Catch – The Oyster Bar
Apr15

Catch – The Oyster Bar

What a great last minute decision to head to Catch on the main level Oyster Bar last night.  Located downtown wedged in between the Calgary Telus Convention Centre and Hyatt hotel.  First time for me, second time for Fuzzy, but this is the first sit down meal for him here.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it was good, but I’ve always seem to hear that the restaurant has had it’s ups and downs with chef changes but I hear it’s on the up and it’s been like this for some time. I have a huge love for oysters, raw, cooked, fried, in a sandwich, give them to me fresh and I’ll eat them any way.  Love them.  We ended up in The Oyster Bar because that is what they had available for reservation and from looking at the two different menus the Oyster Bar is what my tastes would prefer.  I was expecting some stuffy uptight restaurant but it was completely the opposite, totally casual, lively and comfortable.  All it was missing was an ocean beside it to really think we were getting really fresh oysters. There were 6 of us for supper which allowed us to order a ton of different food.  We first started off with half dozen Oysters Casino (bell petter-sahllot butter, grand padano, bread crumbs), if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, I was expecting them to be like chargrilled oysters from Acme Oyster House, they were somewhat close but not as good, don’t get me wrong they were still good.  Next up was the Oysters Rockefeller (wilted spinach, hollandaise), Fuzzy’s wife had these and she said they were some of the best she’s ever had.  Fuzzy and I split a dozen fresh West Coast oysters, honestly don’t know the difference between West and East, they are all good to me.  These were cold, fresh, and the hot sauce, fresh horseradish and mignonette were perfect.  I could have eaten 300 of these.  We also shared with the table a Cast Iron Steam Cocotte of Mussels and Clams in Provencal, this is what I’ll get as my main next time and not share, make sure you save room for lots of bread to soak up all the goodness in the bottom. For our entrees we mixed it up a bit, I had a half dozen Fried Oysters which was beer battered, with tartar sauce and slaw, this was delicious and all I could imagine was putting this in between a nice po’ boy bun.  Great Slaw too!  Fuzzy had the House made Dungeness Crab Cakes with spicy asian aioli.  Just loaded up with delicious...

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Bookers BBQ Grill & Crab Shack – All You Can Eat Crab
Jun19

Bookers BBQ Grill & Crab Shack – All You Can Eat Crab

We’ve been going to Bookers for quite a few years. Usually once or twice a year to have some All You Can Eat Crab. I haven’t really tried anything else on the menu but I hear the BBQ food is great. I guess I should head there sometime and go through their regular menu. The all you can eat crab is every Sunday $39.95 and if you love to eat snow crab it’s great. When you get your first plate of food, it’s very limited, just a small side, wedge of lemon and a couple sets of crab legs with a side of melted butter. Don’t worry, your first set of crab isn’t piping hot usually, but the buckets and buckets after are nice and hot. Sometimes you’ll get a junk bucket of crab, seems like it’s the bottom of the barrel, but it’s easy to rip through and get to the next succulent bucket. Next time we’ll do a video on how to eat snow crab because there is an art to getting the most of the meat easily. There are some pictures below of some of the food other people ate, I had a caesar salad (looks good, but could use more dressing), I heard the smoked mac n cheese was ok and the trash salad was ok (looks like more of a guys type of salad). The service is so so, it’s never been outstanding service, rather slow actually but if you can get on a servers good side, I believe your crab will come out faster.  Bookers is kind of  a neat place, good atmosphere, good decor and reminds me of restaurants in New Orleans.  It’s definitely kid friendly place if your kids can sit around for all you can eat crab. What’s In Front Of Us: Caesar Salad Clam Chowder Trash Salad Smoked Jalapeno Mac & Cheese All You Can Eat Crab...

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