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Best Cheap Restaurant

Faidley Seafood

Lexington Market, 203 N. Paca St., (410) 727-4898, Web site

Posted 9/22/2004

Calling a restaurant cheap when the item we get most often, an all-lump crab cake, costs $12.95 ($16.95 for the platter) is problematic. But consider that a similar-sized cake at a sit-down restaurant would cost you $20-plus, and things make more sense. Faidley’s is one of those local institutions that have been around seemingly forever, and it epitomizes the old blue-collar seafood house. Besides one of the best crab cakes in the world—huge, little filler, you know the rest—the Lexington Market mainstay serves up fried and steamed shrimp, terrific fish sandwiches (we like the steakfish), and fried oysters, clams, and calamari that actually taste of oysters, clams, and calamari. There are few better ways to spend a lunch hour (or a weekend afternoon) than getting a crab cake and a beer, grabbing a spot at the counter, and watching the sundry goings-on at the market. (Faidley’s is also home to a prime raw bar, but that would require a whole ’nother entry.)

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Other Awards for Best Cheap Restaurant:

Tortilleria Sinaloa, 9/17/2008

Eastern House, 9/19/2007

Port Truck Stop, 9/20/2006

Holy Frijoles, 9/17/2003

Caribbean Kitchen, 9/18/2002

Silk Road Café, 9/13/2000

Michael's Steak and Lobster House, 9/15/1999

Woman's Industrial Exchange, 9/17/1997

All Awards for Faidley Seafood:

Best Raw Bar, 9/19/2007

Best Place to Slurp in Public, 9/17/2003

Best Crab Cake, 9/18/2002

Best Crab Cake, 9/18/1996

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