Faidley Seafood

Crab House | Seafood
Memorable
One of the best
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Forget all the spongy, bready, fishy blobs that pass as crab cakes elsewhere. To know the paradigm, you must eat in Maryland, preferably at Faidley’s. In this eat-in-the-rough joint on one side of the boisterous, centuries-old food emporium known as the Lexington Market, a crab cake is a baseball-sized sphere of jumbo lump crab meat held together with minimal crushed-Saltine filler and a whisper of mayo and mustard that is just enough to be a foil for the marine sweetness of the meat.

While Faidley’s offers “regular” crab cakes, made from shredded claw meat, and backfin crab cakes, made from slightly larger strips of body meat, the one you want is the “all lump crab cake.” It is significantly more expensive than the others, but the silky weight of the big nuggets, which are the choicest meat picked from the hind leg area of the blue crab, is what makes these cakes one of the nation’s most memorable local specialties.

Operated by the same family that started it in 1886 – and who still form each jumbo lump cake by hand – Faidley’s offers minimal amenities. Stand up to order, then stand up to eat at chest-high tables provided. You can down raw oysters at the oyster bar, and in addition to crab cakes, the menu includes both Maryland crab soup (red) and cream of crab soup, as well as the unique Baltimore fish cake known as a coddie, composed of cod, mashed potato and onion.

What to Eat
Faidley Seafood, Crab Cake
Crab Cake
Must-Try
Once you've had a top-tier Maryland crab cake, such as this one at Faidley's, all others seem pitifully inferior.
Faidley Seafood, Crab Soup
Crab Soup
Must-Try
Faidley Seafood, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
The hopsy onion rings are obscenely rich. Soft ribbons of onion slither out unless you bite down hard to sever each mouthful.
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday10:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday10:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday10:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday10:30am - 5:30pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min

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…

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Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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