BAKED, NOT FRIED, MAKES FOR THE CRABBIEST

red-2Red Bank’s Red restaurant came out on top at the Star-Ledger’s Munchmobile Crab Cake Festival and Shore Chef Cook-Off at Monmouth Park Sunday.

Red’s crab cake was selected as the best by judges at the day-long festival, the paper reports on nj.com, its website.

From the article:

“It’s definitely a surprise,” Dominic Giuliano, corporate chef for Park/South Hospitality, of which Red is one of five restaurants. “We didn’t have the biggest food line all weekend, but we thought all along we had the best crab cake.”

The winning crab cake was baked, not fried or grilled, a departure from the norm, and included “fresh red pepper and scallions and sauteed onions to bring out the flavor,” according to Giuliano.

Locally based McLoone’s Restaurants, which owns the Rum Runner in Sea Bright and eateries in Long Branch and Asbury Park, took a special judges’ mention for its spicy slaw, which included red cabbage, carrots, sesame oil, honey and rice wine vinegar.

The Sledger’s food section on Wednesday plans a more detailed article.