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

joanna.mcmaster Jun 17, 2009 02:34 PM

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. DallasDude RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 17, 2009 06:45 PM

    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.

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      jindomommy RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 17, 2009 08:15 PM

      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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        joanna.mcmaster RE: jindomommy Jun 18, 2009 07:51 AM

        Oh, that sounds fabulous! Thanks guys!

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        CocoaNut RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 18, 2009 07:54 AM

        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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          joanna.mcmaster RE: CocoaNut Jun 18, 2009 08:01 AM

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

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          J.R. RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 18, 2009 08:12 AM

          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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            joanna.mcmaster RE: J.R. Jun 18, 2009 10:31 AM

            Great, thanks for the advise. :)

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              DallasDude RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 18, 2009 12:09 PM

              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.

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              air RE: J.R. Jun 19, 2009 04:41 PM

              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. twinwillow RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 18, 2009 04:18 PM

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

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                joanna.mcmaster RE: twinwillow Jun 19, 2009 08:15 AM

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

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                  twinwillow RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 19, 2009 04:36 PM

                  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.

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                    bhoward RE: twinwillow Jun 19, 2009 05:04 PM

                    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.

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                      DallasDude RE: bhoward Jun 19, 2009 05:25 PM

                      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?

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                        J.R. RE: bhoward Jun 20, 2009 06:50 AM


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

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                          joanna.mcmaster RE: J.R. Jun 22, 2009 09:14 AM

                          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.

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                            J.R. RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 22, 2009 03:16 PM

                            ouch. gotcha

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                              bhoward RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 23, 2009 08:33 AM

                              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. ;)

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                                joanna.mcmaster RE: bhoward Jun 23, 2009 08:54 AM

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

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                                  bhoward RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 24, 2009 12:57 PM

                                  I have tried and cannot recommend.

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                                    joanna.mcmaster RE: bhoward Jun 24, 2009 01:05 PM

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

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                                      bhoward RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 24, 2009 01:37 PM

                                      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!

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                                        joanna.mcmaster RE: bhoward Jun 24, 2009 01:47 PM

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

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                                        air RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 24, 2009 02:24 PM

                                        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.

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                      uninvited guest RE: joanna.mcmaster Jun 23, 2009 08:13 AM

                      Gotta go with Oceanaire, but pricy.... so if you want decent ones for cheap, Fish City Grill isn't bad. III Forks has really good crab cakes as well, but again...pricey.

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