Posts Tagged ‘crab cake’

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe – Crab Cake Sandwich, Maple Creemee

October 9, 2008

On the Burlington Vermont waterfront is Burlington Bay Market and Cafe. As the name suggests is a hybrid fish market, cafe, tourist shop, and mini beer bar. I actually haven’t ordered beer there, but they have an impressive back deck which I imagine goes well with beer.

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Burlington Vermont

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Burlington Vermont

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Crab Cake Sandwich

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Crab Cake Sandwich

This was a poor shot, it was a very sunny day.

The crab cake is hand-made pan fried, nice toasted bun, lettuce, tomato, and slightly spicey sauce. The sandwich comes with a slice of lemon, I recommend using it a little acid helps. I wish the remoulade sauce has a little heat to it, but this sandwich is nice much better than some deep fried crab cakes I’ve tried. The sandwich was $7.76 with tax.

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Small Maple CreeMee

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Small Maple CreeMee

Ah Maple CreeMees a great Vermont-y treat. Real maple syrup is very prevalent in this saccharine confection. If you like maple syrup and have tried a maple creemee (aka soft serve in other parts of the US) you need to. A small was $2.22, also the “EAT-IT ALL” cone was nice and fresh. So what about that view?

Echo Center - Burlington Vermont

Echo Center - Burlington Vermont

The Echo Center is a cool museam of Lake Champlain, if you haven’t been.

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Burlington Vermont View

Burlington Bay Market and Cafe - Burlington Vermont View

So in conclusion if do get lunch @ BBMC, sit on the back deck and bring shades.

Ray’s Seafood Market – “Crab-cake sandwich, side of Onions Rings”

March 28, 2008

I was had a crab-cake sandwich craving the other day, and decided to take a trip to Ray’s Seafood Market in Essex Vermont. Ray’s also has a Burlington location. Their restaurant looks like it belongs along the Maine seashore, pretty neat.

Ray’s Seafood Market - Essex Vermont
Ray’s Seafood Market – Essex Vermont

Ray’s Seafood Market - Crab-cake sandwich, side of Onions Rings
Ray’s Seafood Market – Crab-cake sandwich, side of Onions Rings

Plenty of crab-meat in this sandwich, but it was deep-fried (light batter). I much prefer pan-fried for crab-cakes, the texture is a lot different. That being said, it’s hard to find crab-cake sandwiches, that aren’t cut with shrimp around Vermont. I would have also preferred an option of a spicy remoulade sauce, instead of tartar. The tartar sauce was nice, it had some pickle relish in it, but admittedly I don’t really care for tartar sauce.

The onions rings were very good, and appear to be home made.

I believe the sandwich and side of ‘rings came to $8.40 with tax, very reasonable for seafood.

Sneakers, “Crab Cake Benedict with side of Grits”

December 4, 2007

Sneakers in downtown Winooksi Vermont is known for their great breakfast. I personally love their specials known as “Jump Starts” in their basketball-themed menu. This  last Sunday, I didn’t see any specials that I would care for so I ordered the Crab Cake Benedict off the menu.

Sneakers, Crab Cake Benedict
Hollandaise sauce, poached egg, crab and shrimp cake, fresh spinach, fresh tomato, english muffin (x2) with a side of grits.

This is a dish where it’s clear that all of the items are meant to be eaten together. The hollandaise and egg yolk from the poached eggs permeated everything, and nothing is too firm, so it very easy to get a nice forkful of all the ingredients.  The crab and shrimp cakes are nicely browned and meat / breading ratio is good (mostly meat). Suprisingly this dish isn’t a rich as it may look, I wish the picture was a little more infocus.

Grits; sneakers introduced me to grits, and I’ve become a convert, ordering grits instead of the good home fries. Grits are a corn based hot cereal, it took me a long time to figure out what my favorite topping for grits are. Cheese isn’t bad, but I perfer mine with rasberry jam, the texture is very similar. A note of caution on grits, they hold heat very well in this bowl it’s very easy to burn your mouth unless you’re careful, or eat them after you main dish like I did. But cold grits are no good as the nice “gritty” texture turns to rubber when cool.

Oddly one of the poached eggs was hardboiled, I’ve ordered this a few times and this is the first time, there’s been anything to quibble over. This dish is $10.50 before tax.