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Sunday Sneak Peek: Best Crab Cakes in Atlanta

July 12, 2010

Each week we survey the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s agents and staff to find out their favorite picks for restaurants, local hangout’s and such.  This week we wanted to know where to get our hands on some sumptuous crab cakes.  According to the 1930’s Crosby Gaige’s New York World’s Fair Cookbook  they are called “Baltimore crab cakes,” suggesting they have long been known in the South. So, if they are a part of the Southern soul, where is the best place here in the Southern capital to eat them?

The most popular choice: Houston’s according to founder and CEO Jenny Pruitt, Houston’s and  Bacchanalia are neck in neck with their seafood creation of crab cakes. Kevin McBride, Margaret Rodbell and Sydna Worthington all agree Houston’s tops the list.

What about a little lesser known spot?  Our newest agent a self-proclaimed “seafood snob”, Jim Glover, is enthusiastic about Amuse Restaurant and Lounge |   560 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta GA  |   404-888-1890

Jay Bailey, a native Atlantean, loves Cafe Lily: 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.  Decatur, GA   404-371-9119

Rather give the culinary bites of heaven a try yourself?  The Atlanta Fish Market was generous enough to share their recipe:

Atlanta Fish Market Crab Cakes Recipe

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons white pepper
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons dry mustard
4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
2 cups soft, white bread crumbs
4 eggs
4 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat, picked clean of all shells, see *Cook’s Note
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 lemon wedges, for serving
Tartar sauce, for serving, optional
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine cayenne, white pepper, salt, dry mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Place crabmeat in another large bowl and gently fold egg mixture into crabmeat, being careful not to break up large crab pieces. Shape into 4 crab cakes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes, in batches if necessary, and cook until lightly browned, approximately 1 minute on each side. Transfer crab cakes to a sheet pan (or place skillet in oven if oven-safe) and finish cooking the crab cakes in the oven until heated through. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce, if desired.

*Cook’s Note: If removing fresh cooked crabmeat from shells, be careful not to break large crabmeat nuggets

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Sunday Sneak Peek: Best neighborhood farmer’s market

June 14, 2010

Welcome to our new weekly blog feature: Sunday Sneak Peek!   Each Sunday we will feature a “Best of Atlanta”-where will explore some well-known and lesser known gems that make our home in Atlanta such a fine city to live in!

When surveying the Atlanta Fine Homes team on the best neighborhood farmer’s market,   Margaret Rodbell, Mike Bugg, Sandra Carey and Jenny Pruitt all raved about the:

Peachtree Road Farmers Market at Cathedral of St. Phillips
2744 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
April 10, 2010- December 18, 2010
April – August: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sept. – December: 9 am to 12:30 pm

With a vendor list eight pages long, you are sure to find something sweet, something organic, something fresh and something even for your furry friend here!  Plenty of parking!

Peggy Hibbert , a native Atlantean and agent in the Buckhead office,  had no problem identifying her favorite: “The farmer’s market in Virginia Highland/Morningside is FABULOUS!  It’s been going for a long time, so there are a lot of participants with great quality and diversity of choice.  Of course, the produce is amazing; there is also organic meat, flowers, handmade items, i.e., soap and bath salts, cooking classes, etc.  The restaurant adjacent to the market, Rosebud uses the produce in their menu and when you’re finished browsing the market, you can cross the street to Alon’s, the best French bakery in town and get a cinnamon twist and great coffee.   Just one more reason why people love living in VaHighland/Morningside.”

Adrian Smith loves to shop locally and enjoys the many options that Atlanta offers to buy organically.    She  highly recommends The Piedmont Park Green Market. “They always have live music playing, a wide variety of veggies, cheeses, meats, some dairy products and even doggie treats! There are tons of dogs around (all on leashes of course). They also have handmade jewelry and other custom crafts, all being local! There are even live cooking demonstrations, as well as coffee and delicious morning treats like danishes and such to munch on while you’re shopping. The farmer’s have mostly been the same ones selling there for years. It’s nice to feel like you have a relationship with the people who are growing your food. Then, you can take a walk through Piedmont Park once you’re done shopping. Who doesn’t love that? I don’t think you have to be certified organic to sell food at this market, which is nice because there are so many wonderful farmers that don’t have the money to go through the certification process, but practice growing everything naturally and most of them would be glad for you to come out to the farm and see for yourself.”

For a listing of all Georgia Farmer’s markets check out this site.

Which Farmer’s Market do you love?   Let us know!