Jeremy Hylton : weblog : 2003-10-02

R.W. Apple, Jr.

Thursday, October 02, 2003, 9:49 p.m.

There's a terrific profile of R.W. (Johnny) Apple, Jr. by Calvin Trillan in last week's New Yorker. Apple is an associate editor of the New York Times and a character. He is a larger than life character -- a great reporter and an expert on food, wine, architecture, and everything else -- and the profile is full of entertaining anecdotes.

Apple has been writing about food lately. I long dispatches from Philadelphia and Baltimore earlier this year. The Baltimore piece merits a brief mention in Trillian's profile; it confirms Apple's skills as a reporter and his judgment on food. Trillan writes:

I was present when he found what he described in the Times as his "nominee for the single best crab dish in Baltimore, if not the Western Hemisphere"--the jumbo limp crab cake at Faidley Seafood, in the Lexington Market--and I can testify that his look of triumph did give him some resemblance to a very big four-year-old.

I can confirm that there is no better crab cake in Baltimore than Faidley's. I lived in Baltimore for seven years and never found a better one.