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Crab Cakes in Montgomery County

Chocolatechipkt Jan 8, 2008 09:20 AM

Any suggestions for good crab cakes in Montgomery County? Thanks!

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    jrbobdobbs Jan 11, 2008 05:33 AM

    I'll second Tower Oaks for a great crabcake with nice, big lumps. It's even better if you have it during happy hour at the bar after a dozen of the best oysters this side of Old Ebbitt (same oysters both places of course). I will note that the crabcake there seems to have shrunk a bit over the last few years, but I can't complain if paying $7 for a crabcake with fries and slaw. They're also good about substituting other sides if you like, as I usually turn my slaw into a half-caesar or sauteed spinach.

    O'Donnell's is good too, though I haven't had their crabcake in a while (their other seafood that I've had recently still passes muster). O'Donnell's is the only place I've been to that offers you the choice of ordering the jumbo lump version or saving a few bucks by going with a backfin crabcake.

    I've also read good things about the French Quarter Cafe's crabcake in Germantown. I like their "works" gumbo and oyster po-boys too much to have worked my way over to said cake, however.

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    1. re: jrbobdobbs
      writesonwater Jan 16, 2008 01:54 PM

      The Old Bay recipe I have gives 4 cakes per pound. I'm thinking about mini crab cakes, and wondering about how many I could get per pound. Insights, anyone?

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      CDouglas Jan 10, 2008 03:27 PM

      O'Donnell's Sea Grill in the Kentlands.

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        writesonwater Jan 10, 2008 02:03 PM

        Best place to get lump crab in Baltimore County/Annapolis area? I will be cooking for a crew of rellies prior to a wedding, and would love to try the Old Bay crabcake recipe on them.

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        1. re: writesonwater
          bordeauxfan Jan 10, 2008 02:05 PM

          Big distance between Balto County and Annapolis. I buy my lump crab at the Annapolis Seafood location in Severna Park, on Ritchie Highway.

        2. DanielK Jan 8, 2008 05:52 PM

          I second Urban Burger/BBQ, third Bobby's Crabcakes (best in MoCo), and also throw a vote to Ray's the Classic's (unconventional) version.

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            MDBBQFiend Jan 10, 2008 10:10 AM

            I had dinner at Bobby's Crabcakes and was the only person in the place (Wednesday - 7:15 pm). I ordered a cup of the New England Clam Chowder and a Crabcake Platter (5 ounce crabcake I was told). The chowder was nice enough, but not very creamy and was seasoned with what seemed to be bacon that overwhelmed any clam flavor. The crabcake was unimpressive. It had that "premade and warmed up" tired look, and was not particularly sweet. I will say that it was held together by a minimal amount of filler. Both the fries (too many) and the slaw were nice. Cup of soup, crabcake platter and iced tea ran me over $24. Overall, I'm afarid I wouldn't recommend this place.

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            gyozagirl Jan 8, 2008 04:14 PM

            I just had some great ones at Persimmon in downtown Bethesda- 2 cakes with bacon mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, and corn salsa... yummm

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              small fry Jan 8, 2008 03:30 PM

              I"ve had surprisingly good crabcakes at Bonefish Grill in the Kentlands.

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                Linda513 Jan 8, 2008 02:03 PM

                I think the crab cakes at Clyde's Tower Oaks are excellent.

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                  dinwiddie Jan 8, 2008 11:53 AM

                  Ironically, one of the best crabcakes in MoCo is at a Mexican restaurant, El Napolito in Plaza del Mercado. Not cheap, but two large cakes, no filler, broiled, not fried, and huge chunks of crab.

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                    MartyL Jan 8, 2008 10:23 AM

                    another vote for Bobby's, in Rockville -- I'm fairly certain there's none better in MoCo

                    1. inbox_blues Jan 8, 2008 10:13 AM

                      I get my local seafood fix @ Crisfields in Silver Spring, MD (www.crisfieldseafoodrestaurant.com)

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                        nickdanger Jan 8, 2008 09:52 AM

                        PGA Grill on Rockville Pike. Renato's at River Falls, Falls Road, Potomac.
                        Best Value - Urban Burger on rt28/Norbeck Road
                        Avoid Clyde's Tower Oaks.

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                          wookyluvr Jan 8, 2008 09:21 AM

                          Bobby's Crabcakes in Rockville town center.

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                            SpareRib Jan 8, 2008 02:10 PM

                            Red Rock Canyon in Rio surprisingly does a pretty good crabcake. I tried Bobby's and frankly don't get what all the buzz is about. To me the crabcake was dry and the lobster roll was watery - fries were great though!

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