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Spud Point Crab Company at Bodega Bay

18 Sep

Spud Point Crab Company, Bodega Bay

While on a recent trip to Bodega Bay we decided to check out this tiny restaurant on the bay called the Spud Point Crab Company that we had read about on Yelp, figured it was worth a try.

According to their website: Spud Point Crab Company, which opened its doors on July 10, 2004, is a family-operated business owned by Tony and Carol Anello.  Tony has been fishing commercially for 35 years; Spud Point Crab Company is a dream-come-true for Tony and his wife, Carol.  Tony provides all the fresh fish from his own boat and that of his son and brother. Carol and daughter Lisa run the unique, 350 square foot shop.

Spud Point Crab Company is a truly old style Fishermen’s Wharf.  They catch and smoke their own “Wild King Salmon,” which is the best according to all that taste it. You can watch the live crab go into the large cooker that is right outside the shop. Watch them clean the crab you select. If you can’t wait to take the crab home, tables are provided outside — with a view of the boats and the bay — and tools to crack the crab, sauce, butter and lemon.

This little restaurant on Bodega Bay features Carol’s Famous Clam Chowder, voted best chowder 4 years in a row. Next is their Crab Sandwich with fresh picked crab meat and their homemade sauce served on a soft roll. They are also famous for their homemade crab cakes.

We decided to try their specialties, the chowder and the crab sandwich.  We ordered at the counter (there is no seating inside) then got our food and sat outside at the tables which had a great view of the harbor right across the street.

The clam chowder was absolutely off the hook delicious. I’m not usually a huge fan of chowder but theirs was outstanding.  The flavors were bold and tasty and had me hooked at the first spoonful. Once you start you cannot stop, their clam chowder was THE best I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to Boston several times… this chowder was better..  I highly recommend you stop by here and try the chowder if you’re ever in Bodega Bay.

The crab sandwich was equally good, and it was fully loaded with crab that was very tasty.

Everything hit the spot and we had a great lunch while in Bodega Bay.  I love finding small places off the beaten path that turn out to be really good.  The internet is a great resource.

Chowder with a View

Check them out at

Spud Point Crab Company
1860 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, California 94923
707-875-9472

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Wednesday.

Best Burgers in the U.S.

10 Aug

According to Fine & Wine magazine these are the best burger places in the USA.  I am not at all surprised to see the first place on the list…. California’s own In-N-Out! Congrats!

The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at 24-hour-roadside joints and ephemeral late-night burgers sold out in mere minutes; burgers grilled in hundred-year-old cast-iron broilers and burgers steamed in state-of-the-art ovens; burgers crafted from Kobe beef imported from Japan and burgers made with Black Angus beef from just down the road; burgers innocuously topped with melted American cheese and burgers piled high with crumbly, statement-making Roquefort cheese. It’s clearly a great time to love the burger. Here, we’ve singled out the 25 best burgers around the country.

By Ratha Tep, Lawrence Marcus

California: In-N-Out Burger

Best Burgers in the U.S.: In-N-Out Burger: Cheeseburger

In-N-Out’s Cheeseburger. Photo © Jess Lander

Signature Burger: Cheeseburger.

Even superstar chef Thomas Keller is a fan of the West Coast chain—and with good reason. The cooked-to-order burgers are made from Harris Ranch beef and served with hand-cut fries. For a messier, more indulgent experience, order your burger “Animal Style” for extra sauce and chopped grilled onions. in-n-out.com 

New York City: Minetta Tavern

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Minetta Tavern

Photo © Sylvia Paret.

Signature Burger: Black Label Burger (topped with with caramelized onions).

Minetta Tavern’s excellent burgers use a beef blend—dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket and short rib—from famed purveyor Pat La Frieda, and buns from Balthazar Bakery. minettatavernny.com 

Atlanta, GA: Holeman & Finch

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Holeman & Finch

Photo © Jeff Moore.

Star chef Linton Hopkins announces “burger time”—10 p.m.—with the ringing of two bull horns; that’s when two dozen grass-fed beef burgers are up for grabs and consistently sold out within minutes. The burgers are also available on the Sunday brunch menu. holeman-finch.com 

Arlington, VA: Ray’s Hell Burger

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Ray's Hell Burger

Photo © Robyn Lee.

