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Old 09-05-2018, 12:23 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Where I grew up, metro NYC, they are definitely a thing and commonly found on diner menus and seafood restaurants and the like, but often associated with Maryland (for good reason!) rather than being considered a local specialty.

Where I live now, New Mexico, I'd be willing to bet many people, if not most, assume they are something made up by Dr. Suess because they fit a rhyme.
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I'm the only one, when my immediate family was still around, that wasn't born in Maryland. I'm very well versed in Maryland style crab dishes. Yes, crab cakes are offered at local restaurants and that is why we make them at home. They may be popular locally, but they certainly aren't good. I prefer my ratio of jumbo lump to bread be at least 2-1/2 or 3 to 1. The recipe we use is from David Rosengarten's book "Taste". Lets just say you have to be careful as they have so much jumbo lump, they would probably fall apart if you look at them wrong!
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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In Maryland, you can get crab cakes all over the place. But I'm wondering how popular this food is in other areas.

For those of you especially outside the mid-Atlantic region, have you had crab cakes? Do you know what they are?
Yes, I've had them because I used to live in Maryland, and they're delicious, but I can't say they're a popular dish here in Colorado. I prefer the style made from lump crab meat that is left unbreaded.
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I would guess they are popular anywhere on the East Coast. How good they are is another story.

You can get them anywhere in Florida and they were also very popular in South Carolina.
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Old 09-05-2018, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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They can be found here, though not to the extent in Maryland. We use Dungeness crabs which are a Pacific species.
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:16 PM
 
Location: north narrowlina
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loved them when i lived for a short while on the Delmarva ... (Va last spit of land), everyone, and i mean everyone had a crab pot or 3, or 10 or 50 out in the Chesapeake, but the true insane addiction was to the crab soup....TO DIE FOR!!!!!! I used to drive up to Machapongo and BIG's restaurant once a year, pay the insane Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll of $30 bring back $200 worth of their crab soup( 10 quarts worth) but they closed two years ago..... i am so jonesing for some real crab soup (you would hit small bits of shell grit once or twice) Just the best best soup ever. One supermarket here has a frozen crab soup, but it's not like on the eastern shore of VA (nary a dot of crabmeat to be found in it) .... and here in North Narrowlina, you have to pay $9.99 for one crappy crabcake that is not as meaty crabby as I was used to. ridiculous... what the what the? drive 2 hours north and you get a whole crabcake dinner for $9.99. I found a very affordable semi ok crabcake from Kroger's, you get 10 of 'em for $12.99, they'll do with a goodly swim in lobster bisque soup, but as someone mentioned above, they are basically a very processed chopped to near extinction crabmeat-whatever with lotsa bread crumbs. I only eat them when i get desperate.... seafood anything is so darn expensive these days!!!!!
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:45 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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If you're much more than a hour away from being able to spit directly into the Chesapeake Bay or one of its immediate tributaries (I don't mean the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, NY), don't bother with crab cakes. You might get lucky and get one that's edible, but the chances are slim.
I don't get this. Why do you think that only crabs from the Chesapeake are edible?
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Old 09-06-2018, 04:12 AM
 
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I never seen them in Maine but there are clam cakes that are similar but with clams instead of crabs
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:23 AM
 
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Up here in Massachusetts they are pretty popular I guess. I see them on pretty much every seafood restaurant menu. I see them at other types of restaurants too. Some of them are actually pretty good, almost as good as I have had in Maryland!

Occasionally I will eat a clam cake. Those are pretty good too!
Crab cakes and clam cakes are totally different. A clam cake in Rhode Island and the Massachusetts SouthCoast, Cape, and Islands is a round fried donut hole with an unsweetened batter with clam broth as the liquid and chopped up sea clam in the batter. A crab cake is a fried hockey puck of mostly lump crab meat with just enough egg and flour to bind it together. You can at least pretend a crab cake is good for you.

I see crab cakes on the menu in New England but I donít order it very often. My girlfriend and I had lobster rolls for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 2 1/4 pounds of lobster meat over the holiday weekend. Why would I bother with crab when I have lobster?

I like soft shell crab sandwiches when Iím on the Chesapeake. Way better than crab cakes. Itís pretty unusual to see soft shell crab on a menu in New England.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Crab cakes and clam cakes are totally different. A clam cake in Rhode Island and the Massachusetts SouthCoast, Cape, and Islands is a round fried donut hole with an unsweetened batter with clam broth as the liquid and chopped up sea clam in the batter. A crab cake is a fried hockey puck of mostly lump crab meat with just enough egg and flour to bind it together. You can at least pretend a crab cake is good for you.

I see crab cakes on the menu in New England but I donít order it very often. My girlfriend and I had lobster rolls for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 2 1/4 pounds of lobster meat over the holiday weekend. Why would I bother with crab when I have lobster?

I like soft shell crab sandwiches when Iím on the Chesapeake. Way better than crab cakes. Itís pretty unusual to see soft shell crab on a menu in New England.
They are also put in Po' Boys in LA.
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