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Jan 16, 2005 12:09 PM

Jerry's Seafood or why I go to G&M

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A friend was eager to try Jerry's Seafood on Saturday for lunch so out we went. The place is almost missable as you peak into Lanham. Jerry's is on the end of a strip mall in a small grouping of several.

We received a kind greeting that was perfectly appropriate though slightly less effusive than I was lead to expect by reading some reviews.

An attractive oyster bar was spread before us, but we chose to sit and order.

The challenge for me was to see if Jerry's could live up to the value and taste of the crabcakes at G&M in Linthicum, a favorite of mine and my friends from Baltimore who profess to know crab well.

Due to some budgetary constraints (I thought about $50 for lunch for two would be best), I was unable to do a side-by-side comparison of the large crabcakes both G&M and Jerry's offer. Why? Jerry's "Crab Bomb" costs nearly $35!!!! In contrast, G&M ( ) offers one for 15.50 and two for $20.50. G&M also includes "a Tossed Salad, 2 Vegetables, Bread & Butter and Coffee or Hot Tea" while Jerry's offered rolls, and a choice of two sides.

So onto the food. My dining partner and I each ordered the crabcake plate lunch ($18.95). Her choices were string beans and a tossed salad; mine, vanilla-cinnamon apple sauce and a tossed salad.

The accompanying rolls were heavenly, soft and served warm with a chilled side-bowl with pats of salted butter. These were angelic, fluffy, white rolls with just enough crisp to keep the light steam in.

The side dishes were fresh and basic. Definitely what I would expect.

And now for the crab. It was awfully small for $18.95. The taste was wonderful. Enough spice and Old Bay to season it without distracting from the texture or getting in the way of the lumps of crab. Honestly, I wish I had the cash to try the larger one. I was grateful to have filled up on bread because the crabcake, were it not worth savoring at a more measured pace, could have disappeared with 3-4 sweeps of a moderately loaded fork.

On another note, I was appreciative of the attentive though not intrusive service. The sweet tea, which is always a find, was superb.

For the price though, I just don't see going back again. I think we would have faired much better at G and M.

Note: I have not yet tried Stoney's and the other crabcake places people rave about. I'll add to this once I make it out there.

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  1. I've had crabcake at both joints and I like G&M's much better. Jerry's is almost pure crabmeat, but I like a bit of filler in mine, so that's why I prefer G&M's. Jerry's crab soups are shocking though. Imagine a scoop of crabmeat on top of a small cup of soup, but just having crabmeat doesn't make the soup taste better.

    Jerry's is a bit weird. They have high prices, good food, and attentive service, but the interior is very lacking. It's just a big square impersonal room.

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    1. re: RL

      I would agree on the Jerry's interior. A few times at G&M I had salty waitresses who called me "Hon." I love that so much.

    2. If you want the same deal and crab cake but don't want the wait, go to Timbuktu, my understanding is it is owned by the same folks that own G&M and they take reservations! I've had the crab cakes at both and they are identical.

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      1. re: cbauer

        When I have a taste for cakes I buy a pund of crabmeat and whip up a batch. A few months ago I went to the BluePoint Grille on route 40 in the Ellicott city area and truly enjoyed their broiled shrimp stuffed with crab imperial. As much as I enjoy cakes I generally get crab imperial at restaurants and IMO BluePoint does it better than the nearby Crab Shanty (not putting down the Shanty it is a decent place but I was REALLY impressed with BluePoint's stuffed shrimp).

        1. re: ken

          Timbuktu is off of Route 100 at the Coca-Cola Drive exit. My complaint about Timbuktu is that I always leave smelling like cigarettes (not to mention the long black hair in the crabcake last time I went there).

          I'd like to know if they have the same ownership as G&M, which by the way, you can call in advance to have your name put on their list (which I usually do about 45 minutes prior to arriving).

          1. re: cbauer

            If you don't want to wait for a table at G&M, go to G&M Carry Out right next door and get the double crab cake platter at the counter for $22.50. I like to get a double crabcake sub w/slaw to take on the plane. People go berserk when I shake out one o' those babies!

          2. Very good post, and I agree with you in that I'd be far more likely to go to G & M than Jerry's, though they are very different places. One question I have is where you say you wish you "had the cash to try the larger one". If you mean the crab bomb, it's a bad comparison as the crab bomb is only lump crab meat so it's not really a crabcake. If you already knew that, I meant no disrespect. Crabcake v. crabcake, G & M beats Jerry's (and most other places IMHO) hands down. I know many posters gainsay G & M but I have always had good luck there, and their crabcake sandwich (substitute the very good coleslaw for fries) is always a winner.

            While G & M and Timbuktu are owned by he same folks (or so I've read), I think Timbuktu's crabcakes are a lot creamier, but I've only had them a couple of times as if I'm in that area, I go to G & M. Timbuktu has (or had) excellent Key Lime pie.



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            1. re: KOK

              Thanks for the crab bomb clarification. My next plan, key lime pie!

              1. re: eatsdc

                I've eaten at both Jerry's (crab bomb and crab cakes) and Timbuktu for crab cakes....My advice is for you to do the same and form your own opinion. The crab bomb is delicious and so are their crabcakes...I agree that Timbuktu's are creamier and equally delicious! More crabcake for your money at Timbuktu, but don't go there expecting ambience or great customer service lol.

            2. You should definitely return to Jerry's when your finances permit to try their dinner size crab cake entre and/or better yet, order their delicious crab bomb...Warning, for those of us with small stomachs don't let your eyes become bigger than your stomach can stand...Order the baby bomb..For heartier appetities, treat yourself to the Crab Bomb and you will thank me with every single bite. Forget the location, and even the venue, because the seafood as a whole, will make you forget where you are!

              Jerry's Seafood
              9364 Lanham Severn Rd, Lanham, MD 20706

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              1. re: Bousquet

                I have been a die-hard fan of the original on Lanham Severn Road, but of course having to wait outside in bad weather is a turn-off! And parking could be a hassle. So despite liking the charm of the place, and the waitresses who call you hon, I reluctantly shifted to the new location in Bowie. It is large, plenty of parking, lots of room to wait indoors, full bar...and the same fantastic food. And really comfortable and attractive, if not quite as charming as the original. The waitresses are just as warm and friendly. I happen to love the crab bomb (actually, we get the baby bomb). And yes, the bomb is lump crab meat only. The salads and sides are always very good. I also think their crab bisque is beyond orgasmic - better than Ray's, and I love the crab bisque at Ray's. But no way could I eat the crab bisque AND a crab bomb, even the baby bomb. It is just too rich. Going to Jerry's on Wednesday - can't wait!

                  1. re: Hue

                    Has anyone tried Shoreline in Gambrills, MD?

                    1. re: agarnett100

                      Shoreline is carryout only. I've gotten crabs (live & steamed) and fresh fish from there, but have not tried their crabcakes. The have a bunch of different prepared carryout items. Gets crazy crowded on weekends in the summer.