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San Francisco: Crab House and Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

This is my post on “touristy” food in San Fran.   As it was my first time in San Fran, I had to have something that was popular to SF… and lo and behold, we have the dungeness crab! If you walk along the pier, you’ll notice scores of restaurants serving crabs right outside, ready to be cooked and served with an ice cold beer.

We decided to stop at Crab House, in the heart of the touristy area.  It was a really nice looking restaurant, and the service was good.   Started with a  crab chowder, which was creamy and delicious!  There were other restaurants around that were serving the chowder in a big sourdough bun, but to my disappointment, this came in a bowl.

Following that we ordered a serve of the “Killer Crab Roasted in Our Secret Garlic Sauce”  to share between the two of us. It was covered in garlic buttery goodness and was cooked perfectly.  Good thing they gave us bibs, as this was messy eating.

The 2nd touristy place we went to was highlighted in our tour book as having exceptional breakfast.  We queued for 30 mins to get a table at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe and when we finally got our food, I could see what the fuss was all about – it was awesome!  Have to put a warning in here that the location is a bit dodgy, and doesn’t feel like the safest neighbourhood, but given it’s breakfast, it’s unlikely you’ll get mugged at that time of the day.

My partner stuck to his business as usual breakfast, which was scrambled eggs on toast with a side of bacon.  This also came with a side of home fries.  When the dish came out, I thought to myself “looks pretty good, but looks like you could get it any old place”… how wrong I was!  The winner on the plate was the toast!  It was the one of the most delicious slices of toast I’d ever had!  It was tasty, and lightly browned and had a hint of herb (dill?) running through it.

Being the more adventurous of the duo, I decided to try the Southwestern – andouille sausage, mushroom, onions, peppers & jack cheese in an open-faced omelet with home fries with salsa and tortillas.   It is the biggest plate of breakfast I’ve ever come across.  And all this for $13.95!  Crazy!  It was super tasty, but I struggled to get through half of it.

Would I go back to these two places?  Crab House, maybe.  There’s plenty of other restaurants in that area that serve crabs and I’d like to try the others.  Dotties, yes.  That toast was phenomenal, and I’d like to try the pancakes and other breakfast items (at the expense of waiting in line for 30 mins!).

More info and reviews on Crab House:

Crab House on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Dottie’s True Blue Cafe:

Dottie's True Blue Cafe on Urbanspoon

Corn fritter obsession…

I love corn fritters.  Something about the crispy golden brown fritter with juicy corn kernels hidden within served with a side of crispy bacon or smoked salmon and a good guacamole, dollop of sour cream and/or tomato chutney makes my mouth water!

The consistent favourite for me is at Bossy Boots in Brighton.  Good fluffy corn fritters, with the right amount of corn and good consistency, with guacamole, tomato chutney and sour cream, and a generous side of crispy bacon.   Everything is cooked perfectly, the only thing that could be improved is just to provide a bit more guacamole, chutney and sour cream.

The legendary Mart 130 (Middle Park) is known for their corn fritters, and I can totally understand why.  The reason why I love this fritter – it is loaded with corn!  I think this has the highest corn to batter ratio of all fritters I’ve ever had.   The fritters come with tomato chutney, sour cream and crispy bacon.

Another favourite is Little Ox (also in Brighton).  Their delicious fritters come with cheese within, and comes with guacamole, sour cream and a generous serve of ham.   A great dish with everything balancing nicely, and very pretty to look at.

Another notable fritter is from Miss Jackson in St Kilda.  Simply with chutney, guacamole and roasted tomatoes, this makes for the lightest corn fritter in this review.  Again, another very pretty serving.

In my travels, there have been two corn fritters that have not wow’d me.  Firstly is Richmond Hill Larder, where the fritters were served with tomato chutney, spinach and smoked salmon.  Two things bothered me about this dish, firstly, there was way too much going on.  Next, it felt like the fritters were deep fried…  so I’m not a fan.

Coin Laundry corn fritters have an identity crisis; they’re sweet, sour, tangy and grainy…  ’nuff said.  Comes with rocket, mayo, a light tomato salsa.

Two spots that I have been to a fair few times, but don’t have pics of are Replete Providore and Liar Liar, both in Hawthorn.   A few years ago, Replete fritters were the toast of the town, but towards the end of my patronage there, the fritters were getting a tad heavy.  The fritters are served with guacamole, sour cream and bacon.  Liar Liar have pea fritters, served with fetta and mint – which I adore!  Crispy outside, mushy goodness on the inside.  They’re served with smoked salmon and sour cream.

So that’s my take on the Melbourne corn fritter scene!  If you’ve got any comments and suggestions, please let me know! xo

For more info and reviews of Bossy Boots:

Bossy Boots on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Mart130:

Mart 130 on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Little Ox:

The Little Ox   on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Miss Jackson:

Miss Jackson on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Richmond Hill Larder:

Richmond Hill Café and Larder on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Coin Laundry:

Coin Laundry Cafe on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Replete Provadore:

Replete Providore on Urbanspoon

For more info and reviews of Liar Liar:

Liar, Liar on Urbanspoon