Others will have ideas within the city, with some good views of the Inner Harbor, or gritty locales in the hoods. One place with great crab cakes is G&M Restaurant. It's near the Beltway (695) and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, so not a very scenic spot. The building isn't rustic. But the crab cakes are great, and you can head right on down to the Inner Harbor from there.