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Crab battle extends to local restaurants

The Food Dude has recommendations on where to find food with flourishes from San Francisco and Baltimore.
by Dave Cathey Published: January 30, 2013

When the crabcake arrives, it won't resemble a flattened hush puppy in appearance or flavor. Instead, a mound of lump crab meat, delicately dancing with a couple of kinds of crackers and topped lightly with breadcrumbs, will arrive fresh after a brief interlude in the oven.

Served with a Thai chile cream sauce and field greens, each bite is dominated by crab — delicious crab. The end will come sooner than you want, not because it's small but because there is no way to get enough of a good crabcake. Rinehart said he will close for dinner for the “national holiday” but will be serving Crabcakes Benedict with 48ers Dust for brunch Sunday at the N Pennsylvania location.

“I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, so there's no way I'm rooting for the 49ers,” Rinehart said.

He said you can come by before the game, and if anyone is interested in having crabcakes at home, he can put them together for you with instructions on how to finish them at home.

If you're looking for an all-inclusive culinary trip that includes flavors of Baltimore, San Francisco and host-city New Orleans, there's one restaurant to consider: Pearl's.

Pearl's Oyster Bar, 928 NW 63, offers crabcakes, Crab and Shrimp Louie Salad and Cioppino, plus the Cajun and Creole specialties they've offered for close to three decades.

Pearl's is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Hal Smith concept Hefner Grill, 9301 Lake Hefner Parkway, serves a Crab Louie using blue crab rather than Dungeness, so one could encapsulate the whole Baltimore vs. San Francisco crab debate in one simple salad. Hefner Grill is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.