Crab cakes are a delicate food that should highlight the flavor of the meat with a minimum of breadcrumbs and other fillers. In Los Angeles, most people will agree that the best crab cake is found at The Palm. These large crab cakes are well seasoned and boast a light, crisp texture. Diced mango and a micro basil salad provide the perfect accompaniments.
Outside of The Palm, however, several other restaurants also serve some great renditions of the crab cake. The Grill on the Alley prepares an old-fashioned crab cake that sits in a rich, buttery sauce with a fresh lemon to brighten up the dish.
A-Frame offers a cake made purely from Dungeness crab. The thin cakes come with a fantastic sear and some wonderful, simple condiments, including a crème fraiche infused with lemongrass.
While diners may not think to order crab cakes at a sushi restaurant, K-Zo in Culver City pairs its lightly fried crab cakes with a red pepper and tomato coulis, as well as its version of tartar sauce. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors perfectly complements the tenderness of the crab cake.