Captain Pell's Fairfax Crab House

Crabs, Seafood
$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

The Food section rated this restaurant's crab cake for a July 2009 story about the area's best.

Nearly every table at this bare-bones joint is occupied by folks pounding and picking their way through heaps of steamed crabs, so you immediately suspect that crab cakes are an afterthought here. Suspicion confirmed: The bland, smallish pieces of local crab are rendered even more flavorless by the onslaught of too much breading, overpowering spice and the hot oil in which they're deep-fried. The sides are equally unremarkable.

Two 4-ounce lump crab cakes, $18.95

(July 29, 2009)