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RIP McCabes

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My favorite place to get a burger in Baltimore has now closed. Apparently the owner kept the place locked up on tuesday and didn't let her employees know she was closing, nice huh. Hopefully someone will buy it and make it into something great or keep it what it was. God knows Hampden doesn't need one less eatery. Ugh...

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        1. re: hon

          wtf?? for real? is it the same owners that drug it to the ground before or what?

    1. I was told McCabe's was open. I called last Wednesday to see if they would be open for lunch on Friday. I was told yes. We went on Friday around noon, walked in and was told they could not serve lunch because they had run out of food during the "soft opening" the past two days. They hadn't expected such crowds. The guy did show us the menu - it is very different from the former place in that it's much more upscale and much more expensive. No shrimp salad and much fancier food. I was disappointed and don't know if I'll return.

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      McCabes
      3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

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      1. re: kim2310

        I have friends that went this past friday, said the food was great and that the menu wasn't exactly the same but pretty similar.

          1. re: hon

            The crabcake price (2 for $24) is what Pappas charges, so that certainly seems reasonable for two good six-oz crabcakes.

            1. re: Bob W

              and $9 was what the burger was before McCabe's closed.

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              McCabes
              3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

              1. re: hon

                Well are the burger and fries the SAME? Or is the place under new management?

                1. re: HungryinBmore

                  New owners, my friend said the burger was great. I haven't eaten there yet so I don't know if it's the SAME.

                  http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/ingo...

                  1. re: HungryinBmore

                    Oh I See meat from Springfield Farms..wth is that? and "brioche burger buns"

                    brioche burger buns..vomit

                    1. re: HungryinBmore

                      We ate a McCabe's last nite because it's a pleasant walk from the house. Now I never ate at the previous incarnation, so there's no point in asking for comparisons.

                      We had burgers, our friends had the 1/2 chicken and the crabcake and steak. The burgers were good, medium rare was well charred on the outside, nicely pink inside. The buns were buttery (I wouldn't call them brioche). The cheese on top was rather thin and didn't add any real flavor, but the meat was good though it needed more salt. Fries were crisp and fresh. They brought us additional sides because the servings on the plate were small -- the barman explained that they wanted to get the burgers out hot but had just run short on the fries. The roasted half chicken came with asparagus and mac and cheese, which was deemed very good (especially the gravy). The crabcake was broiled and looked nicely plump. My friend deemed it very good. I didn't remember to ask about his steak, but it came out in thick slices and looked very much the way I'd want it (charred and pink).

                      The space is nice -- warm wood tone and brick bar with a small dining room to complement. Still very much a soft opening -- the cash register wasn't working and the their card reader was on a short line on the stairs in the back.

                      We'll go back -- sure, because we're close, but also because my wife wants to try the polenta veggie lasagna and I'd like a go at their crab cakes.

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                      McCabes
                      3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

                      1. re: HungryinBmore

                        Springfield Farms is a natural meat purveyor in Baltimore County. Their ground beef is the best I have ever had -- this is a real selling point for me. I have never been to McCabe's but that alone makes me anxious to go. I've made my own burgers using their beef and it's like crack -- I can't get enough.

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                        McCabes
                        3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

                        1. re: JonParker

                          I have to get over there myself soon!

        1. I went to McCabe's last night. Everything was really good & I look forward to returning to try more menu items. I hope my judgement was sound, it was a long day in the sun without eating anything else but oysters from Woodberry's Festival.... We arrived around 9:00 and the only other table left shortly afterwards, then we had the place to ourselves. The kitchen was supposedly staying open til 10:30 maybe. Someone (manager?) came out to our table and introduced the new menu. They are focusing on local & organic as much as possible, as others have already mentioned. When asked for his recommendations, he let us know the shrimp and grits were a favorite, as well as the crab cakes, crab soup and the burger. He plainly said that the burger would not be up to par that evening because they had run out of brioche buns, so we did not choose any sandwiches. The shrimp and grits were tempting, with andouille sausage, bacon and tomato gravy, but eventually we chose to split the crab cake platter, which came with two sides for $24. This cake did not disappoint! Lots of lump and the binder was more meat. What I like to think of as a sweet fresh taste, this crab cake was one of the best I can remember having around town. The sides we ordered were sauteed spinach with pine nuts and french fries. Thumbs up for both. We also had the crab soup and a house salad. Again, I am giving huge props to the crab soup & do fancy myself a tough critic in that category. The salad was nothing innovative, but fresh nonetheless & plenty big enough for two to split for $6.00.

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          McCabes
          3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

            1. re: hon

              Welcome back, McCabe's.

              Went there last night and I'm glad I have another neighborhood joint to walk to. Arrived around 9pm, and sat at the bar and got served a draft of Dogfish 60 Min in a frosted cold pint glass. The first sip was perfect. There was a few people there at that time, but very laid back and easy going vibe.
              It looks as if they did minimum renovations, but the interior looks clean, open, and inviting. And as of right now, there is no TV (thank God), but that will unfortunately probably change. Please don't add a TV!
              The menu looks very appealing with many options, but I went strictly on a mission to dive into their Springfield Farms burger. Let me tell you something: it was amazing. The meat melted on my tongue. It was topped off with gruyere cheese and a fried egg, and the toasted brioche bun made it all come together. I am very happy that it's so close to home. It came with fries, which were tasty. But, I also got a side of Mac'n'Chz, which was perfectly done, just right amount of cheese that had a nice crust on the exterior and nicely seasoned with the pasta shells.
              I will be back very soon.
              Keep drinking.