Crab Soup Review

08 Jan

Big Fish Grille

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The Big Fish Grille is an area landmark, located directly across the street from the Crofton gate, if for anything than the big goofy sign along the road, or the fact that it looks like a Bubba Gump Shrimp shack.  The Big Fish is a local establishment, owned by the same group that runs Buddy's, Red Sky and Yellowtail.  Look past the decor and recognize that they have one of the best happy hours around (half off appetizers and bottles of wine!).  One would correctly assume that with the big fish sign outside, they may know a thing or two about seafood!

Drunken Blue Crab Soup

The Drunken Blue Crab soup is a traditional Maryland vegetable crab soup, finished off with a spalsh of whiskey.  Menu prices are for bowls, although cups are available by request.

One of the first things you notice when you are served is the amount of lump blue crab meat peaking out over top of the bowl like a crab island starting to form.  The soup is chock full of celery, tomato, lima beans, carrots, onions, green beans, corn, and peas.  Makes you wonder how there is any room left for the broth.

The soup has a really nice crab flavor.  The crab by itself is as you would expect from Maryland blue crab -- nice and sweet.  The hints of Old Bay in the mix add a little kick.  You can't really taste the whiskey, but that isn't to say that it doesn't help to contribute to the flavor of the soup.  Not overly salty, as the Old Bay provides enough of that on its own.  The oyster crackers are thick and unsalted, and add a nice crunch without affecting the soup flavor.  With each spoonful, there is enough crab to go around and last throughout the entire soup.

  • Review Date:11/30/2011 8:47pm
  • Atmosphere:Moderate
  • Item(s) Ordered:Drunken Blue Crab Soup
  • Soup Style:Vegetable Crab Soup
  • Price:$4.95
  • Order Type:Cup
  • Crab Content:30%
  • Broth:40%
  • Additional Ingredients:30%
  • Spice:Average
  • Overall Impression:Outstanding
  • Rating:



Cream of Crab Soup

The Cream of Crab Soup is laced with sherry and topped with lump crabmeat.  Served dusted with Old Bay and a side of oyster crackers.

The broth is nice and creamy, but almost too bland despite the amount of Old Bay sprinkled on top.  It almost has a bit of a greasy taste to it.  Soup flaver overall is a bit muted, and you start to notice that this batch had too much flour added to it, making it thicker than it should.  Not much by way of crab content, either.  

If you happen to get a bite of crab, then the flavor of the crab is nice.  But there doesn't seem to be a good amount of crab in it to be proportional to the soup itself.  Without a decent amount of crab to balance the thick, floury soup out, the end result is sadly a bit boring.

While our visit was disappointing, our experience at other times has not been.  A friend of the CSR also mentioned that she has had the cream of crab soup before and has not had it taste this way any other time.  This could just point to a consistency issue in the kitchen, and your visit may be better than ours.  If your experince differs, be sure to let us know how it was in the comments!

  • Review Date:01/08/2012 8:27pm
  • Atmosphere:Moderate
  • Item(s) Ordered:Cream of Crab Soup
  • Soup Style:Cream of Crab Soup
  • Price:$5.95
  • Order Type:Cup
  • Crab Content:20%
  • Broth:80%
  • Additional Ingredients:0%
  • Spice:None
  • Overall Impression:Average
  • Rating:



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Additional Info

  • Restaurant Name: Big Fish Grille
  • Address: 1260 Crain Highway (Rt-3) Crofton, MD 21114
  • Neighborhood: Crofton
  • Restaurant Type: Local
  • Mail order available?: No

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