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Timbuktu Seafood Restaurant
Just when I thought I had good seafood, I followed a tip to try Timbuktu in Hanover, MD. I've been told they have one of the best crab cakes in MD. I've become a crab cake fanatic!
Timbuktu is another legendary institution that has survived the good and bad times yet maintain their reputation through the years. When you mention Timbuktu, all fingers point to the one and only in Hanover, MD. Every place that I've been to I'm astounded by the way these institutions prepare their crab cakes. Some of the ingredients are pretty or slightly pronounced and others like Timbuktu have more mild seasoning but still pronounced. But they all include Jumbo Lump crab meat, chunks with very very little fillers. ALL JUMBO LUMP crabmeat!!!!!
I also was told they have great steaks so this is what I ordered. I have pictures of what I ordered and I will post it soon.
First I had to try the baked clams casino. I'm sure everyone at some time tried one. Usually they use clams that are the size of bigger than a little neck but smaller than a top neck clam. The ones I got was top neck size clams. The filling is most chopped up clams with bread crumbs, a little butter and white wine and minced onions and peppers and a slice of bacon. I'm used to bite size clams casino. Low and behold Timbuktu used the freakin whole clam with chunks of onion and peppers and a nice slice of bacon. Hot off the presses. They were spectacular!. If I go back I could just eat those delicious saavy clam casino. When I saw them I was salivating unconditionally. Yes, the whole clam that's baked might be a little chewy but where these days can you get a fresh clam and eat it whole, so as ironic as it may seem, it was a pleasure chewing on that deliciously fresh clam. Just fantastic!!!!!!!
I always order the Maryland cream of crab soup. Some mediocre put in a lot of cornstarch to thicken the soup and some make the cream of crab, so thick and some are kinda lumpy and it surely was the lump crab. At Timbuktu, their cream of crab was a silky, yet thick cup f soups with chunks of lump crab meat. Silky not thick or too thick in consistency. There was a hint of sherry wine. Where the hell are you going to get a silky consistency of cream of crab with chunks of lump crab meat with a tinge of sherry wine. YUM!
The main course, since I heard so much of the steak and crab cake I decided to get the surf and turf, One crab cake and a sirloin strip steam, medium. The steak came out medium and there was a nice salt flavor on the outside. Not overwhelming but just perfect.. The crab cake was perfect, every forkful was a huge piece of jumbo lump crab meat. Very little filling, seasoning was not overwhelming, it was the natural taste of the lump cab meat that came out.
And most important, the service was so professional, they were courteous, professional and times each course perfectly. Where do you get that these days. Either the waiter brings out all the dishes, WRONG and they all get cold waiting to be devoured or one dish at a time and they forget you while the food is sitting under a heat lamp drying out all the moisture.
Without a doubt Timbuktu was a great eating experience, the food, the atmosphere the service was first class and this was during the weeknight late.
On Chef Woo Can's overall rating scale I'm proud to give Timbuktu a 500+.
Good value, fresh seafood and just delicious. I definitely will be going back!!!!!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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