A Perfect Catch

As San Diego Restaurant Week commenced, I had my work ahead of me… Of the dozens of quality restaurants, which should I visit? There are participants to suit every color of cuisine & new hot-spots to see, but it became clear after a little menu reviewing that a local favorite would be my first stop. The Crab Catcher at La Jolla cove has a long, respected history in the community & once you’ve eaten there, it’s understandable why – the freshest seafood, a classic & appealing CA menu, and one of the best views on the coast.  I have long turned to the Crab Catcher for a weekend, happy hour fish taco or bountiful crab-topped nachos, but it’s been quite awhile since I’ve dined in the main restaurant for dinner. There is no time like the present folks! We were fortunate to be seated by a window overlooking the coast.


 A great view & glass of wine, what better way to begin the evening?

We opted to indulge in the restaurant week, three course menu & what a menu indeed! For starters we chose the Tomato Basil Lobster Bisque, served with a roasted garlic crostini. This was a delectable & creamy soup, and the crostini was the perfect adornment! I am hooked.

Next we transitioned to the main course, and there was no doubt that I would be ordering the Blue Crab Stuffed Half Main Lobster, with red thumb fingerling potatoes & a warm tarragon corn salsa. Jackpot! Not much one can do to dress-up a wonderful lobster tail, but Crab Catcher managed to do just that, with a superb crab stuffing. The seafood with the warm corn salsa made a really nice pairing. We decided to also add on a couple of fresh, Golden King Crab Legs… good decision, because crab & melted butter have been on my to-do list for awhile…

The third course is the charm, and we chose to sample the Trio of Sorbets & the Paradise Pie. The sorbets were incredibly flavorful, combining the tropical balance of mango, passion fruit and creamy coconut. Though, I have to say my favorite was the Paradise Pie, which gets a cool reputation from a base of a rich ice cream, with a crushed chocolate cookie crust, all drizzled with warmed chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream, and toasted macadamia nuts. I might as well have been in Maui. It was a very pleasing end, to a very perfect meal. It’s not often I can say I have a fresh lobster dinner, but I am entirely thankful restaurant week reminded me to go enjoy one finally!

If you find yourself seeking a nice dinner at the beach, or a beer with a Happy Hour sushi roll and taco, I’d say you’ve just found your spot! The good news is Crab Catcher caters to every culinary mood, whether it be a casual quick stop, or a more elegant outing. Dave manages the restaurant and can help to make your experience flawless! You can find more about reservations, menus and the 7 day/week Happy Hour on their site, www.crabcatcher.com. What are you waiting for? There’s crab to be eating!

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