My daughter first turned us onto this place for an all-you-can-eat snow crab dinner. It was top quality crab all the way. Big, thick legs perfectly reheated (snow crab always comes cooked and frozen) with just the right amount of salt. The only thing that was slightly irritating was that the crab was placed on top of smashed potatoes and veggies which made for messy eating.
Watching food come out to other diners I realized that J. Baldwin's was a lot more than just a place that lures people in for all-you-can-eat crab from time to time.
On our last visit it was just my wife and myself and we started with an order of fried calamari. It was out of this world in a lemon butter broth. We almost started with some wild mushroom soup. It's fabulous here.
For my main course I ordered something J. Baldwin's is famous for - crab cakes. They are some of the best in the Midwest and in fact, I'd challenge somebody from Baltimore not to like them. They're that good. My wife on this evening got a Rib Eye steak cooked very rare and as always, it was great. Their steaks come from aged Angus beef.
I can't say enough about this place. They offer very great burgers and some very nicely done custom pizzas and even some low carb entrees for those sticking to the Atkins diet.
I also love what they do for kids. As you are seated, your kids are each given some raw dough and encouraged to mold it into something like an animal, tree, whatever. The dough is then baked in the kitchen and returned to the children.
Kids love dessert here. It comes to the table like a painter's board with ice cream and three separate sauces plus sprinkles, etc.
I don't think they offer all-you-can-eat crab anymore. But I'm just glad that it was that offering that brought my daughter and then us into J. Baldwin's. I haven't sampled everything on the menu but I'm working on it!
Make reservations or get here early on Friday and Saturday night. People love this place and it fills up quickly. If I had one complaint it would be that the tables are pretty close together and it does get loud.
The restaurant is not a piece of cake to find. It's in a small strip mall behind a Sunoco gas station. You know a restaurant is great when it packs in patrons in a somewhat obscure location.
Chef Jeff Baldwin offers cooking classes from time to time during week nights. My daughter has taken a few and loved them. However because I'm up at 2:30 each morning for my job, staying out late on week nights is taboo!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC