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Wed, Jul 14 2004 at 11:43 PM

Jerry's Seafood - Not to be confused with Jerry's Subs

Posted by Jason, Jul 14, 2004

Today for lunch, I went to Jerry's Seafood with a co-worker named Ken and a contractor that was visiting us from India. Ken wanted to treat the contractor to a real local-style meal other than Micky-Ds or Unos (which is about as good as it gets when you work in Largo). So what else was there to try but Maryland crab! I had bever been to Jerry's and had only heard people talk about how incredible the crab cakes were there. The general message from everyone was that Jerry's was a little pricey, but well worth it.

Ken drove, cause I had no freakin clue how to get there. When we arrived, we looked around at the strip mall. We saw a drive-up liquor store, chinese takeout, and...wait for it...wait for it...a Taste Freeze? I didn't think any of them were around anymore. The place looked like a dive. No, wait, I mean a strip club. I litterally expected to start hearing thumping music as we approached. However, when we opened the front door, we saw a large, loud dining room full of people. EVERYONE had a crab cake in front of them.

We actually ended up being seated in the "overflow" room. In order to get there, we had to walk back outside the restaurant and next door. They had obviously just opened this section of the restaurant because you could still smell the fresh paint.

Now when people talk about an expensive lunch I think of around $15. When the waitress brought us the menus, I did a double take. The cheapest crab cake on the menu was $25. Who the hell do these guys think they are? Citronelle? We all pretty much looked at each other at the same time and went, "You OK with this?" We even threw around the idea of getting the contractor to expense it on his account. Eh, that would have been unethical. Anyway, ethics aside, we decided to stay despite the fact that it was the most any of us would ever spend on lunch.

As far as the crab cakes are concerned, there are three kinds available for lunch (I imagine the dinner menu is completely different, and even more expensive) - The Crab Bomb, The Baby Bomb, and the regular crab cake. The Crab Bomb is 10 oz. of lump crab meat mixed with mayo and Old Bay Seasoning. The Baby Bomb is the same, but only 6 oz. The regular crab cake is 4 oz. with a slightly lesser quality crab meat. I guess it is not 100% lump crab meat. You know, they must mix some of the crab guts in or something.  Crab cakes aren't the only thing on the menu. They had some regular fish as well, but we didn't care much about that.

We all ordered the Baby Bomb. About 30 minutes later, our food came out. It seemed like a really long time to wait, but the wait ended up to be worth it. This was by far THE BOMB. I've never had a crab cake as good as the one I had today. They broil the crab cakes there and will fry them on request. The crab was ideal. It was very tender and juicy and there was no sign of shell anywhere in it. I don't know about you, but there is nothing worse than having to pick shell out of your mouth when eating a crab cake. I could go on all night, praising this crab cake, but you all might start to think I've lost my mind a little.

At the end of it all, the bill came to a little over $80 for the three of us. I'm still trying to figure out if it was worth it. However, I'd say that Jerry's Seafood is a "Got To At Least Try It Once" restaurant. Oh, and our contractor friend from India seemed to enjoy himself.

Jerry's Seafood
9364 Lanhan-Severn Rd
Seabrook, MD 20706
(301) 577-0333
Map

Dress Code: Casual
Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11-2:30
Tue-Thu: 5-8
Fri: 5-9:30
Sat: 11:30-9:30
Sun: 1-5

Categories: Restaurant Reviews, Seafood, Upper Marlboro
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Kate the Great

Wow! I had an almost identical experience at Jerry's last Friday! I'm totally ashamed I haven't been there before, because I've lived about three miles away from Jerry's for close to two years now. It didn't even occur to me that there could be anything worthwhile in the whole town of Lanham, let alone that strip mall on Lanham-Severn Road.

But I saw Jerry's mentioned several times on Chowhound and had to try it. My boy and I had the same sticker shock upon seeing the prices, but I'm glad we stuck around, because those crab cakes were indeed phenomenal. Did you get the Firecracker variety? All that black and red pepper makes them even tastier.

Yari

I went there as a company meal, and it was amazing. I live just minutes from there and never went before. The calamari was cooked to perfection, the crab cakes were just beyond delicious. I'm taking my boyfriend for his birthdy, he's dying to go there. And you know what? Even though it is a little bit expensive, it's worth it to me! I've also been to Phillip's Seafood (the restaurant not the buffet) in Baltimore, MD. We had the bucket for two...it was awesome, a metal bucket filled with shrimp, mussels, crab legs, veggies, and topped with two lobster tails. That was a feast! With drinks and all it was a little over $100.

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