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Crab Cakes

PrettyPlaty Nov 3, 2008 10:19 AM

Can anyone recommend a place I can get good crab cakes "to go", preferably on the westside? By good crab cakes I mean mostly crab in actual pieces (lumps, I guess) and not too much bread.


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    vivinator Nov 3, 2008 10:30 AM

    try "Little Baltimore" around Washington and La Brea . maybe there is a place around there. jk jk jk hehe

    1. mollyomormon Nov 3, 2008 10:32 AM

      Bandera does take-out and their crabcakes very, very good and just like you described.

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      1. re: mollyomormon
        PrettyPlaty Nov 6, 2008 09:08 AM

        I went with Bandera's crabcakes (I wanted to treat my husband to some tasty food for election night, which is his "football"). They were fabulous- wonderfully jumbo lumpy! Great suggestion, thanks!!

        1. re: PrettyPlaty
          mollyomormon Nov 6, 2008 10:44 AM

          That's awesome! I'm so glad you liked them -- they're some of my favorite crabcakes in the city!

      2. monku Nov 3, 2008 07:47 PM

        In the frozen seafood cases at Costco they have a package of frozen crab cakes that are pretty good with lump blue crab with very little bread crumb filler. The name escapes me, but its a company out of the east coast.

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        1. re: monku
          Servorg Nov 4, 2008 03:05 AM

          Looks like it may be Ivar's out of the Pacific Northwest: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi... although this story is about their arrival at Bay area Costco stores. If anyone knows for sure please post the right info.

          1. re: Servorg
            monku Nov 4, 2008 07:46 AM

            They've had them for a while. Definitely from the east coast. 6 crab cakes for like $12. Probably the blue crab used is imported from Thailand or somewhere like that. .
            Made by Phillips the company that also sells the canned lump crab meat in the refrigerated section.


            1. re: monku
              Debbie W Nov 6, 2008 11:51 AM

              My Costco (Van Nuys) doesn't have the Phillips crab meat any longer, unfortunately. They now stock Chicken of the Sea crabmeat (from the Philippines, IIRC). It's somewhat more "fishy" than the Phillips brand.

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            PrettyPlaty Nov 4, 2008 07:32 AM

            I've seen those- but I believe they had nuts in them, or used peanut oil. (I'm allergic) I remember being deeply saddened- actually had them in my cart and was about to check out when I remembered to read the ingredients, ...

            1. re: PrettyPlaty
              feedthebelly Nov 4, 2008 09:40 AM

              know of any resturants nearer to the beach that have a great homemade crab cake without too much filler?

              1. re: feedthebelly
                mollyomormon Nov 4, 2008 10:12 AM

                The Lobster also has a good one, just not as good as the Bandera one.

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                  cookie monster Nov 4, 2008 12:03 PM

                  Ivy at the Shore gets very little Chowhound love, but I think their crabcakes are great. Overpriced, yes, but great.

                  1. re: cookie monster
                    Servorg Nov 4, 2008 12:06 PM

                    CM, have you ever had the crab cakes at James' Beach on Venice Blvd.? I have eyed them on their menu but never pulled the trigger on ordering them.

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                      cookie monster Nov 4, 2008 01:46 PM

                      yes, but it's been a while. I recall their being good but not great.

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              Adsvino Nov 4, 2008 01:49 PM

              Bar Hayama on Sawtelle serves one--anyone try it?

              1. yummyinmytummy Nov 6, 2008 12:16 PM

                My favorite crab cakes in the city are at the Plam. ALL crab no fillers and they are broiled not fried served with an amaing mango salsa. 3 big cakes are like $23.

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                  xoxohh Nov 6, 2008 12:43 PM

                  I am not familiar with the Plam restaurant. Where is it located?

                  1. re: xoxohh
                    Servorg Nov 6, 2008 01:02 PM

                    I think a little dyslexic typing transformed the Palm into the Plam. Two Palm's in LA proper, one in the West Hollywood area and the other downtown near Staples Center.

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