One year I had the opportunity to travel the East Coast on business, but in my off-hours I searched for the perfect crabcakes between Virginia and Key West. My favorite was a place called Dolphin Depot at Jacksonville Beach -- which is a remodeled service station. The crabcakes had been recommended highly by some locals so that's what I ordered. The waiter told me that the price of crabs had gone up and would be a couple of dollars more than the menu said -- but I told him that small amount didn't matter, and I was not disappointed. They were great.
This past Spring I continued my crabcake search in New Orleans (during the French Quarter Festival) where I had some darn good crabcakes but none as good as the ones at the Dolphin Depot.
Later, over Memorial Day weekend, I attended a beach wedding at Long Beach (Oak Island), NC. A new restaurant there has become the local favorite. They say it is the best restaurant on the island. It's the Blue Water Point Marina (Motel and Restaurant) at the extreme west end of the island. It's on the Coastal Waterway but you can see the Atlantic Ocean beach about a quarter mile away from the balcony.
The location (marina, motel) and food are even popular with the celebrities we saw: Sean Connery, and later Brian Dennehy. Their crabcake comes as an appetizer but the size of it --- at least six or seven inches in diameter. That and a salad was a meal! And the quality equaled the Dolphin Depot.
But later, even closer to home, I found one of the best crabcakes ever -- at a little-known restaurant tucked away in a shopping center near the town of Dallas, NC: the North Star Seafood Restaurant, 3150 Dallas-High Shoals Rd., north of the Hwy. 321 exit off I-85 in Gastonia.
Sometimes the best food is in your own back yard!