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Oct 16, 2006 01:43 AM

Crabcakes at Morton's?

Hey Everyone.

My parents are coming in to town (staying in Rosslyn near my apartment) and have only requested that I try and find them some good crabcakes.

After reading around on the boards, It seems that people here like the Prime Rib, stuff at the Eastern Market, and apparently there is some debate over this G&M place near BWI.

When I had asked some of my co-workers, one of them swore that the best crabcakes he had ever eaten were from Morton's steakhouse.

I know that Morton's isnt cheap, and one would think to go there for steak, but I wanted to know if anyone has been there and can offer any advice?

Also, whats the latest on good places for the crabcakes? I dont mind spending the money, I just wanted some place for them to eat.


(Side note, does anyone know where I can just buy some fresh Maryland crab meat to send them home with)


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  1. For crab cakes, I would send you to Oceanaire, or to Kinkeads for the crab cake appetizer.

    1. It pobably won't be Maryland crabmeat, but Jerry's in Lanham,MD
      has a terrific crabcake and an even better item called a Crab Bomb...

      1. Has anyone been to the Blue Iguana in Fairfax (fair lakes area) for crab cakes? I went years ago and had the best crab cakes, very little filler, big lumps of crab. My FIL went a couple of weeks later and said it was terrible--like mashed potatoes as his analogy. A few weeks after that, we went once more and the crab cakes were great again. This was years ago but the restaurant is still there. I was wondering how it is now.

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        1. re: chowser

          My SO's brother used to be a waiter there. Whenever we wanted to go out for crabcakes, he'd usually steer us clear of Blue Iguana because all the food on the menu was never consistently good. It all depended on who was in the kitchen that night and the server you got. That was about a year ago (he's working elsewhere now). Hope that helps.

          1. re: ubermasonfan

            That sounds like my experience a few years ago. Too bad it hasn't changed. Thanks!

        2. I'm very picky about crabcakes and two places in the area with great crabcakes are Sweet Water Tavern (Merrifield) and Legal Seafood (Tysons II)...both have huge lumps of crab, very little filler and always quite tasty!

          Oh yeah...and I've also had good crabcakes at the Boulevard Woodgrill in Clarendon...diagonally across from Whitlow's.

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          1. re: AlliantK

            Have you tried the crabcakes at the other Great American Restaurants? I'm wondering if they all have the same ones.

            1. re: chowser

              Its a safe bet that they are all the same recipe...preparation and execution may vary. I had the crabcakes at one of the Sweetwaters...they were fine...good by DC/NoVA standards...but aren't all that in comparison to what you can get in Baltimore or, if its your thing, one of the finer dining places in DC (such as Kinkead's or Oceanaire as mentioned). I hear Sea Catch has good crabcakes but I have not had them myself.

              The "blue crab fritter" appetizer at many of the GAR restaurants is outstanding, and I would recommend that over the crabcakes. The hybrid crab/shrimp version available at the Coastal Flats is not as good.

          2. cf folks is only open for midwek lunch, but I'd say it would be very difficult indeed to find a better Maryland style crabcake. Not expensive.