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Aug 8, 2006 08:32 PM

best crabcake in maryland??

where is the sweetest crab in maryland and the best crabcake?

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  1. the lump crab cake at Faidley's, Lexington Market is the hands-down favorite. There are others people like but none as good as this.

    the "sweetest crab" is kind of up to the crab itself, but you will generally find local crabs to be the sweetest. increasingly sweet from gulf to carolina to maryland. there have recently been several threads about good crab places very recently...Kelly's, Bo Brooks, Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn, Costa's Inn are four I like.

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    1. re: Lowbar

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      1. re: Lowbar

        Fadlieys has been in the Lexington Market since the 1800's.
        The cakes are a real slice of OLD Baltimore, one of he best mid day experiences in town,
        Lunch at the Lex. Nattyl Bo the local brew, a couple cakes, a short walk to the ball park or Inner Harbor,

        You have to stand up to eat ,but the cakes are made with the owners loving hands

        My personal favorite was, and still is "THE PIMILCO HOTEL JUMBO LUMP OR BACKFIN"
        The bad news is "The PIM" is gone, the good news is The Original Receipe Ccab cake is alive and well.

        The chef's son is carrying the torch, delivering by mail (sent me a box of 24 in Mexico City).
        If anyone would like contact info, let me know.

        1. re: Lowbar

          Man, I wish Faidley's was still as good as you say. It's gone so far downhill I don't think I'll ever go back.

          I particularly like the crab cakes at Pappas in Parkville. There are a few other highly recommended ones I still need to try.

          edit: whoah, zombie thread. Yeah, three trips to Faidley's in the last year or two and I'm through. It's gone to hell.

          1. re: kukubura

            Never tried Faidley's but I had a suprisingly tasty crab cake at Ikaros. I had it as part of a seafood sampler platter; the rest of the seafood was just okay, but the crabcake was just the way I like it: lots of sweet lump meat, hardly any filler, no noticeable mayo binder, just the right amount of Old Bay.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Interesting. Not a place I would have expected a good crabcake. You mentioned the "right amount of Old Bay." That reminds me of the one time I tried Duda's. It had a nice consistency but it had so much Old Bay it was like eating a salt lick. I should have sent it back.

              I remember liking my crabcake at Dizzy Issie's or whatever it used to be called. Now it's The Dizz and I haven't been since it changed. But the crab bisque there was as salty as the crabcake at Duda's was. Someone is selling salt by the ton around here.

        2. As much as I like going to Faidley's, I do have to admit that it's got too much filler, and the filler (they use saltines) is too gummy for me. It's more of a down n' dirty experience rather than eating a great crabcake.

          cf folks in DC is easily my favorite.

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          1. re: Steve

            Are you sure you're getting the expensive lump cake? Not much filler in that really, in my opinion.

            I do like CF folks locally (DC) but there are many better ones in Baltimore area.

            1. re: Lowbar

              Yeah, all their crabcakes have filler. It's just a question of what crab pieces are in there. I've enjoyed it at Faidley's and will go back and continue to recommend the place for the total experience, but I still think there are higher quality crabcakes out there.

          2. For crabcakes, I'd nominate Clarkes Landing down near Patuxent, but should add to the list Thompsons Corner seafood market for some nice ones to cook at home.

            1. Where is the best place for Soft Shell Crab? We have had delicious ones at MAMAS ON THE HALF SHELL, but we are still looking for more.

              1. Jerry's Seafood in Lanham. Go early, and get the crab bomb.

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                1. re: beachgirl54

                  I second rec for Jerry's. Also a fav of a well known DC-area chef who praises how they only use the best and biggest meat of the crab for their bombs.

                  1. re: tfbrennan

                    I'll make the third rec for Jerry's but be advised there maybe some sticker shock!!! The Bomb is $30.00+

                  2. re: beachgirl54

                    I recently had a great crabcake sandwich at the Jerry's in Lewes. I didn't go for the bomb but the sandwich was just right. I was quite surprised to find out its a chain and that they don't always use local crabs. I think there is also one in Gaithersburg.

                    The only other place I go for a crabcake rather than make it myself is off Rt. 50 on Kent Island at The Narrows. Not cheap either but has always been one of the best.