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Nov 3, 2008 10:19 AM

Crab Cakes

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

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

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        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

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

      2. 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

          Looks like it may be Ivar's out of the Pacific Northwest: 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

            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

              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.

          2. re: monku

            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

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

              1. re: feedthebelly

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

                1. re: feedthebelly

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

                  1. re: cookie monster

                    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.

                    1. re: Servorg

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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: yummyinmytummy

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

                  1. re: xoxohh

                    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.