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Ashley Johnson

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I am from Maryland and I have to say this place know's crabs. They also have the best crabcakes in the Raleigh area hands down. They are made with all lump crabmeat. I cannot wait to go back!
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Jul 23, 2008
 
I was in the mood for some seafood and decided to give Backfins a try. The atmosphere is casual and very relaxed.

The menu is not very extensive, so you need to be in the mood for crab legs and french fries (literally, there are few other choices). I had the fried shrimp and french fries. The fried shrimp was very good.

I did not try the crabs, so I'll have to go back and try their specialty some other time.
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My wife and I are retirees that are originally from Maryland and love steamed crabs and have each eaten them for over 50 years. We know crabs. So we were excited to read about Backfin’s Crabhouse in Wake Forest. We had planned to celebrate my wife’s birthday with dinner at the Angus Barn, but cancelled out in favor of trying this new restaurant.

We each ordered the “all you can eat crab FEAST”. Our experience with this type of presentation has always been good in Maryland. In fact, we had just done this twice during our 5-day visit to Maryland a month ago. At Backfin’s, a tray of about a dozen crabs was initially brought to us. We immediately sensed a problem because the crabs were cold, extremely small, some were missing one or both legs, and all of the crabs were “light” meaning that they contained very little meat. In fact, no crab yielded more than about a tablespoon of meat.

Early into our meal, one of the owners came by our table and asked how everything was. We were very frank with him about the size and quality of the crabs and how disappointed we were. He replied that these were the size and quality that were served in the “feast” but that we could have all of them that we desired. Over the course of more than an hour, three trays of crabs totaling around 24 crabs were served to us. The size and quality did not improve. At that point, we called for our check, paid the bill, and left.

During our 40 mile return trip to home, we stopped at a McDonalds and each had a Big Mac meal and a caramel sundae. Happy Birthday Honey. We’ll do the Barn next week.
Jim Thomas

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Well what do you expect? Anyone from Maryland should know that the "all you can eat deal" will be just that. This is very well known. Obviously the "all you can eat crabs" are going to be small. I recently took my entire family there and we were very impressed. Believe me we LOVE crabs and the crabs that we got were fantanstic. Anyone reading these postings dont believe this guy!! This place is great.
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My wife and I are retirees that are originally from Maryland and love steamed crabs and have each eaten them for over 50 years. We know crabs. So we were excited to read about Backfin’s Crabhouse in Wake Forest. We had planned to celebrate my wife’s birthday with dinner at the Angus Barn, but cancelled out in favor of trying this new restaurant.
We each ordered the “all you can eat crab FEAST”. Our experience with this type of presentation has always been good in Maryland. In fact, we had just done this twice during our 5-day visit to Maryland a month ago. At Backfin’s, a tray of about a dozen crabs was initially brought to us. We immediately sensed a problem because the crabs were cold, extremely small, some were missing one or both legs, and all of the crabs were “light” meaning that they contained very little meat. In fact, no crab yielded more than about a tablespoon of meat.
Early into our meal, one of the owners came by our table and asked how everything was. We were very frank with him about the size and quality of the crabs and how disappointed we were. He replied that these were the size and quality that were served in the “feast” but that we could have all of them that we desired. Over the course of more than an hour, three trays of crabs totaling around 24 crabs were served to us. The size and quality did not improve. At that point, we called for our check, paid the bill, and left.
During our 40 mile return trip to home, we stopped at a McDonalds and each had a Big Mac meal and a caramel sundae. Happy Birthday Honey. We’ll do the Barn next week.
WakeForestseafoo dlover

