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Best of Guide: New Orleans Crab Cakes

Best of Guide: New Orleans Crab Cakes

While people have always used crab in recipes, the first usage of the term “crab cakes” appeared in the 1930s in Crosby Gaige’s New York World’s Fair Cookbook. And while Gaige’s “Baltimore Crab Cakes,” were all the rage, here in New Orleans, folks have been combining the sweet meat of our local blue crab with spices and breadcrumbs or crackers for years as well. Here, several restaurants serve their own versions of lump blue crab meat, broiled, baked, or pan-sautéed, into a golden brown patty of deliciousness, sometimes drizzled with even more awesomeness. Here are our picks from around town.

Oceana’s “Jazzy” Crab Cake Platter

Oceana’s “Jazzy” Crab Cake Platter thumb

Oceana’s “Jazzy” Crab Cake Platter, topped with fa fresh crawfish mushroom cream sauce, is proof that not all crab cakes are created equal. So good.

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Crab Cake Pasta from Mambo's

Crab Cake Pasta from Mambo's thumb

Head to the rooftop at Mambo’s where our favorite place to enjoy crab cakes is in their Crab Cake Pasta dish, over a bed of penne noodles, tossed with Alfredo sauce.

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Who Dat! Crab Cakes at Bobby Hebert’s

Who Dat! Crab Cakes at Bobby Hebert’s thumb

The Who Dat! Crab Cakes at Bobby Hebert’s, topped with crawfish & mushroom cream sauce, are truly something to write home about.

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Olde NOLA Cookery’s Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes

Olde NOLA Cookery’s Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes thumb

Olde NOLA Cookery’s most popular appetizer is its Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes, topped with mushroom cream sauce. Get thee to Bourbon Street!

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The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake from Rizzuto’s

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake from Rizzuto’s thumb

The Jumbo Lump Crab Cake on the Rizzuto’s menu in Lakeview is 96% Louisiana jumbo lump crab meat, 4% seasoning, and 100% delicious. It’s served on a sizzling platter so watch out!

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