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MarkG Aug 27, 2006 05:21 AM

are there any very good to excellent ones available locally??

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    gromit RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 01:54 PM

    Friends I've dined with at Sea Salt (in Minnehaha Park) really enjoyed their crab cake sandwiches; they also serve their crab cakes as more of an entree. Haven't tried it myself because I'm a sucker for the softshell crab sandwich and can't seem to get out of that rut. The portion size is good, and I've really liked everything else I've eaten there - maybe other 'hounds could give a more definitive assessment.

    I've also had nice (but a little small...) crab cake from La Sirena Gorda in the Midtown Global Market. Nice, hot, and crispy right off the griddle.


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      Danny RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 03:39 PM

      The absolutely best crabcake I've ever had was at The Oceanaire.

      It isn't cheap, but it is well worth it. It is almost entirely crabmeat, with almost no filler. (Oh, and if you ask the coat check person nicely, they'll even give you the recipe.)

      Another excellent crabcake (or crabcake sandwich at lunch) is at Signature Cafe.

      1. mcgeary RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 03:42 AM

        I am extremely fond of the crabcakes at Wilde Roast Café on E. Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis.


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          jumelager RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 07:42 PM

          If you want to make your own Costal Seafood sells them very cheaply and they are so easy to cook at home. They are also a wonderful blend of crab and filler, heavier on the crab.

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            St Paul Susie RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 08:18 PM

            Coastal has 2 types - original has filler & imperial has none. Imp a bit more $...both excellent.

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              djohnson22 RE: St Paul Susie Aug 29, 2006 08:27 PM

              actually there is filler in both: the regular crab cakes are made with claw meat and bread crumbs for the filler (along with onions and peppers, etc); the imperials are made with lump crab meat and panko for the filler (along with onions and peppers, etc). The ratio of filler to crab in the imperials is definitely much less than in the regulars though.
              I agree that both are excellent. The regulars are a bit on the spicier side, the imperials are sweeter and "crabbier"

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              KTFoley RE: MarkG Aug 29, 2006 05:54 PM

              From the Coastal Seafoods website, I notice that their crabcakes are the special this coming Friday & Saturday.

              Get 'em before I buy the last one!!!!

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                Heather25 RE: MarkG Nov 7, 2006 08:24 PM

                Thanks alot, I am new to this site.

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                  poivre RE: MarkG Nov 8, 2006 04:07 AM

                  How can i not recommend the crab cake bendict at Longfellow grill? it's pretty tasty.

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                    Rowdy RE: poivre Nov 8, 2006 05:16 AM

                    Only thing is, are they actually crab??? I had eggs benedict at their sister restaurant, kitty corner from Mississippi Market at Dale and Selby, and I didn't think they were real crab. If they were, they were the oddest crab I've ever encountered.

                    I had crabcakes Saturday night at McCormick and Schmick, and they were really good. No filler, all crab.

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                      poivre RE: Rowdy Nov 8, 2006 11:04 AM

                      friend, we might be talking about different restaurants. the only restaurant kitty corner from MM is Paisano's Pizza and Hoagies. If I saw crabcakes on the menu there I would flip out and kill people.

                      What place are you referring to?

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                        bob s RE: poivre Nov 8, 2006 12:30 PM

                        I suspect that Rowdy is talking about the New Louisiana Cafe, which is next door to Paisano's. The New Louisiana is the sister restaurant of the Uptown Diner, the Calhoun Grill and a few others.

                        It is not the sister of the Longfellow Grill. The Longfellow is related to the Highland Grill, the Edina Grill and the Groveland Tap.

                        So there may be a difference between the crab at the New Louisiana and the Longfellow.


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                          poivre RE: bob s Nov 9, 2006 11:50 AM

                          check. don't eat crabcakes at New Louisiana.

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                            faith RE: poivre Nov 10, 2006 03:51 AM

                            And I found out the hollandaise at Louisiana is from a
                            mix, including yellow dye! Horreur!

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                            Rowdy RE: bob s Nov 10, 2006 05:19 AM

                            Yes, indeed, Bob--New Louisiana was the place I was thinking of. Sorry I mixed up who they were "siblinged" with. ;)

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                      soupkitten RE: MarkG Nov 8, 2006 03:45 PM

                      wow now i'm really confused-- LOL, but i'd just like to second the Mack & Schmack crabcakes & they have great salmon cakes as well-- good seafood specials in general during happy hour, you can order them at the bar by your lonesome & don't have to have a big-deal destination dinner to get sweet, sweet crab cake satisfaction! :)

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