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Headed up to try this new restaurant out Saturday night and came home with mixed feelings. Didn't feel bad about the 45 minute wait, the crowd was an indication that we were in for a treat. Once seated we waited nearly 20 minutes for our beer order to come, the female server kept coming back to our table telling us the beers we ordered were just being chilled...we ordered a different kind of beer and after another wait she again returned to tell us those also were warm....ended up having to order an import the only one she said were chilled. On a busy Saturday night, no chilled beer??? We ordered the crabs since that seemed to be what every other table had and their menu is very limited to crabs a couple other seafood dishes and very limited sides. The crabs were fresh and extremly tasty, very sweet. However very little meat in any of them. The side of fries were bland and cold upon arrival. Did like the vinegar on the table for the fries though. Our service was terrible, it obviously was our server since the other tables were being served and attended to with consistency. Our female server was extremely slow, agitated, even laying her head down on our table several times complaining of how bad her night was going.....not my problem!! Upon check time she was frustrated that we ask for seperate checks with the couple we were with (she didn't ask upon first taking our order), then the proceeded to ask us to help her seperate out the check for her. Overall its great to have a new restaurant in Wake Forest and business looked good, but the price of the crabs and the amount of meat in each one was not worth the price. The service was off the charts terrible and they need to add more choices to their menu.(By the way our original order was for an order of medium crabs and our server told us it would be a long wait on those since they would be special order.....what? Their speciality is crabs, how can they be a special order?? We ended up with a regualar size because of her comment. Also if they are going to continue to offer all you can eat feast, they need to have more tables, turnover is very slow when this is offered as we noticed many tables for a couple of hours...they were there when we put our name on the waiting list and were still eating when we left. Know they are trying to work new kinks out, but hope they take suggestions to heart.
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Wow! What a tough crowd! Give this place a break, they just opened!! Everyone knows it takes a while to perfect the process. My suggestion...in an honest manner provde the owners with constructive feedback so they can make appropriate changes or improve on the overal process, wait a litte while and then plan another visit.
Remember, this is not like those overly franchised big box restaurants that have lots of cash, people, and logistics in place . This is an independent restaurant looking to provide a fun and enjoyable experience in a pleasant interior setting in a historic downtown building. This is exacty the type of place downtown needs more of so show your support by being, well...more supportive.
Mike Jenkins

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Wake Forest, NC
Backfin Crabhouse report.

I understand why the Jenkins brothers moved here and opened a crabhouse. They couldn't make any money running a crab business like theirs in Maryland. In all the reviews the locals love the place because they don't know any better where as folks from Maryland and above hate the place, my wife and myself included. The crabs are small, light and served cold. They bring them to your table a dozen at a time with as much as a 30 minute wait between servings. Hushpuppies which are free anywhere else cost $2.95 a serving. So much for a feast. The poor reviews were right as I did wittiness a small amount of useable meat in the pickings of one crab at the next table over. The restrooms were out of service because of no lights. We didn't care for this poor service and we left paying only for our drinks. We never did get crabs after an extensive wait. We had read the comments prior to going but went anyway as my wife wanted crabs for our Anniversary dinner. It was a 40 mile wasted trip.

Mike Jenkins,
hail from Cobb Island, MD
retired in Fuquqy-Varina

No relation to the Backfin owners
Mary

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In response to: Backfins Crabhouse report from Mike Jenkins. First of all, who do you think you are to say the locals love the place because THEY DONT KNOW ANY BETTER!What are NC people just plain stupid and only people from Maryland know crabs? Well I'm from NC and visit Maryland alot due to having family there. Every visit we go out for crabs and we have NEVER eaten at a place as good as Backfins. The crab cakes are the BEST we have ever had. I dont care where you order "all you can eat" its going to be the same thing, the crabs will be light and small that's why its a "all you can eat" feast. If you want bigger crabs just order the large.(HELLO)By the way I have always paid for hushpuppies even in Maryland their not free. Thank God the Jenkins brothers opened in Wake Forset, we will never buy or eat crabs anywhere else. I waited in line to get in about two hours and that should speak for itself. Some people complain over anything and never can be pleased. We also LOVED how the owners walked around and talk to everyone and made you feel welcomed. I know for a fact you dont get that in Cobb Island, Md. "WELCOME TO WAKE FOREST NORTH CAROLINA JENKINS BROTHERS" where the people here have great taste!
Jerry

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Mary, supposedly you only VISIT Maryland (hard to tell by your location). If so, you DO NOT have the required "crab comprehension" that Marylanders do. I don't pretend to know Backfins, but I'd be willing to guess you don't know good crabs either. Maybe your family in Maryland is taking you to the crappy places. I don't know where you go, but your comment about the "all you can eat size" must be a local tradition......or you're getting ripped off! BTW, his wasn't the only negative comment.
Michelle

