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Jan 15, 2008 03:46 AM


Went to the Lexington Market for the first time Saturday. At Faidleys, had 6 large oysters ($4.20 for three), They were large but mostly tasteless, and a beer. Then went in search of the famous crabcake! Ordered a lump one ($12.75) and it was DELICIOUS! But tell me fellow hounders...isn't it just crab, ritz crackers, and melted butter? I didn't taste anything else in it, even Old Bay...if so, easier, and cheaper to make at home, yes?
The atmosphere would be better and one could sit down!

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  1. I made a special trip to Faidleys for a crabcake some time ago. My wife and I both thought they were very good, but not necessarily better than what I make at home. However, at nearly $30/lb (where I am in NJ) for lump blue crab, I'm not sure they are much cheaper to make at home.

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    1. re: bnemes3343

      Thats the way I feel about Faidleys, they are good but not any better then I make at home.

    2. You and I should really do some chowing together -- we're both running around town eating the same things.

      However, I like the atmosphere at Faidleys -- part of the fun of it is the whole market experience, even the standing up. Making it at home wouldn't be nearly as interesting.

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      1. re: JonParker

        Yes, I did enjoy the atmosphere...and the market was fun...I guess I'm being snobbish in that when I spend that much on a crabcake I want to sit and enjoy it! Also...I'm sure saltines are was just so buttery tasting that I thought ritz right away.
        I have found jumbo lump crabmeat for $11.50 at DiPaula' fish market in Rosedale...not from MD, but theirs is usually very good!

        1. re: ko1

          Do we know this for sure? I thought it was cracker meal or even, maybe, a slice of white bread. I also have to say I always thought the Faidley's crabcake was more mayo and mustard-y than buttery.

          ... either way, it's damn good.

          (Am I the only one that hates the way you smell after a visit to the market though? I love the place but I don't go nearly as often as I would otherwise, because I feel like once I leave the smell has permeated my clothes to such a degree its almost embarrassing to be around other people....)

          1. re: charmedgirl

            There was a Faidley's segment on a Food Network show in which Saltines were noted as part of the recipe. Of course, I enjoy Faidley's crabcakes and the ambience, but I do find them a bit gummy from the Saltines.

            1. re: Steve

              Great, thanks for the info Steve!

            2. re: charmedgirl

              YES! I got into my car and wondered what the smell was...followed me all the way home! Nice reminder of the cake though! I didn't taste the mayo or mustard...just butter and butter! Yummy...everything is improved with butter!!

          2. On a thinly related note, has anyone gone to Thompson's Seafood Corner (or any other place like this) any time recently? They used to sell uncooked crabcakes for about $7 and they were very good. I've been trying to get my wife to go on a day trip with me to pick some up and grab some lunch either there or along the way.

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            1. re: Dennis S

              Each of Faidley's CC's have a different binder and dressing according to Mrs. Devine.

            2. I took my friend from Denmark to Faidley's for his first ever crabcake a few months ago. He described it as "life changing."

              I do think a better crab cake in the Baltimore area is hard to find. And, personally, I couldn't make a better one at home, but then again, I'm not very good at frying or broiling.

              And, I LOVE Lexington Market. (My Danish friend, believing the stereotype that the US had bad food couldn't believe it, and asked if markets like Lexington were in every city in the US. No. I said, a few cities have markets, but nothing quite as wonderful as Lexington!)

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              1. re: baltoellen

                For sure, regardless of your opinion of Faidley's crab cakes, there is nothing like the markets in Baltimore (and other cities). My wife's experience with the Lexington Market goes back to the 50's; mine not quite as old (early 70's). Although it has changed alot over the decades, it is definitely an experience not to be missed. Back when my wife used to go as a kid, they actually used to make fresh (Lays??) potato chips in the market. Not any more...

                PBS did an hour long special on markets like this some years ago, featuring markets from many, many places across the USA. It was really enjoyable.

                1. re: bnemes3343

                  Utz made the chips fresh, Castle Farms made the best butter and cottage cheese you ever tasted and real home-made birch beer. There was a bakery with amazing Russian black bread. I used to love the pickled pig's feet, too.

                  1. re: ko1

                    yes, Utz was it!!! Thanks. No doubt my wife would have told me when I got home...

                  2. re: bnemes3343

                    I saw that show, and they started with our own Lexington Mkt. I actually went looking for the big piece of liver they featured, since it's the first I ever heard of it. There are really few cities in the US that have a market as fabulous as Lexington, and even fewer that have a "market system," with markets around town. (I just wish my local Broadway Mkt would get a few more vendors.....)

                    1. re: baltoellen

                      Is this the same Lexington Market as the Lexington Market in Baltimore? Reading Terminal in Philadelphia and Pike's market in Seattle are far superior to Lexington, which is, rather bluntly, downmarket. The Baltimore's farmer's market under I-83 and in Waverly are much better markets if you are looking for quality produce.

                      I will say that Lexington is the one place I still can go to find freshly grated coconut for my coconut layer cake, and fresh Utz potato chips. Beyond that, nothing at Lexington is particularly good.

                      1. re: Roland Parker

                        It may not be upscale, but it still has some tasty food and it's real.

                        1. re: Roland Parker

                          Personally, I like the fact that it is what you call "downmarket," and find it a great and compelling place. I'm delighted that it isn't quite the tourist attraction that Pike's Place Market is, and isn't given to following the foodie fashions of the moment.

                          1. re: baltoellen

                            I totally agree with Baltoellen. The fact that it hasn't gone upscale is a good thing in my book too...

                            1. re: baltoellen

                              Hey now, we can love on Lexington without dissing Pike Place. (No apostrophe s). Both have things about them to love. And I think its a fair point that perhaps Lexington Market isn't the first place you'd go if you were looking for a wide array of quality, local produce. That doesn't change the fact that it IS the the place you'd go for some of the specialty items mentioned in this thread.

                            2. re: Roland Parker

                              If you are looking for something fancy then you are in the wrong place. But a few weeks ago I needed unsmoked ham hocks, whole rockfish, large quantities of fatback, kielbasa and chicken gizzards for a dinner focused on the food of Normandy and Brittany. I found them all at Lexington Market, where the hocks were sold as part of a "long foot" ("short foot" was sold separately) and the Korean butcher obligingly chopped off the lower portion of the foot for me.

                              You can't beat this, and it is truly one of the melting pots in this town to boot.

                          2. re: bnemes3343

                            The Lexington Market has certainly evolved over my lifetime...never use to be as many prepared food places, maybe Barons,but I can remember the great
                            Panzer-Goetzes pickles and sauerkraut, the two gentleman who use to sell fresh grated horseradish and coconut, etc. but I still ove the "ambience" of the market
                            and even though it may "smell" to some(and I can understand that) I love it!!!

                            1. re: Hue

                              You can still get the fresh grated horseradish there.

                          3. re: baltoellen

                            I have to say the West Side Market in Cleveland is far superior to Lexington. Of course that is just my opinion and Lexington and West Side are very different. I also think the best Crab cakes can be found at the Annapolis Seafood Market.