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Feb 13, 2002 10:35 AM

Best crabcakes?

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Being a native Marylander I am in the eternal quest for the best crabcake. I prefer broiled to fried and would like to limit my search area to the Rockville/Bethesda/NW DC area. So far O'Donnell's seems to be the best I can find.
All suggestions welcome.

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  1. Johnny's Half Shell (on P between 20th and 21st) makes a great broiled crab cake.

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    1. re: Ronna

      I second the Johnny's Half Shell recommendation, and I would add Sam & Harry's -- known for the steak but I've had some great crabcakes there. Also, many people like the crabcakes at The Palm -- not my favorite, but they are generous, and all crabmeat.

      1. re: jillm

        Frankly, the best crab cakes I've ever had were at the counter at Eastern Market. They are fried, not broiled, and you probably have to eat them standing up, but they are much better than you get in many formal restaurants at twice the price.

        1. re: mikep

          In an older neighborhood near the BWI airport, the not-fancy G&M makes the best I've had. On a recent trip I sampled both Old Obrycki's in Baltimore's Fells Point and G&M. No question; G&M is far and above.