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May 4, 2014 09:00 AM

Recommendation for crab cakes near Camden Yards or not too far away.

Have a car and am taking in a night game in mid June.

Recs for above and breakfast next day.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. mcanni--wow--you opened up a "can of worms." Baltimoreans are passionate about crabcakes--the "best" is a matter of personal taste.

    You will see what I mean when you get the responses.

    As far as breakfast, I suspect that the response will be overwhelmingly for Ms. Shirley's. I don't "do" breakfast. Sorry, no help there.

    Many responses will be for you to venture to the Lexington Market at Faidley's for crabcakes. If you are ambitious enough--the market is run-down--hosts many issues with regards to the people and surrounding area (i.e., not necessarily a safe place to go to)--but you could give it a try. Ironically, being a Balto. person for my entire life--I've never eaten a Faidley's crabcake, so I can't recommend same. I am not one to stand at a market to eat anything. But that is my personal issue.

    I can't wait to see the response. FoiGras

    1. I like LP Steamers in Locust Point (about ten minutes around the harbor from Camden Yards). It's a great, old fashioned Baltimore seafood restaurant with superb seafood. Both the steamed shrimp and crabs are very well prepared.

      Faidley's in Lexington Market can be quite good although the style of the crab cake is a little different from your typical Maryland crab cake, and FoiGras is correct, Lexington Market isn't everyone's cup of tea.

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      1. re: Roland Parker

        Based on your recommendation(s), I Googled LP Steamers, which hasn't been on my dining out radar.

        Are you recommending their crabcakes and/or the steamed crabs? The steamed shrimp with onions sounds fantastic and a different take on the usual offerings at other restaurants.

        I am curious as to why other Chowhounder's aren't commenting or offering opinions on this restaurant--especially since (with regards to steamed crabs)--Obrykic's (spelling) closed several years ago and seemed to be the "place" for steamed crabs.

        I noticed that the price point at LP Steamers is quite reasonable. If the food measures up (and I know that you usually have valid, favorable recommendations)--then count me in. I need a good, old fashioned-Baltimore restaurant. Albeit, I can't wait to try all of the new "trendies." FoiGras

        1. re: FoiGras

          I've always liked LP Steamers as well. Haven't had crabcakes there - always steamed crabs and/or shrimp. Definitely a place more popular with locals than tourists.

          My current go-to place for steamed crabs, though, is Nick's Fish House.

          1. re: FoiGras

            To be fair, we always go there for the steamed shrimp, crabs and fries with old bay seasoning. When the weather is nice we like to sit outside on the roof deck, which has lovely views of the Inner Harbor. But we've also ordered oysters and the bowls of crab soup - both Maryland and cream - are excellent. And people in our party have also ordered crab cakes and proclaimed them to be good.

            I suppose the real reason I suggested LP Steamers over other restaurants is that it's an old fashioned Baltimore seafood restaurant/steamhouse. Unpretentious, friendly, filled with people out to enjoy a good seafood meal in an old fashioned Baltimore row house. Even the downstair bar/counter looks unchanged from the 1950s, save that there's (thankfully) no smoking. Whenever we've taken out of town visitors to LP Steamers they've always enjoyed it more than any other restaurant in Baltimore, if only because it's "Baltimore" rather than just another upscale or farm-to-table restaurant that can be found in most major cities.

            1. re: Roland Parker

              One of my faves, also. That's why I don't usually send people there.

        2. Proud to be a crab cake snob. IMHO and in no particular order
          faidley's in Lexington market. Get the most expensive version fried. Can also slurp down oysters and clams on half shell. You will be standing. Only lunch. Iconic
          The prime rib. Expensive 4 star dinner
          Samos. Greek restaurant but IMHO maybe the best crab cake . No reservations, byob, casual. Get it fried

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          1. Don't be afraid of Lexington Market. Despite what you've read here it's safe to go there. Pretty shabby neighborhood, but I've never had any problems in the market, never had my car broken into or stolen. Go to Faidley's.

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            1. re: 4X4

              I agree with 4x4. I am not a Baltimore native but I felt comfortable going to Lexington Market. Faidley's is a very cool place to grab a bite. The crab cakes are pretty good, not great, but the stand up tables and the atmosphere make it well worth a visit. Try the potato salad as well.
              I would like to try their seafood market but it is over an hour to my home from their and I don't want to travel with a fish. It looks great though.

            2. Olive Branch at the Baltimore Beltway and Reisterstown Road.------not that close to the city but I like their crab cakes. The fettuchine (did I spell that right?) alfredo with shrimp if you want to gain 20 lbs.

              Faidley's is good but imo Lexington Market needs a total facelift.....inside more than out. The great thing about Faidley's is that they ship all over the country.

              There's G&M Seafood and Olive Grove in Linthicum which are great......but my fave are at the Olive Branch.

     I can't help you with.

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              1. re: Pesel

                The market is getting that total facelift:


                I hope Faidley's stays there and they still have live music on weekend afternoons.