|Go ahead and be crabby today|
Go ahead and take your lumps -- as long as its lump crab. March 9 is official National Crab Meat Day, which is reason enough to go out and order something with crab meat as an ingredient.
Among the dishes that come to mind: Crab cake sliders or crab macaroni-and-cheese at Jack Gage American Tavern
. Hamburger Mary's sells a crab cake slider too, although it's not as great as the restaurant's pot roast variety. There are also great unadorned crab cakes in the city: Pierpont's
, The Bristol Seafood Grill
, McCormick & Schmick's
, and those decadent lobster-and-crab cakes at the Capital Grille
For something different, there are crab cake lettuce wraps (though I think the cakes need more crab) at The Prime Rib Grill by Hereford House or the crab cake Eggs Benedict at Kate's Kitchen.
If you prefer to buy fresh crab cakes you can pan-fry at home, the cakes at McGonigle's Market --
which range about $3.89 each -- are very good. The crab cakes at
Cosentino's Market in Brookside are more expensive, nearly $5 each, but
are loaded with lump crab and fit quite well on a hamburger bun if
you'd prefer eating them, with a dab of remoulade sauce, as a sandwich.