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Question for the Maryland crabcake experts

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Island Jan 19, 2013 06:30 PM

On the West Coast and want to send my elderly father in PA a gift of some great crab cakes for his B-Day. Can you please recommend a tasty and reliable mail order source? Thanks.

  1. Bacardi1 Jan 20, 2013 01:07 PM

    I'm currently in VA, not MD, but grew up crabbing on the shores of Long Island, NY, & know good crab.

    While I haven't eaten them myself, I did gift my elderly parents with crab cakes from these folks, & they LOVED them. And my parents were used to doing their own crabbing & making their own crab cakes. They could, of course, just have been making me feel good, but I think they would have been honest if the cakes had been poor.

    http://www.ilovecrabs.com/crabcakes

    Now, while I haven't tried the crab cakes from this place:

    http://www.bluecrabtrading.com/

    I did enjoy a very nice order of seasoned steamed Blue-Claws a few months ago. They arrived promptly, re-steamed beautifully, & were quite full. In fact, I still have some leftover picked meat in the freezer to use in something.

    Anyway - just two places you may want to look into.

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    1. re: Bacardi1
      carolinadawg Jan 22, 2013 07:45 AM

      I recently got lobsters and crab cakes from Blue Crab Trading, and while the lobsters were fine, the crab cakes were not good at all. Lots of breading and no lump crab at all, just little shreds.

      1. re: carolinadawg
        Bacardi1 Jan 22, 2013 08:08 AM

        Thanks - good to know gift-wise. But their steamed crabs were good.

        I rarely if ever buy crab cakes for myself - too easy & better to make myself.

        1. re: Bacardi1
          carolinadawg Jan 22, 2013 08:19 AM

          I agree...I'm virtually always disappointed when I order crabcakes in a restaurant.

    2. d
      danbee1 Jan 21, 2013 07:19 AM

      Google "captain chucky blue bell" or "captn chuckys crab cake co". They have several locations and are terrific. I believe they ship but not positive. It''s worth a call.

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        barmike Jan 21, 2013 07:28 AM

        Not sure if they ship but the crab cakes at Black Salt in
        Wash DC are awesome as are the ones at River Falls
        food shop in Potomac MD. They are both almost pure lump crab,

        1. ocpitmaster Jan 21, 2013 10:59 AM

          Check out phillipsseafood.com........longtime MD crab/seafood restaurant

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          1. re: ocpitmaster
            Bacardi1 Jan 21, 2013 11:08 AM

            Unfortunately, Phillips no longer uses Chesapeake Bay Blue-Claw Crabs for either their canned crabmeat or their crab cakes - they import the crab for both from Thailand. I've purchased both & have read the labels.

            1. re: Bacardi1
              ocpitmaster Jan 21, 2013 11:57 AM

              True; and as a native MD'er, at first I was unhappy until I tried Indonesian crabmeat. Got to be honest, to my taste, it's sweeter, larger pieces comparing jumbo lump to jumbo lump; and never find a piece of shell.
              From talking with watermen friends, a fair share of the seasfood-consuming industry is slowly switching away from domestic crab due primarily to the high level of pollutants and bacteria found in the meat harvested from east coast domestic waters.

              1. re: ocpitmaster
                Bacardi1 Jan 24, 2013 07:25 AM

                Yes, I have to agree with you there. It took me a bit of time to "come over to the dark side" - lol! - but the Phillips product is excellent in both texture, flavor, & processing (as in no shell bits). Even their less expensive "special" (aka claw) meat is terrific, & a great bargain if you just need some crab for a dip or a stuffing, etc.

                In addition, after some investigation, Phillips actually does take a serious interest in where its crabmeat comes from (all info one can glean from their website), which unfortunately isn't always the case with other companies who seem to have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

          2. corvette johnny Jan 21, 2013 12:03 PM

            Philips crab cakes are not bad...not great IMO but they do the trick at home. Do you have a costco near you? Costo carries them here on the east coast.

