on December 2, 2005
Phillip’s restaurant occupies the end of the Harborplace buildings closest to the Maryland ScienceCenter. It is the building parallel to the USS Constitution. There are four dining areas, a bigroom taking up the entire end of the building, an outside patio, a more intimate room under thestairs, and a take out counter to the left of the stairs.We visited Baltimore fairly often, mainly to have a crab cake sandwich for lunch at Phillip’s. There are two types of crab cakes, red and white, the color being determined by the amount ofcrab seasoning (available in cans as “Old Bay Seasoning”, or add paprika and/or chili powder toMcCormack’s widely available Season All). We prefer white because the lower quantity ofpepper does not cover up the delicate flavor of the crab, and Phillips sets the standard for crabcakes.The crab cake sandwich is straight forward– a bun with lettuce and a crab cake, accompanied bygood fries and mustard and/or tartar sauce on the side– and it is one of finest meals we haveencountered anywhere. Once, for dinner, we broke down and had a diner plate of two crab cakes– more money, more of the same delicious crab, but there is something about crab cakes on a bunthat rises above naked cakes on a plate. The bun is more than a device to hold the crab cake. It isan essential contributor to the experience.I can’t say anything about the rest of their food, which is reputed to be excellent, because wecould never pass up the opportunity to have crab cakes. Neither should you.
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