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Best Crabcake in DC?

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arugulafilesdc Aug 7, 2008 08:26 PM

I think it must be the crabcake at the Market Lunch @ Eastern Market.

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    SheriS Aug 8, 2008 06:11 AM

    The Sea Catch in Georgetown makes excellent crab cakes.

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      CDouglas Aug 8, 2008 11:43 AM

      CF Folks makes as good a crab cake as I have had.

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        Dennis S Aug 9, 2008 08:13 AM

        Have you been recently? I'm scared about the recent posts of the slide for them. With the old chef, definitely agree.

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          Elyssa Aug 9, 2008 12:30 PM

          I agree. The crab cake sandwich at CF Folks is great and not all that expensive. I did read that recent post about it going down hill (and I personally haven't eaten there in months...I live around the corner but work in Eastern Market so I don't get a chance to have lunch there unless I'm working from home or have a day off) but there was only one post about it and no one else mentioned a turn downhill. So I think it's still worth checking out.

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            trudystarlite Aug 31, 2008 06:46 AM

            I was there last summer and had the crab cake sandwich. It was totally inedible - a disgusting oily patty of bread and nasty crab meat.

            I'm from MD and can appreciate all kinds of crab cakes, but this one didn't hit the mark in any kind of way. Also, my friend's Reuben was pretty disgusting too.

            Perhaps things have turned around since then, but it was such a horrible experience that I can't bring myself to go back.

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            weezycom Aug 8, 2008 06:20 PM

            I love the crabcakes done by the restaurants of GAR.

            1. BigEats Aug 9, 2008 02:14 PM

              I hate to do this because I know it will elicit controversy, but The Oceanaire has really delicious crabcakes, no filler and excellent remoulade sauce. Chances that the crab is from the Chesapeake? About 0%....but these are some darned fine crabacakes.

              I remember Bobby Flay doing one of this travel shows a few years ago, and the episode in DC featured the crabcakes at the Market Inn. I have not had them there. Anybody care to comment?

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                monkeyrotica Aug 9, 2008 02:43 PM

                The Market Inn is only worth going to for two things: she crab soup and the $4 happy hour drink specials. Everything else is Red Lobster quality seafood but with an upscale pricetag. If you want a sitdown seafood place, they're the only game in that part of town. Better off going to Maine Avenue and eating something standing up.

                Don't know if it was Bobby Flay, but I did see Paula Deen's boys go to Market Inn on their show.

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                  Elyssa Aug 9, 2008 02:51 PM

                  The crab cake is decent enough at Market Inn but I find it on the small side (I get the sandwich usually) and it seems a little mushy at times. But I've had it a number of times. I personally prefer the crabcake sandwich at CF Folks more.

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                  travelnurse74 Aug 11, 2008 03:01 PM

                  I love crabcakes and I have been to many many upscale restaurants but by far my favorite cake is from Legal Seafood in Bethesda - weird huh? It has got to be about 90% real crab and their mustard sauce is so good with it. I can't believe I haven't tasted another one better. Most places have too much breading or sauce. Although, I have been to Oceanaire but have never ordered a crabcake so maybe I will try their crabcake next time I go.

                  Speaking of, there is a Bobby's Crabcake in Rockville. Wonder if it is any good??

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                    stever500 Aug 12, 2008 07:34 PM

                    Bobby's Crabcake in Rockville MD is excellent. Finally tried it 2 weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. It was expensive for me, but for $16 or so, I got a crabcake on a sandwich, fries and coleslaw. Delicious in every respect though the cole slaw was fairly bland and needed a little more punch. I always eat my crabcakes with mustard and he brought out a HUGE amount when asked. Apparantly I'm the only one that ever asked him for it! Frenches, only Frenches.

                    Steve R

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                      mmusiker Sep 1, 2008 07:03 AM

                      I agree, Bobby's is one of the best around. Bu they aren't cheap.

                      I actually think the Clyde's-On-The-Walk in Gallery Place offers a great "value" crabcake. It is the regular crabcake on the restaurant menu, but only $7.50 at lunch time, and after 3 pm, they are are less than $5.

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                      Hue Aug 11, 2008 03:30 PM

                      Does Jerry's Seafood in Lanham qualify as DC??

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                        Dennis S Aug 11, 2008 03:56 PM

                        Maybe not for the OP - but if it'll help others - put it there.

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                        MDoodle Aug 11, 2008 08:09 PM

                        I don't know if its the absolute best in all of DC but the crab cake at Equinox was amazing. Also had a delicious crab cake at Majestic in Alexandria but I notice its not on their menu any longer.

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                          wayne keyser Aug 12, 2008 07:52 PM

                          Wondering if anyone else will chime in on this one:

                          my all-time best crabcake ever came from a little old lady in a one-person-sized trailer on the side of Indian Head Highway, and I can't say where because it's been years.

                          Handmade right then, an immense crab cake, huge lumps of crab, on a store-bought burger bun ... $5 or $6 (I told you it's been years) and even then I was amazed at the price.

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                            SheriS Aug 13, 2008 04:45 AM

                            Truck is no longer there. They have cracked down on these types of operations -- including ribs and BBQ.

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