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Jun 17, 2009 02:34 PM

Where can I find the best crab cakes in the Dallas area?

My husband is from Maine and he is always disappointed with the crab cakes in the Dallas area. Any places that aren't skimpy on good-quality crab, and make them similiar to the one's you can find in New England?

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  1. Hard to find. I use the 21 club recipe but jook it up a bit (spicier and more crab). I make them in to tiny almost bite-sized pucks. Brooklyn's makes them very similar to mine.

    1. I don't know that it can compete with Maine and I have not been to the Plano location, but Roy's has amazing crabcakes. The crabcakes and the hoisin ribs are his signature dishes. I used to work there. They use absolutely no filler. It's pure crab with some veggies for texture and then it's breaded in panko. They serve a lobster butter sauce with it.

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      1. Although it's been a couple of years since I've been, III Forks had crab cakes to compare to the famed Maryland cakes. I don't think there was an ounce of filler to be found. I had them as an appitizer, but have always said I'd order them as an entree on my return. But! be prepared to open the wallet.

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        1. re: CocoaNut

          Not prepared to open the wallet III Forks style, last time we went our bill was nearly $400. We're in a recession, LOL.

        2. I'm not sure of the New England Style, but the best Crab Cake by far in Dallas is at Oceanaire. I consider myself a crabcake afficionado (sp). The ones in Oceanaire are the best I've ever had, anywhere. All Jumbo Lump, no filler at all. No breading . Pure blue crab goodness. They come in kind of a half-ball shape and are baked. A must try.

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            1. re: joanna.mcmaster

              Central Market makes some nice ready and house made crab cakes. They are particularly large and delicious. I prefer smaller bite size with little or no filler and panko crusted. The ones at Central are meaty, but have a fine cracker crust.

            2. re: J.R.

              McCormick & Shmick's also has jumbo lump crab cakes, and I say they're pretty much the same as Oceannaire's, both are definitely good. I'm curious, have you compared the two?

            3. Houston's!!!! Expensive but, worth every penny (er...dollar).

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              1. re: twinwillow

                Thanks guys, we're going to start at CM, and work our way through the suggestions. Appreciate the help.

                1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                  After you finally get to eat the crab cakes at Houston's, you'll wish you started there first and then, quit while you were ahead.

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    I have tried them at Houston's, M&S and Oceanaire and my vote goes to Oceanaire. The near perfect lunch is a crabcake, small order of salt and vinegar fries and a glass of wine from there. Expensive but worth it.

                    1. re: bhoward

                      Almost forgot Chamberlins Fish Market, they are Maryland style served with an almond slaw and a remoulade. Extra crabby. I havent had the ones at Trulucks, but they are a crab restaurant. Anyone try those?

                      1. re: bhoward


                        You nailed it. If I'm in the area, I do that exact thing. Sit at the bar. Good stuff.

                        1. re: J.R.

                          Okay, kind of funny, but can't go to Oceanaire. I dated one of teh chefs while I was going through a divorce, don't want to run into him w/new hubby. So anywhere but Oceanaire, which sucks b/c the food is fantastic. But, drama-free dinner is preferred.

                            1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                              Hmm. You may be in serious danger of losing your Chowhound credentials if you let a little potential "drama" keep you from a superb crabcake. I suggest calling and finding out when the chef will not be there or visiting wearing a wig and Groucho mask. ;)

                              1. re: bhoward

                                LOL, gotcha. How are the crabcakes at Sea Breeze in Plano? Anyone tried them?

                                  1. re: bhoward

                                    Really? Is the place worth trying in general? Or is everything bad?

                                    1. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                      I would say definitely give it a try. The lobster roll is good and the prices are reasonable. Is certainly isn't fancy or upscale. The crabcakes aren't bad, they just aren't 95% lump crabmeat as at Oceanaire. Of course, they don't cost what those at Oceanaire do, either!

                                      1. re: bhoward

                                        Thanks for the advice, I will give the lobster roll a try.

                                      2. re: joanna.mcmaster

                                        Agreed, don't dismiss Seabreeze just because of the crabcakes. It's not their specialty and they've got other good choices throughout the menu. I'm a fan of the fish and chips. They're a good value considering the fish is quite fresh.