicious, a bargain and the best eggplant parm that we’ve tasted in awhile! The chicken includes two large breasts with a wonderful lemon butter sauce which made for a heck of an entrée. (We confess though that our eyes opened wide when a woman at the table next to us was served Oysters topped with Crabmeat stuffing ($32); it’s expensive but looks like 6 crab cakes and pretty darn awesome!) Throughout dinner, our engaging “Mr. Greg” remained attentive refilling water glasses and checking to insure we’re happy campers.

Later, for one wild moment, we thought about ordering one of a dozen yummy sounding desserts that are bargain priced ($2-$4) but we were too full and we decided to pass. The food, service and atmosphere leave us happy and satisfied and ready come back (and easily earn “Thumbs Up!” from both of us.)

FACTS? G&M (Linthicum) 804 N. Hammonds Ferry Rd, 410-636-1777, www.gandmcrabcakes.com, Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 11 pm; limited vegetarian options; Full Bar; large parking lot surrounding the restaurant; Heads-up – very popular and having to wait for a table at “prime times” is common

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