Mission Crab Cake: Leipsic

Sambo’s Tavern is all about the food and friendliness.

Sambo’s Tavern | Leipsic
Eating crabs or crab cakes at Sambo’s is as authentic a local dining experience as eating oysters at the Acme Oyster House in New Orleans or lobster rolls at Shaw’s in Maine. In other words, it ain’t fancy—linoleum tile floors, Formica-topped bar, wood paneling on the walls and newspaper on the tables—and that’s the point. Sambo’s is all about good food and friendliness. The 4-ounce cake is made entirely of Delaware Bay crab. The flavor is mild and sweet, and there is no filler. No surprise: Owners Ike and Elva Burrows keep the recipe a closely guarded secret. The patty comes unadorned on a fresh potato roll for $12.50 (add lettuce and tomato for 50 cents) or enjoy a dinner of two for $27. We also like having a reason to watch the skiffs tie up on the Leipsic River. 283 Front St., Leipsic, 674-9724.


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