What hasn't been said about the Phillips empire? We here at the CCR have reviewed many of their products, both at one of their restaurants, as well as their retail offerings. Love them or hate them, they are a big part of the Maryland seafood scene, and are here to stay. Locals tend to write them off as being too "toursity". Those very same toursits have heard nothing but good things about Phillips, and come to our town intenst on sampling their offerings. Either way, you will have had them once in your life, and could use them as a baseline for all things seafood related.
BUT -- you read the label on the box a little more closely. Coastal cakes. What does that mean? Crab cakes are advertised as such, and often time are described further as 'jumbo lump' or 'lump'. Just to be clear, the coastal cakes are the "lesser" offering. Made from flake and claw meat, as opposed to the prized backfin and jumbo lump. Clearly, based on crab classifications alone, they can't be better. Can they? This, dear readers, is what we set to figure out. Follow along and join us on an eye opening quest.