The Crackpot Restaurant

The Crackpot Restaurant
8102 Loch Raven Blvd.
Towson, MD 21286
Website: The Crackpot Restaurant
June 4, 2016
Sometimes you just have to go back to a place because you remember it as a kid.
The Crackpot qualifies as one of those places. Growing up not far from Loch Raven Boulevard, this was the place my mother and the neighbors would go for a fairly cheap dinner and drinks. Some nights it would be a dinner out there, or maybe a bingo game across the street in the shopping center near the county library. The bingo hall has long disappeared. The Crackpot has not.
Opening back in 1972, The Crackpot was probably the “happening place.”
I remember it as being fairly large and having a pretty big bar. The crabcakes, fish platters and fried shrimp platters were favorites in the 1970s, and if I remember correctly, the adults loved the beers and whiskey sours.
I remember it as the place with the chunky wood fisherman-type chairs you see in a lot of traditional seafood places.
Now, it seems much smaller but is more open. The big bar area that used to be walled off is now open to the dining room. A separate liquor store by the same name sits next door. Of course, it may seem smaller because I’m no longer the little kid tagging along.
The smells of seafood are still there, and the retro 1970s nautical feel remains, complete with large swordfish and sailfish on the walls and crab traps hanging above.
The other thing that hasn’t changed is the friendly neighborhood vibe. Our server was friendly. The people at the next table were friendly. The guy coming in to get carry-out was friendly.
The crabs – a dozen large – were expensive at $85, something to be expected that time of the year. They were hefty and seasoned well, not a generic Old Bay blend, something a touch spicier.
No doubt I’ll be back – out of nostalgia and probably to try the huge crabcakes The Crackpot advertises.

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