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(Philly.com)   In certain parts of the country, crab fries are a thing   (philly.com) divider line 41
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2013-09-03 08:16:15 AM
Old Bay seasoning on french fries. Not the product I was hoping for.
 
2013-09-03 08:18:49 AM

wildcardjack: Old Bay seasoning on french fries. Not the product I was hoping for.


Yeah, who cares
 
2013-09-03 08:19:09 AM
It's delicious, especially with their "cheese" dipping sauce.
 
2013-09-03 08:20:13 AM
This gets a weird tag,  subby?

I resent your implication. It's no more weird than some of the other regional concoctions that crop up in various parts of the continent.

/Poutine
//Chitlins
///Deep Fried Everything on a Stick
////Unneccessary Slashies
 
2013-09-03 08:22:11 AM
Not a big fan of them and the restaurant is overpriced, owner looks like a douche to boot.
 
2013-09-03 08:28:02 AM
Old bay fries smothered in brown gravy. You're welcome, rest of the world.
 
2013-09-03 08:29:31 AM
I thought they died out since everyone shaves their junk now, but assuming they're sourced organically from hirsute enclaves like Seattle, what do you do about the hair?
 
2013-09-03 08:31:31 AM
Yes, they are real. And they are spectacular.
 
2013-09-03 08:33:38 AM
While I love me some oldbay on chips, fries, chicken, corn, eggs, chowder, and possibly some crab, I don't think they merit the name crab fry.  If you want to know what does, read on.

1 stick of butter, 1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup cream cheese, 1 minced chili, 1 clove of minced garlic, 3 tbsp of old bay, 1 lbs of crab meat and 2 lbs of uncooked hash browns.

Utz potato chips.


mix them all up and form them into tater tots and then roll them in crushed potato chips.

Deep fat fry them until dark golden brown.


THOSE are crab fries.
 
2013-09-03 08:40:10 AM

Prevailing Wind: While I love me some oldbay on chips, fries, chicken, corn, eggs, chowder, and possibly some crab, I don't think they merit the name crab fry.  If you want to know what does, read on.

1 stick of butter, 1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup cream cheese, 1 minced chili, 1 clove of minced garlic, 3 tbsp of old bay, 1 lbs of crab meat and 2 lbs of uncooked hash browns.

Utz potato chips.


mix them all up and form them into tater tots and then roll them in crushed potato chips.

Deep fat fry them until dark golden brown.


THOSE are crab fries.


THAT sounds great

the product in this lawsuit sounds unimpressive. yippie, you put old bay on some fries. woo friggin hoo.  call them seasoned fries...call them old bay taters...call them whatever you'd like, but they are NOT crab fries! old bay is good on any shellfish, not exclusively crab, and if you call a product crab fries and there is no crab involved, you are a dirty filthy liar
 
2013-09-03 08:42:30 AM
They may be just fries with Old Bay, but add their cheese sauce and I can't tell you how good crab fries are at Chickie's and Pete's. Love love love those suckers! Suck a basket down with a nice bottle of Yuengling, welcome to Philadelphia.
 
2013-09-03 08:45:19 AM
Those things are great, actually.

They are called "crab fried" because of the popular crab seasononing Old Bay.  Not because they are made with crab.  Sorta like how Buffulo wings are not made with real buffulo.  Because, as everyone knows, they don't have wings.

Now, having said that...  As near as I can tell, crab fries have been around for YEARS!  For some journalist to suddenly discover them now, and think they are so odd, is pretty silly.
 
2013-09-03 09:00:25 AM
Damn. I was hoping they were battered and fried crabmeat. Just seasoned fries? I'll make my own.
 
2013-09-03 09:02:07 AM

buckler: Damn. I was hoping they were battered and fried crabmeat. Just seasoned fries? I'll make my own.


I could actually see this. Mashed spuds, not too well done. Add crabmeat, spices and blend. Bake or deep fry
 
2013-09-03 09:03:03 AM
I left out a step before baking/frying- form into fry / chip shapes and freeze for an hour.Then fry/bake
 
2013-09-03 09:07:12 AM

Sh0nuff: Not a big fan of them and the restaurant is overpriced, owner looks like a douche to boot.


This should make your day then.

http://lowerprovidence.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/chickie-s-an d- pete-s-to-face-tip-skimming-lawsuit
 
2013-09-03 09:09:45 AM

wildsnowllama: It's delicious, especially with their "cheese" dipping sauce.


Pretty much.  They're about the only good part of having all the in-laws in Philly.
 
2013-09-03 09:27:29 AM

Prevailing Wind: While I love me some oldbay on chips, fries, chicken, corn, eggs, chowder, and possibly some crab, I don't think they merit the name crab fry.  If you want to know what does, read on.

1 stick of butter, 1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese, 1 cup cream cheese, 1 minced chili, 1 clove of minced garlic, 3 tbsp of old bay, 1 lbs of crab meat and 2 lbs of uncooked hash browns.

Utz potato chips.


mix them all up and form them into tater tots and then roll them in crushed potato chips.

Deep fat fry them until dark golden brown.


THOSE are crab fries.


www.quickmedical.com
 
2013-09-03 09:32:34 AM
The cheese sauce is ridiculously simple too - just American cheese and water.
 
