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Jul 30, 2010 12:20 PM

Best crabcakes in Annapolis?

I am in Annapolis for two weeks doing a show. It's my first time here and I feel like I should have crabcakes. Since I am new to this board, I thought it would be a great post for a newbie.

Anyone have a suggestion of where I should go for Saturday lunch for a great crabcake?

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  1. Fred's Tiffany Room Restaurant. Super Old school place lots of Blue hairs, but really great Crab cakes. All Back Fin Lump meat and just enough stuff to hold them together. They also do a great Crab Imperial. A note of caution; I think that you should stick with traditional MD seafood here.

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    1. re: chefj

      Unfortunately, Fred's has been gone for quite a while.

      1. re: nosey

        Too bad I wonder where my folks go now. (other than at home!)

      2. re: chefj

        Fred's Tiffany room has been gone for at least twenty years... never was all that good anyway. I will second Edgewater Restaurant, 10 mins south of town on Mayo Rd off Rt 2. Old school food decor and wait-staff.. you might meet Ozzie and Harriet while you are there. But don't miss the crabcakes. Note closed monday and Tuesdays

        1. re: JRCann

          Not for twenty years unless I was time traveling and their crab cakes where great.

          1. re: chefj

            Melting Pot bought the old Fred's property in 2001 (for $1.4 million, according to the Baltimore Business Journal).

            If you have a car, also consider driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the crabcakes (among other things) at the Narrows on Kent Island. A quick search of the board should turn up quite a few reviews.

            1. re: crackers

              Sorry to be persnickety, but the Narrows isn't on Kent Island, it's on the mainland across Kent Narrows from Kent Island.

              I second the recommendation of the Narrows, though. The last couple of times I've been there (for lunch) they have had a wonderful special of fried soft shell crabs on a salad with frizzled onions.

              1. re: Hal Laurent

                No need to apologize - I stand corrected! :) That dish sounds really good too. So often the soft shell dishes at restaurants disappoint me, (too small, to heavily battered, too papery...)I usually only make them at home these days.

      3. right outside of Annapolis......Edgewater Restaurant. Old School crabcakes.......

        1. If you are in Annapolis itself and want someplace close Galway Bay actually has one of the best crabcakes there. McGarvey's aren't bad either, if you are staying downtown.

          1. Lewnes Steakhouse is a local jewel and has great seafood as well as steaks
            Tsunami: sushi
            pusser's pub for drinks on the water
            Cantlers for waterside hardshell crabs, steamer clams and fresh seafood
            Joss: sushi

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            1. re: dining with doc

              dining with doc: I wouldn't order crabcakes at any of those places. In fact, I don't think you can even get crabcakes at Tsunami or Joss.

              And Freds? Really? Wasn't that place replaced by the Melting Pot like a decade ago?

              Edgewater Restaurant for best crabcakes. Or buy some fresh at the Annapolis Seafood Market and finish them at home.

              The Melting Pot
              2348 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

              1. re: crackers

                crab cakes at Lewnes are good
                he also said he was going to be in annapolis for 2 weeks thus the other suggestions

            2. For quality and a view (outdoor seating only), I'd recommend the lunch time crabcake sandwich at the Back Porch at Ken's Creative Kitchen. I also quite like the Narrows crabcake, but depending on when you're going, that can feel like a haul with beach traffic.

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              1. re: Jason1

                Absolutely confirm the Ken's crabcake. One of the best, if not the best in the area. Also like the take home one's from Annapolis Seafood. Killer good.