If you're a seafood lover, it's hard to beat a crab cake by way of under-the-sea treats, the less filler, the better. Check out these metro Atlanta spots for spot-on crab cakes, and learn how to make your own here.
Bacchanalia. This variation on a crab cake, called a crab fritter on the menu at this Atlanta mainstay, is "one of the finest you might ever taste," AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras wrote in a review of the restaurant. "How fresh and meaty is the crab. How moist the interior. How perfect the fry. How light the whole ensemble." The fritter is topped with Thai essence and avocado.
1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. 404-365-0410, starprovisions.com/bacchanalia
C&S Chowder House. It's listed as an appetizer, but it's best to come hungry for the quarter-pound lump crab cake served at C&S at dinner, jammed with crab and served with grain mustard butter. For lunch, try the crab cake as a sandwich, served with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce on a sesame seed bun.
12040 Etris Road, Roswell. 470-321-5077, candschowderhouse.com
Canoe. This Atlanta classic serves its crab cake with a watercress salad and Yuzu dressing as an entree at lunch, and as an appetizer with Yuzu and Napa cabbage slaw as an appetizer at dinner.
4199 Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta. 770-432-2663, canoeatl.com
Chops Lobster Bar. Find big, meaty lump crab cakes at both lunch and dinner at Chops Lobster Bar. At lunch, order the dish as an appetizer with lemon mustard buerre blanc or as part of a seafood and salad platter prepared with olive oil, lemon and capers and served with a choice of salad; at dinner, get a quarter-pound Maryland-style crab cake appetizer with a lemon grain mustard emulsion as an appetizer or a half pound at dinner.
265 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404-237-2060, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/chops-lobster-bar-atl
Noble Fin. The Peachtree Corners seafood restaurant serves its Maryland-style crab cakes with Saltines, tartar sauce and Bibb lettuce. At lunch, find it as a sandwich on a brioche bun served with Old Bay tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato.
5260 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners. 770-599-7979, noblefinrestaurant.com/
South City Kitchen. One of the restaurant's specialty dishes, the crab cake at the Avalon location comes with tasso ham-artichoke hash, an over-easy egg, chive Hollandaise and tomato relish. In Midtown, find it served as an appetizer with pickled carrots, watercress, sunflower seeds and harissa crema; in Buckhead, see it served with yam puree, parsley herb salad and fresno chile; and in Vinings, look for it with tomato puree, street corn and micro cilantro.
Various locations, southcitykitchen.com/
Sweet Auburn Seafood. Find the crab cake at lunch served as a sandwich with Old Bay essence and tartar sauce and with a similar preparation as an entree at dinner.
171 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678-974-5109, sweetauburnseafood.com
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