Cedar Crossing is a cozy little wine bar and restaurant tucked away next to the Metro station in the Takoma neighborhood of DC (while next to Takoma Park, MD (right on the border, in fact) it is still in DC). As little bistros go, this one is your typical DC establishment -- a little bit of all types of cuisines, no real one style or genre defining their menu. A date spot that is not too pretetious or fancy, and somewhere where the locals like to hang out. The chefs will even come out to talk to you and see how you like your entrees. And don't even get me started on the beer selection.
So while they do have a set menu, they also like to put different items on special. I've passed by this place a few times this past summer where crab cakes were on special, but had usually already had dinner at that point. So the last time I noticed that crab cakes were on special again, I made a speical point to go in, as you never know when they'll be coming back. Once you walk inside, the entire place was filled with the smell of sweet, delicious crab (mind you, the place isn't very big). So was the special of the day truely special? Let's find out!
On the specials board, the crab cakes are usually just listed as "crab cakes". Take this literally -- all you get is two crab cakes with a side of red pepper aioli and a lemon wedge. There are sides available from the menu if you wish to order a la carte.
The crab cakes are Maryland style, so expect them to be bready. The crab itself was mostly shreds with one or two small lumps in there. While they are tasty, I felt that they were a bit heavy on the Old Bay, makes the cakes a bit too salty. The red pepper aioli adds a nice flavor, and adds some needed moisture to the cake (mine were a bit overfried). While a decent entree, they'd make a better sandwich as there are other flavors and texures to enhance the cake.
Have you expereicned Cedar Crossing's crab cakes? Let us know in the comments!