Food Porn with James Chang: The Globe

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Fish and Chips from the Globe, photo credit: James Chang

The Globe: Friends, Food, and Soup

Being a Marylander means you have had some exposure of seafood in your life in one way or another. Whether it is crab or scallops, you’ve heard of it or had it sometime. If there is one thing Marylanders are proud of it’s the Chesapeake Blue Crab, and the Globe has made a soup that has embodied that pride perfectly.

The Globe is an interesting restaurant that may be well off the beaten path for the average Joe in Montgomery County. However, it is most definitely a restaurant that could have me driving the two hours for an excellent meal.

The Globe is a standalone restaurant inside of a renovated and revamped movie theater. The decor is modern and simplistic which contrasts with the overall rustic and wooden structure.

The menu is simple with your choice of beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, sandwiches, desserts, as well as a kid’s menu. The Globe also features a separate bar menu. The menu specifies multiple specials as well as local favorites. I chose the House Favorite: Fish & Chips, along with the Local Favorite: Cream of Crab Soup. Considering the fact that it’s along the way to Assateague Island and Ocean City, I thought it’d be perfect to enjoy some good seafood before going to the beach.

Fish and Chips from the Globe, photo credit: James Chang
Fish and Chips from the Globe, photo credit: James Chang

Fish and Chips is a classic dish popularized as the stereotypical English go-to bar food but is now available just about anywhere you can get cod and potatoes. Often presented in mediocre fashion by fast food chains, the Globe brings honor back to the dish with an interpretation that is simple but delicious.

The dish is served piping hot in a wire basket on top of wax paper. The beer battered cod fillets were crispy on the outside but still incredibly juicy and flaky on the inside. Breaking them open by hand produced an amazing crunch before releasing an huge plume of steam reassuring you of its freshness.

The cod has a light yet buttery flavor. Each piece was perfectly seasoned and served with a small cup of tartar sauce. Its texture is almost fluffy as well as flaky as you bite into it. The simple yet delicious beer batter is crisp and blends well with the cod’s natural flavors. The hand-cut fries, or “chips,” are crisp and seasoned with salt. It is strangely reminiscent of the fries from Five Guys and actually makes you want a burger.

The cream of crab soup is highly recommended. It is served in a quaint mug with a Globe Logo on it. It is unfortunate that I couldn’t keep the mug, as the experience is something I would never want to forget.

Crab soup from the Globe, photo credit: James Chang
Cream of crab soup from the Globe, photo credit: James Chang

The aroma of the soup alone is indescribable; the flavor is creamy and seasoned well with what I presume to be Old Bay. However, I cannot seem to pinpoint the exact herbs or spices used as they blended perfectly together.

The taste is savory but is complemented by the signature sweetness of Maryland Blue Crab which spreads throughout your palate.

It is not just the flavor of crab that this soup holds. At the very bottom of the mug a surprise awaits massive chunks of crab meat that adds so much flavor to the soup. The crab meat is juicy and flaky, proof that it is not from the can or frozen. The sweetness of the crab mixes with the flavor of the cream soup to envelope your tongue as if it were being hugged with deliciousness.

If you are ever on the Eastern shore of Maryland, I would highly recommend visiting the Globe. If not for the amazing food and local brews, then do it for the artists and music events that are occasionally hosted at the Globe.The Globe is overall a fun place to enjoy good food with friends, family, or a hot mug of soup.