The Best … Crab Cake

/ Updated on August 11, 2014

I know, them’s fightin’ words. People get as wound up about crab cakes as they do about pizza. And I’ve got the abusive emails and idiotic Facebook posts to prove it. But that’s OK…at least I’ve got people thinking about this stuff.

As of this writing, the 4 best crab cakes I have had in the Rehoboth Beach area are, in this order:

1. Woody’s East Coast Bar & Grill in Dewey Beach, slightly south of and across the street from The Starboard.

2. The Cafe on 26 in Ocean View, just west of Central Avenue on Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26).

3. Surfing Crab in Lewes, just north of the Nassau Bridge.

4. Henlopen City Oyster House on Wilmington Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Now tell us your favorites. Keep it positive; I will edit out useless negative tirades (except for mine, of course…).
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  1. Phil says:

    Margaret and I have been coming to Rehoboth for maybe 20 years and have always considered Jake’s the best. So we had to test Woody’s. To be fair, I was getting take out crab cake sandwiches and then riding my bike back to Rehoboth from Dewey Beach. So the goal here was non inferiority. First bite; Nirvana, Xanadu, Avalon, Valhalla, Heaven on Earth. Even the roll traveled well that 3 miles. Woody’s wins easily. But if we are just walking to get crab cakes, it will still be Jake’s.

  2. Berdi says:

    Woodys for sure!

  3. D Espitia says:

    I moved here from Maryland, so I’ve eaten some great crab cakes, and the ones at the new Matt’s Fish Camp near Lewes are great!

  4. Jean Hasselbauer says:

    Believe it or not I have eaten a delicious crab cake at Bethany Blues on Route 1. In season they make them with Maryland blue crabmeat.

  5. Lisa Arnone says:

    The Summer House and equally good Salt Air.

    • Terri says:

      I SOOOOO agree with you–the “Summer House Saloon.” I ate there in 2008 on a business trip to Millsboro. It was the BEST lump crab cake that I have EVER had!! I’m drooling because I live in Kansas City, and I want to come back and bring my family with me to visit and go to the Summer House again!

  6. Ron Raab-Long says:

    The best I’ve ever had was at Blue Coast in Bethany.

  7. Bonnie says:

    Best Crab Cake at the beach is Purple Parrot hands down.

  8. James Mueller says:

    The Purple Parrot has one of the best and biggest crabcakes around. The flavor and plenty of lump crab make this one of the best cakes around.

  9. Floyd says:

    No doubt about it, Woodys is the best. My other go to is the Captains Galley in West Ocean City. (I understand they have been sold so I hope the new owner keeps the crabcakes and salad bar as is).

  10. Denise says:

    Suicide Bridge Restaurant, Hurlock, MD. A bit of a drive, but so worth it!!

  11. Sandy Leigh says:

    I had the absolute best crab cake at Matt’s Fish Camp!

  12. Peggy Paul says:

    The best crab cake I ever had was tonight at Bethany Blues in Lewes. It was grilled and absolutely no “fillers”—all fresh crab meat. And believe me, I have eaten my share of crab cakes.

  13. Chuck Crichley says:

    The Purple Parrot in Rehobeth have the biggest and best lump crab cakes and sandwiche and fun atmosphere.

  14. pat says:

    definitely Woodys can’t even describe how good it is

  15. Ron says:

    OK, get off your duff and go to Gilligans !!!

  16. Michael Braxton says:

    Woody’s crab cakes are fantastic, best around IMO, and certainly much better than the famous “factory” that serves them up down the road. And they are a decent size for the price. far too many places around charge an arm and a leg for an over-sized golf ball sized “crab cake.” As the article mentions, I do not think it’s a coincidence that the owner of Woody’s happens to be from the capital city of blue crab–Baltimore, MD.

    • Barbara says:

      Agree Woodys is tops, and even the sides are really good. The Surfing Crab has Woodys veterans in its kitchen, so that is a good sign if you want to drive in the opposite direction.

  17. T. W. T. W. says:

    You finally went to Cafe on 26. I have emailed yuou twice about the crab cakes there. And yes, they are really good. I look forward to your article about the place.

  18. Sharon Lynn says:

    I agree with you! Woody’s Crabcakes are the best around! Sambo’s in Leipsic are a close second.

  19. Barbara Teal says:

    The crab cakes at Baywood are the best I’ve had in a long time. The new chef has improved the food there 100%

  20. Elaine says:

    Your three suggestions also agree with ours, but “Purple Parrot” has a wonderful crab cake offering-either sandwich or dinner. Wednesday offer it as a 1/2 price special now!

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