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Regarding MIKE JENKINS comments;
I happened to be in the crabhouse when he and his wife were there. Yes the lights were out in the front of the building but it was not a problem as a patron. Regarding the crabs-I "hail" from southern maryland for 35 years and can honestly say "I do know crabs". Mike if you are from southern maryland you are familiar with Captian Johns in Cobb Island,Captian Billy's and Robertson crab house. All 3 will serve the smaller scaled crabs for the feast and hush puppies may have been free years ago but you do pay now and you only get about 6 for the same amount. I was there and you did not have an extensive wait-your wait was because you ordered the large crabs which is common to have to wait for. Some people are quick to complain and slow to praise. Obviously we can see what catogory you are in. We are glad to see a local resturant here in wake forest and were absolutly thrilled with the taste and quality of the food. The Jenkins brothers apparently go out of their way to make sure the patrons are satisfied with thier expeience. As I have read other reviews-It amazes me how people are so quick to judge-Give them a break they just opened and I think as many others that they are doing a great job and the food is absolutly delicious.
Shirley

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Jenkins brothers for opening the Back Fin crab house. When we read in the News & Observer that they opened we were on our way up there (40 minutes) to thankfully enjoy "real" Southern Maryland seafood and we were absolutely not disappointed. After moving to N.C. from Maryland three years ago we have not had decent "Maryland style" crabs and we have tried a lot of places until now.
We hope that people who are reading this forum for reviews will realize that "all you can eat" is "always" a smaller crab...get real people!
So if the wait is long to get in folks; it's worth the wait. The Jenkins brothers have obviously brought their southern Maryland cooking skills to N.C. for us transplants and locals. You go guys - we wish you continued success and again a big THANK YOU. Your restaurant is worth the price of gas for us to drive there.

Shirley
Clayton, N.C.
Mary

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Jerry,
I'm very confused on why you commented on my review about Backfins, when you said yourself you haven't even tried the place.You dont need to be a Marylander to pick,eat and crap a good crab!SO COMPREHEND THIS: This is a review page for people that have actually been there and want to share their opinion.(GOOD or BAD)Mine was wonderful and I can't wait to return home this weekend so I may enjoy this experience again!
Mary
Youngsville, NC
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For all those who claim to be from Maryland and hate Backfins. Why not drive 5 hours to Maryland and pay $50 a dozen and get em there! Untill recently thats the only time we could get em. I dont know who you are trying to impress with your "Maryland" talk because it is not working. I also am from Maryland and I love crabs. My wife is from Louisiana and she loves crabs. We have both been eating crabs longer than we can remember so please dont think that you know something that we dont. Yeah, we have had better crabs in both Maryland and Louisiana but we have also had worse and I guarantee that Backfins could compete in either location. We have been twice and will continue to go. The crabs are cooked excellent and the crabcakes are great. I took my parents there once and they loved both as well. I always get the biggest crabs available and they are good! I would not lie!
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Backfins is excellent. The service is great and the owners really know how to treat their customers. The food especially was worth the wait. I would have to say that the crabcakes were the best. I will most definately be going back weekly.
Jason Andrew

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Jerry AKA "MR. CRAB" , I am from Maryland and I hope that gives me privilige to call you idiot. And yes you do pretend to know Backfins or you would not be making posts. You said yourself that you have not been there. YOU ARE AN IDIOT!! All you can eat crab deals never have the best crabs. Thats why it is all you can eat. I cannot say it enough! You are a idiot! One more time! Your and IDIOT! Backfins is very good and I would like to thank them for bringing crabs to the raleigh area.
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Mary, supposedly you only VISIT Maryland (hard to tell by your location). If so, you DO NOT have the required "crab comprehension" that Marylanders do. I don't pretend to know Backfins, but I'd be willing to guess you don't know good crabs either. Maybe your family in Maryland is taking you to the crappy places. I don't know where you go, but your comment about the "all you can eat size" must be a local tradition......or you're getting ripped off! BTW, his wasn't the only negative comment.
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All I can say is ...DELICIOUS CRABS...COLD BEER...AWESOME CRAB CAKES...THANK YOU FOR OPENING THIS RESTAURANT in Wake Forest. We needed you, and I intend to be a regular customer.

We visited Back Fins last Sat. night and had nothing less than a wonderful experience...great service...and delicious food. Although the restaurant is casual (of course...steamed crabs...messy...wear jeans!) and the waitress was tired (they have lines out the door because they have been written up in every magazine in town!)...the owner came out and talked to us for quite some time, gave us a lesson in crab picking, and told us the story of wanting to bring his love of crabs to this area! I want to thank the owners for coming here...it is so nice to have a new and different restaurant in the Wake Forest/Raleigh area. I applaud them because we are an eclectic crowd with discerning tastes...my experience was wonderful!