Signature Burger: Basic Beef Burger (served in a brioche bun).

There’s no sign, yet dedicated fans—a certain president included—come here for the freshly ground burgers with and complimentary toppings like grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac.

Boston, MA: Craigie on Main

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Craigie on Main

Photo courtesy of Craigie on Main.

Signature Burger: Beefburger.

Star chef Tony Maws adds bone marrow and dehydrated miso to his Bar Burger, and cooks it in a low heat CVap oven, followed by a quick char on the plancha. craigieonmain.com 

San Francisco, CA: Zuni Café

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Zuni Café

Photo © Bill Holmes.

Signature Burger: House-ground hamburger (served in a grilled rosemary focaccia).

Instead of traditional cucumber pickles, legendary chef-owner Judy Rodgers accents her burgers with thin-cut zucchini strips pickled in apple cider vinegar, mustard seeds and turmeric. zunicafe.com 

New Haven, CT: Louis’ Lunch

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Louis' Lunch

Photo © Michael Franzman.

Signature Burger: The Original Burger (prepared with a combination of chuck and sirloin beef).

Many restaurants claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger. Louis’ Lunch, in New Haven, Connecticut, since 1900, is a leading contender. The meaty hand-shaped patties are grilled on antique cast-iron broilers over an open flame. louislunch.com 

Memphis, TN: Dyer’s Burgers

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Dyer's Burgers

Signature Burger: Dyer’s Cheeseburger.

The legendary patties here are pounded thin before they’re cooked in a cast-iron skillet filled with grease for a deliciously crisp exterior.dyersonbeale.com 

Chicago, IL: Custom House Tavern

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Custom House Burger

Photo © Tuan Bui.

Signature Burger: Custom House Burger (short rib, sirloin and ground pork patty topped with aged cheddar cheese and shaved onion, served in a sourdough brioche bun).

The “Custom House Burger”—available only on the lunch and bar menu—comes with house-made steak saucecustomhouse.cc 

Miami, FL: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

Best Burgers in the U.S.: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink

Photo courtesy of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.

Signature Burger: Black Angus Burger (served in a brioche bun).

An optional topping for star chef Michael Schwartz‘s Harris Ranch Black Angus beef burger: house-smoked bacon. michaelsgenuine.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manderes Re-Visited

3 Aug

Manderes Re-visited
Manderes has relocated! New Address is 1004 E. Bidwell
(near Bidwell Street Bistro, Target Center)

One of my favorite beer joints / restaurants in Folsom is a small (now larger) pub and grill at 1004 E. Bidwell, Suite 600 called Manderes. They have a motto that says “No Crap on Tap” and they mean it. This place is just like Cheers. Brent (pictured above), the owner, along with staff members Avalon, Lindsay, Tim and the rest of the crew are super friendly and always make you feel welcomed in their “home”

Manderes only serves the best of the best beers and wines, and their food is very good.Some of their great beers include my favorites: Alagash, Leinenkugel, Anderson Valley, Deschutes, Lagunitas and at least 100 more choices between on tap and bottled.


I’ve had a lot of fun going to this place over the past 3 years since they opened and once a month they (used to but soon will again) host a really fun beer tasting event that always packs the house. They usually showcase a brand or style of beer each time that includes a tasting of the best selections along with an entree’ for $18. It’s held on the 2nd Wedensday of every month

If you’re ever in the Folsom area, I highly recommend you all check out this restaurant and bar.

They have daily food specials consisting of grilled salmon, pork chops, and more, and their regular menu consists of such tasty dishes as Chimay Glazed Chicken, Korean Bulgogi (which you know I like) and they do up a really great steak, ribs, shrimp and more.

Be sure to try their cheesecake blintz dessert sometime too!

Another thing to note about this great little place, they’ve won many awards since opening: They’re in the list of Draft magazines Top 200 bars in the NATION, they were ranked in Sacramento Magazine as one of the best things to do in the Sacramento area. They won KCRA 13′s Best Beer Selection in Sacramento, and they have won several times for Best Bar in MyFolsom.com’s Best of Folsom selection.

Check out Manderes at:
http://manderes.com/
1004 E. Bidwell Street
Suite 600
Folsom, CA. 95630
(916) 986-9655

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