            If you melt a little butter on those they come to life.

            And they are right, they use asian swimming crab meat. It is good and chunky but lacks the sweet blueclaw flavor...still decent but not up to par with local crabs.

            1. b
              barmike Jan 21, 2013 01:44 PM

              Phillips Crab cakes are ok but not in a league with the
              almost pure lump crab used by Black Salt and River Falls.

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              1. re: barmike
                ocpitmaster Jan 22, 2013 07:00 AM

                Agree; if you can find the brand: Metompkin Bay Seafood, out of Crisfield, MD; they have both hand-picked MD Blue & Indonesian farm-raised. The Jumbo lump is trememdous & no shells.

                1. re: barmike
                  Veggo Jan 22, 2013 08:27 AM

                  Sometimes Publix stores in FL do a buy-one-get-one-free with the Phillips crab cakes- that's the only time I buy them. They are pretty good on an English muffin with a chipotle tartar sauce.

                2. d
                  dining with doc Jan 22, 2013 05:51 PM

                  faidleyscrabcakkes.com ships the world famous faidleys crabcake from lexington market in baltimore

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                    StrandedYankee Jan 23, 2013 04:38 PM

                    I'd have to nominate G & M. They ship, and they make the BEST old-school crabcake I've ever tasted. Flavorful crab chunks nearly the size of my thumb? Check. Minimal filler and unobtrusive coating? Yep. Anything else? No. Is anything else necessary? Hell, no!

                    http://gandmcrabcakes.com/

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                    1. re: StrandedYankee
                      d
                      dining with doc Jan 23, 2013 05:30 PM

                      g and m uses asian crabmeat and i strongly suggest that you avoid this crabcake even though it is the size of a softball.

                      1. re: dining with doc
                        ocpitmaster Jan 24, 2013 06:28 AM

                        Just curious about your opposition; to G&M or asian crabmeat?

                        1. re: ocpitmaster
                          d
                          dining with doc Jan 24, 2013 05:02 PM

                          G&M crabcakes are gross, have an ammonia taste and smell and don't compare to a classic Maryland crabcake such as those served at Samos, The Prime Rib Baltimore, The Narrows restaurant or Faidleys in Lexington Market. The crab meat is not sweet and does not look (pieces are huge) like MD lump or backfin crabmeat

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                            jck Jan 25, 2013 10:36 AM

                            I agree that G & M are gross but they have their fans. I am self admitted crab snob and would never send anyone asian swimmer crab cakes. I have used Faidley's many times to send out of state and have gotten rave reviews every time....I prefer to send them uncooked and they arrive next day fresh w/ cooking instructions......they freeze well but like anything else in this world, fresh is best! You order directly from Mr. Faidley when you call the number on the web-site and he is a trip and a half. Borderline crab cake nazi if you know the Seinfeld reference....I love him! Be sure to order the lump crab cakes.....worth the upcharge.

                    2. t
                      Tom34 Jan 25, 2013 11:04 AM

                      Bobby Chez is king of crab cakes in NJ. I have not heard any complaints to date. If you qoogle his name his site will come up. He ships.

                      1. i
                        Island Feb 1, 2013 09:34 AM

                        Thanks for all the suggestions I'll check them out.

                        This is one that keeps popping up in my searches, http://www.cbcrabcakes.com/
                        Anyone ever try that company?
                        Shipping $ is a bi#ch though, but probably so for any food site.

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                        1. re: Island
                          Bacardi1 Feb 2, 2013 06:02 AM

                          Yes - shipping is always a wallet-biter when it comes to perishable food items. Anywheres from $15-$30 depending on the company & where the goods are going to. But you have to figure that the items have to go via 2-day or overnight shipping, plus the goods are usually packed in an insulated styrofoam box with frozen gel packs or dry ice.

                          1. re: Island
                            d
                            dining with doc Feb 3, 2013 02:24 PM

                            never heard if them

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