Here are some "facts" about crabs that are important when understanding what a restaurant this is! I grew up on the Outer Banks/Wanchese with an uncle who is a crabber....he checks his pots beginning at 4 a.m. every morning and twice more during day...Spend some time on a crab boat at 4 a.m. in the morning for a new, enlightening experience! Here are some crab "facts" that I know from growing up on a crab boat.

Fact #1 - the "Mixed Crab" bag -
The state government controls the size of crab that a crabber can keep. If a crabber keeps a crab that is too small and sells them regularly, he is fined significantly. Crabs caught that may have a leg missing, or are smaller than "medium sized" but not smaller than regulation are called "mixed crabs". That is a category which this restaurant owner probably buys and sells as "all you can eat". Some raters here have commented on the size of crabs that Back Fins is selling; however, a buyer has no control over the size...it is government controlled....and the mixed crabs in Maryland are probably the same ones served here as "all you can eat". That is my experience.

Fact #2 - Larger crabs are MORE expensive and also regulated -
Crabs that are 5-6 inches are put in a "medium sized category". They sell at the wholesale crab markets for between $20/doz and $34/dz depending on the "quality" of crab. Crabs larger than 5-6 inches are considered "large" and sell for up to $44/dz wholesale. Back Fins prices are pretty good if you ask me based on my current understanding of wholesale prices.

Fact #3 - You can TOO, control your dining experience....

I actually called the owner before we came and asked about seating reservations. I had a nice long conversation about the fact that they don't take reservations right now, but you CAN reserve crabs. You can "reserve" your medium or large crabs before you come in, and they will steam them when you walk through the door. Which is exactly what we did and it was a WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE! I reserved 24 medium crabs for 6 adults which was PLENTY since one of the crowd ordered crabcakes (which were delicious!) and 2 folks ordered the "all you can eat" crabs - which were also incredible.

I hope you try Back Fins...I would highly recommend it for a different, and yet fun experience! Someplace that you will be welcome back time and time again (like at Shuckers...you all know what I am talking about!)....someplace that if you grew up picking crabs will definately bring back wonderful memories!

Thank you Back Fins!
Larry Conklin

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I was a life-long resident (until last year) of Northern Virginia and my Dad was a commercial crabber on Ocracoke for a number of years. I've had good crabs and bad crabs.

On the whole, I thought these were as good as any I'd had in an AYCE environment -- they were small, hot for the most part, and 90% of them were full and tasty. And I think that they spiced them to perfection. If I become a rich man, I'm going for the jumbos the next time. A table close by was eating a tray load of them and they looked HUGE and seemed very full.

The initial service was slow -- our waitress thought our order had already been delivered -- but after that the service was quick and she was quite attentive.

The bonus is that the owners are Redskins fans and will be showing the Redskins game each week.

All You Can Eat Crabs --$24.95. Watching the Redskins while gourging yourself -- priceless!!
Tom

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My wife and I are both crab lovers. We have eaten i MD, GA crab houses as well as crabbing and steamed our catch of crabs.

We were delighted that a crabhouse serving blue crabs, instead of crab legs (although Backfins also serves crab legs) opened in Wake Forest. We were not disappointed. We had both the regular and medium size crabs. Most were quite meaty.

Cold beer, crabs with Old Bay seasoning, brown wrapping paper table cloth, and a wood mallot, what else could you ask for?
BTW, the waitress was very attentive. Thanks to the Jenkin Brothers for bringing crabs to the Triangle.
Mary - Wake Forest

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I'm from Maryland and have caught and cooked live crabs all my life, went to many crab houses, and, believe me, I know my crabs. How excited I was when I heard we would be having a crab house right here in Wake Forest! The one and only reason I didn't want to move out of Maryland was because I would be leaving my crabs behind. Luckily, I was able to find a nearby seafood place here that sold live crabs. That was fine and I steamed my own for a few years and now I'll be able to steam them more often because I can buy them right down the street. When Backfins opened, I was the first one in the door. I couldn't wait to get my hands on "all you can eat" steamed crabs. My experience was fantastic--loved the crabs, the spice, and the shrimp were out of this world. The service was superb. I've been there twice and will start going weekly. I'm so glad the Jenkins brothers brought crabs to Wake Forest. You go guys!
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