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#1 SammyBirdland

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

We based the contending crab cakes on ones we had tried before, often recommended places, and award winners from websites and places like City Paper. Places such as G&M etc. were not included because if at least three of the judges had tried them previously and agreed they would not compete with some of the other contestants they were eliminated. Of course lots of beer was also consumed during the tasting.

 

And the winner is...

 

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Here is a link to pictures of the crabcakes from all six restaurants:

http://imgur.com/a/7gPdD

 

Original discussion from Reddit:

http://www.reddit.co...e_tasteoff_and/


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#2 SportsGuy

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:55 PM

Captain Treys has great shrimp salad.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:56 PM

G&M's (and Hella's and Romano's) is better than Pappa's in my opinion, though I like both.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

I've only had Koco's and Faidley's from this list.  Koco's is my favorite in the city.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:30 PM

By The Docks is my favorite.

#6 Mashed Potatoes

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:42 PM

Big upset IMO for Koco's to lose! I've never had Pappas, going to have to make a trip now.

 

Also, I've had G+M, they're wonderful, but not as good as Koco's.

 

Also also, I still think the best crabcake I've ever had is at The Prime Rib.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:22 PM

G&M is my favorite.

Michaels on York Rd makes a really good crab cake as well.

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:53 PM

Big upset IMO for Koco's to lose! I've never had Pappas, going to have to make a trip now.
 
Also, I've had G+M, they're wonderful, but not as good as Koco's.
 
Also also, I still think the best crabcake I've ever had is at The Prime Rib.



Pappas is close to my parents house (you pass by it on the way to Big Bad Wolf) lets go next time I'm home.

#9 Mashed Potatoes

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:13 PM

Pappas is close to my parents house (you pass by it on the way to Big Bad Wolf) lets go next time I'm home.

 

You have yourself a date sir.


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

I've only had Faidley's on that list (only ate hard-shell crabs at Costa's) but I swear by G&M. I get some of theirs FedEx'd out here about once every 2 or 3 months.



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Posted 30 April 2013 - 07:33 AM

It looks like Faidley's is the only place within walking distance to the stadium. Are there any other really good places for crab cakes near the stadium?


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:23 AM

Pappas is close to my parents house (you pass by it on the way to Big Bad Wolf) lets go next time I'm home.

 

....and now i'm craving Big Bad Wolf for lunch today.  I suppose worse things could happen.

 

As for the crab cakes, I've had 3 on the list.  Koco's have always been my favorite, but will have to try Pappas at some point soon.


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Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:20 AM

I haven't tried all of them on the list but I can say that Pappas' is excellent.

 

I used to live near there and would make a point each payday to get some.



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Posted 12 May 2013 - 10:29 PM

Box Hill Pizzeria has really good crabcakes. 


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:45 AM

Koco's is my favorite.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 11:50 AM

I had Pappas on Saturday for the first time. Excellent cake. Those ratings are spot on. Buttery and fluffy from the egg binder. Huge lumps. Probably my second favorite right now.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 02:58 PM

I often ship G&M to family as a Christmas gift. Last year, someone told me the quality of their cakes have gone downhill in recent years. Anyone here agree, or know why?



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:01 PM

I often ship G&M to family as a Christmas gift. Last year, someone told me the quality of their cakes have gone downhill in recent years. Anyone here agree, or know why?

Haven't been to G&M in a while, or had their cakes, but they were always overrated and more based on quantity over quality.

 

I do know they recently increased their prices, so they may be looking to make even more money by going with different, less quality ingredients.

 

Pappas ships cakes, BTW. Highly recommended.


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#19 Nigel Tufnel

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:43 PM

If you're in the area, I think that The Olive Grove (which is like 200 yards down the street) has better crabcakes than G&M.  G&M's crabcakes are pretty good, and they're big, but I always think that they're a little bland.



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:02 PM

I live 2 minutes from Pappas. Want to say it's a 10 oz. cake. But Twice a year during restaurant week they do a 12 oz on the special menu and part of the proceeds go to charity.

Pappas tops my list.
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