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Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a staple of seafood restaurants everywhere. But the great ones are in proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Many places here offer them deep-fried, and there is something inarguably pleasurable about the fried ones' dark red, hard exterior breaking and giving way as your teeth crunch through to its moist insides. The plushest ones are not fried. They are broiled enough for the meat to warm and for the surface to develop a gossamer gold crust. They are made of jumbo lumps, the formal name for the choicest meat picked from the hind leg area of the blue crab. These large pieces possess the silky weight that makes Maryland's beautiful swimmers the stuff of culinary legend. Here is a short trip from the Lexington Market to the south, highlighting a handful of the mustn't-miss crab cake sources.

Faidley Seafood
Suicide Bridge Restaurant
Metompkin Seafood
Sting Ray's
Faidley Seafood - Baltimore , MD
Faidley's crab cakes are without question the lumpiest, which is a wonderful thing because the lumps are sweet pieces of Chesapeake Bay crab seasoned with Old Bay bound together by so little filler that there seems to be none. They are made by hand and grilled to order at the Faidley stand in Baltimore's temptatious Lexington Market; also available via mail order at Faidley's website.
Narrows - Grasonville , MD
A lovely restaurant overlooking the water, The Narrows offers a wide menu that includes steak and chicken and vegetarian dishes, but the main attractions for those in search of regional food are crab soup, crab cakes and fried oysters.
Suicide Bridge Restaurant - Hurlock , MD
A charming restaurant with a waterside view, Suicide Bridge offers a full menu of Eastern Shore seafood, including some of the region's best jumbo lump crab cakes.
Metompkin Seafood - Mappsville , VA
This colorful seafood shack by the side of the highway is a destination for exemplary Chesapeake Bay (and ocean) seafood served with casual panache at low prices.
Sting Ray's - Cape Charles , VA
Located in a gas station, Sting Ray's is known to locals as Chez Exxon -- a tribute to the high quality of regional food that is served. Despite the four-star dishes, it remains a downhome place with friendly service.

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