If their clam chowder is an indication, then Harrington's by the Bay serves good seafood- but since I went there for happy hour I can’t vouch for this. I was pulled in by their all day happy hour prices, a good idea for an expensive restaurant that I might otherwise never make it to. My first irritation was that the prices and menu online didn’t match the menu inside- not great business practice, since most new customers read up before visiting nowadays. Actually, it wasn't just an irritation as it is a peev. If you boast that you have a $5 bites happy hour menu and then you make it there specifically for that and realize it's a range of 5-8 dollar bites with only 4 of the 11 items actually being $5 it's a huge let down. I don't mind paying more money, but I specifically chose them to eat at for their online menu. They also didn't have some of the items they advertised such as the mushroom tempura and the nachos.
Crabpot - Seattle, Washington
I really can’t dream up a better meal than this in my dreams. An entire pot full of spicy crab legs, shrimp, potatoes and sausage served with butter as a dipper. Yes, this may sound like Joe’s Crab Shack, but Crab Pot is in Seattle and it’s as fresh as you can get. Also, it’s not a chain. The food, while a pricy meal, is completely worth it and not ridiculous for how much food you get. I ate here on vacation a few years ago and I remember bibs, being elbow deep in a messy meal, and LOTS of happiness as I dug in. The shrimp friends had eyes and legs (the first I ever encountered like this, but not the last- because they’re DELICIOUSLY fresh!) and the King crab started an obsession. In my hometown and on vacation I’d always look for the perfect crab, but none of them tasted quite like Crab Pot. If it weren’t ridiculous to fly across the country just for a meal, I’d do it here- but instead I’ll have to plan a vacation around this place soon. I HEART CRUSTACEONS!
The Crabpot's Website
My first trip to Kabin Kruesers felt a little bit like the heavens had opened… there are so few fantastic, fresh seafood restaurants around here and I’ve felt the lack for a long time. In my few visits, I learned a couple things that can make this a perfect choice for anyone who wants to be truly, soul-deep satisfied with a seafood meal.
First: Order anything with crab topping. The first time I went, I had a spicy New Orlean’s style salmon with Maryland crab topping. Between this and the herb butter on fresh, steaming salted bread, Utopia had arrived. They also have a crab and shrimp lemon sauce that you can top any fish with. Also a win for everyone.
Second: Happy hour is great! I enjoyed the fish tacos and stuffed mushrooms immensely. At this great value, sharing a full price entrée with a friend and cheaper drinks makes this place affordable as well as divine.
Third: DO go to happy hour after a wonderful, sunny bike ride on a perfect day with someone you love… this happened to be my dad, and this meal was the best end to a great day.
Last: (important!): Don’t go during prime time on a Saturday night. Our 45 minute wait turned into 1 ½ hours, and worst of all, the privileged clientele made this wait less than enjoyable as two people directly cut in front of me when I tried to wait for a bar spot instead (first come, first serve). The meal was good, but it was “Saturday night” expensive… and after the wait and irritating experience, I left pretty unhappy despite the good food.
Kabin Kruser's Website
Giving you a taste of what I taste. From gourmet to everyday. No pretentious bull - just good food.