2013-09-03 09:34:29 AM
"Subliminal Confusion" would make an excellent Black Sabbath song title.
 
2013-09-03 11:40:29 AM

prof_frink: They may be just fries with Old Bay, but add their cheese sauce and I can't tell you how good crab fries are at Chickie's and Pete's. Love love love those suckers! Suck a basket down with a nice bottle of Yuengling, welcome to Philadelphia.


Throw in a Pat's/Geno's cheesesteak and you hit the overrated Philly trifecta.


\durbnpoisn:

Now, having said that...  As near as I can tell, crab fries have been around for YEARS!  For some journalist to suddenly discover them now, and think they are so odd, is pretty silly.

Subby seems to be the bewildered one.  The article is just about some Philly area pizza shop trying to use the "crab fries" label and another one suing for doing so.

That said, the pizza shop should just one up them and call theirs "Lobster Fries."  Fancier.
 
2013-09-03 11:50:27 AM

bungle_jr: uncooked hash browns.


?????
 
2013-09-03 12:15:15 PM
Do they come with Mountian Dew?
 
2013-09-03 12:47:40 PM
I started making these 10 years ago. I knew I should have documented it.
 
2013-09-03 12:57:32 PM

wildcardjack: Old Bay seasoning on french fries. Not the product I was hoping for.


That's it? I was hoping for huge buckets of fried soft-shelled crab.
 
2013-09-03 01:36:32 PM
so... how does old bay compare to tony's

justchillhere.com
 
2013-09-03 02:28:09 PM
NO THANKS!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-03 02:31:14 PM
Given the brief history in TFA, I assume Tony is an ex employee of Chickee and Petes that stole the original formula?  Sure sounds like it.
 
2013-09-03 02:44:38 PM
Everybody knows that ink and toner is expensive, but how hard is it to call them "French Fries with Old Bay Seasoning"? I mean, when I saw the article title and "crab fries" I nearly squealed with delight. Earlier submitter recipe seems the way to go. And it's got the whole truth in advertising thing going for it also. Old Bay is tasty, but it's not crab.
 
2013-09-03 03:18:27 PM
www.msgexposed.com
 
2013-09-03 03:22:36 PM

wildsnowllama: It's delicious, especially with their "cheese" dipping sauce.


Soooo good!

I also love Chickie and Pete's Mussels in White Sauce, god it's so yummy.
 
2013-09-03 03:28:00 PM

Another Government Employee: Given the brief history in TFA, I assume Tony is an ex employee of Chickee and Petes that stole the original formula?  Sure sounds like it.


The original formula is Old Bay seasoning.
 
2013-09-03 03:30:23 PM
 
2013-09-03 03:47:38 PM
I had some Utz Crab Chips the other day and they were pretty damn good, I must say.  Not Zapp's Cajun Crawtators good, but good.
 
2013-09-03 03:58:00 PM

doublesecretprobation: bungle_jr: uncooked hash browns.

?????


don't know why you quoted me on that, but uncooked hash browns are just shredded potatoes
 
2013-09-03 05:41:31 PM

lordargent: [www.msgexposed.com image 200x200]


Heh, originally thought it was something like the infamous Korean shrimp fries at first (and was hoping it was that and not, well, the crab equivalent of "lamb fries"--the first question being "how the hell do they get enough crab gonads to make fries out of?")...knowing these are basically Old Bay fries tends to reassure me (and sounds pretty yummy to boot).
 
2013-09-03 07:12:20 PM

Sh0nuff: Not a big fan of them and the restaurant is overpriced, owner looks like a douche to boot.


And seriously, how do you get a trademark on the term "crab fries" in 2002?  There's any number of uses predating that, I'd bet.
 
2013-09-03 07:35:32 PM
I once bought the "crab fries" from Steaks on South because I wanted to be ripped off for a small container of french fries with a little Old Bay sprinkled on them.

I don't know if they still do them, but the New Wave on Third Street made fries that were covered in stuff and had real lump crabmeat in them.
 
2013-09-03 10:22:30 PM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: I once bought the "crab fries" from Steaks on South because I wanted to be ripped off for a small container of french fries with a little Old Bay sprinkled on them.

I don't know if they still do them, but the New Wave on Third Street made fries that were covered in stuff and had real lump crabmeat in them.


I saw a baseball game in San Francisco a few years ago, and one of the concession stands at Pac Bell Park had "crab fries" that were garlic fries with a crab aioli on top.  God DAMN those were delicious.  I had to wash my hands several times to get the smell off, and I'm sure my breath was outstanding, but they were so good I didn't give a f*ck.
 
2013-09-04 05:35:57 PM

lordargent: [www.msgexposed.com image 200x200]


I was thinking something like prawn crackers.
 
2013-09-04 09:28:51 PM
Crab fries are a little different than your standard frozen French fry with old bay. The unique small size crinkle cut fry has a significantly above average surface area that holds a massive amount of sodium, and thus optimizes the fat / sodium bomb and, in conjunction with the cheese sauce, knocks a good year off your life.

They are much tastier than you would believe. At Phillies games there are other vendors that sell French fries with old bay - but chickies and Peres is the only place with a massive line, and it is worth the wait dammit.
 
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