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Crab Cakes... Where To Find The Best In L.A.?

Hello fellow L.A. Chowhounders!

I am a new poster, but I read the boards every day and I really appreciate and value your opinions. I work with a girl from Maryland who loves (obviously) crab cakes, and is a crab cake snob of sorts. She swears there are no good crab cakes in L.A., and I am determined to prove her wrong since I love them as well and have had a craving for them.

So, I'd love to hear any suggestions of where to find a good Maryland crab cake in the Los Angeles area.

Thanks in advance!


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  1. Check out the Pacific Dining Car. The downtown location on 6th St. Excellent. They also, for breakfast due a crab hash. Super!

    1. The Ivy has great crab cakes!!

      Capo has great ones too.

      1. Morton's and the Palm both do excellent, non-fried crab cakes that are mostly meat.

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        1. re: New Trial

          I ate recently at the downtown Palm location, and ordered the crab cakes along with an order of au gratin potatoes.

          Granted, it was crowded with hockey fans going to Staples Center later, however, there's just no excuse for what we received.

          The potatoes were very good, let me say. Hot and cheesy and tasty. No arguments there.

          The crab cakes were another story. They must have already been cooked, and were waiting for the potatoes because the cakes were almost cold. To boot, they were basically flavorless. Now I can appreciate a non-fried crab cake, however, c'mon people how about a little flavor? The crab was soggy and bland, and without any other ingredients to jazz it up, the crab cakes were just a disaster.

          Now Morton's, I need to try for comparison purposes! The Ivy also (Emme is usually spot on!).

        2. Here's an old crab cake thread:

          Your friend should definitely check out The Hungry Cat. Chef David Lentz is from Maryland and crab cakes are sometimes on the menu in some form or another.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Are you the ones at The Hungry Cat are made with Maryland blue crabs (per the OP's request)?

            I'm pretty sure the ones at the Palm and Morton's (as well as the Water Grill) are made from Dungeness crabs -- not Maryland Blue crabs.

            The ones at Pacific Dining Car are Maryland crab cakes, however.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I agree with The Ivy (the one on Robertson is better) and also Kate Mantilini makes delicious crab cakes. I dont think either uses Dungeness crab.

              1. re: flowergirl

                Went to Kate Mantilini 2wks. ago just for the crab cakes and beer battered onion rings. Both were disappointing. Soups were good.

                Crab cakes at Maggiano's at The Grove are delicious. Big and meaty.

          2. I spent a summer in D.C. and your friend may be right - I have yet to encounter an LA crabcake that's comparable to the stuff out east.

            That being said, there are some good crabcakes in LA (though trying to compare them to Maryland ones is like apple to oranges) - the Hungry Cat (not sure what crab), Red White + Bluezz has some delish ones with blue crab, Orris & the Panko-breaded ones at Traxx.


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            1. re: AquaW

              How was Red White and Bluezz.... I have a gift certificate that is burning a whole in my pocket... I want to go.. need to make myself.. it looks like a blast!

              1. re: Kztrader

                Overall I had a pretty good experience (my blogpost from late '06 here: http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2006... ) - the menu have changed a little since my last visit but I believe it's still the same chef so the dishes should still be as good as I remembered. The wine/cheese selections is pretty solid and they have interesting flight combinations, so you'll at least have fun drinking.


                1. re: AquaW

                  It's certainly my go-to Pasadena spot, mainly because the plate portions are big enough where a group of six can order a bunch of them and pass things around the table. So basically I like to turn it into AOC on Green Street rather than 3rd Street.

                  My favorites are the mac and cheese and the short ribs.

            2. Hey welcome to the board, DirtyH2O...

              In the future, I suggest doing a search before starting a thread - you may find that the aphorism "Great Minds Think Alike" applies to your question, and that someone else has already asked the same question before...

              For example, check out:

              Having said that, my vote goes to The Hump, in Santa Monica. By far the best.