The Hungry Cat: 3rd Annual Crab Fest

We were lucky enough to inherit a much-coveted reservation at Hungry Cat's Third Annual Crab Fest (thank you very much Susan) yesterday. All you can eat Maryland crab and spectacular cocktails. You can't beat that on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. I had been looking forward to this day for weeks and it did not disappoint.

The seating was set up in a communal fashion. Long tables with newspapers sprawling over them and loud music playing – this was definitely an event. We chose an outdoor table to enjoy the sunny day. I'll admit I was a bit nervous, since I was not well versed in the art of crab boils. I'm from the Central Vally and B is from the Midwest, enough said. We both had no idea what to expect. We started out with a few drinks. I had a Thirsty Cat Bloody Mary (made with fresh tomatoes, of course) and B had a "Natty Boh"…  Short for Natural Bohemian Beer, a lager brew originally from Baltimore, MD. After enjoying our drinks and the sight of bibb outfitted eaters, our first course arrived.

It was a little warm for soup, in my opinion, by tasty nonetheless. A little something to whet our palates for the main course. This was served alongside some grilled corn on the cob and cornbread. This actually would have served as a substantial meal on any other day, but not today. I was looking forward to how full I was going to be. :) 

Before we even had time to start digesting, out came our second course. It was a 4 oz crab cake, which according to our server, was made from a 100 year old recipe. It was served with grilled bread, creamy coleslaw, a remoulade sauce and a side of macaroni salad.  This crab cake was a serious no-frills cake, with zero fillers. No celery or bell peppers in sight. With the Natty Bohs flowing we were starting to have a good Crab Fest time. Now it was time for the main event of the afternoon.

With a quick lesson from our neighboring Baltimore-native crab eaters, and a wooden mallet, I was ready to go. Going along with true Maryland tradition, our server piled a bunch of steamed crabs in the center of our newspaper-lined table. It was so much fun getting all messy. By the end of it all, I had crab in my hair, crab juices running down my arms and shells everywhere. Here's a picture of some of our crab carcasses. They did clear our mess away once. So imagine this picture times two!

I lost count of how many I ate, but it was definitely one too many.  I was stuffed. It's a good thing that desserts go into a second stomach, right? Just enough room for a refreshing plum cobbler. Nice and tart.


  • Misallaneous

    25 Jun 2007 12:06 pm

    I’m so incredibly jealous!!!!!  Of all days, why didn’t B have to work on THIS day?!?!!?!? 

  • Grant

    25 Jun 2007 10:06 pm

    [this is good] I SO wanted to go to that.  I love the Hungry Cat.  Alas, we wound up going to Chef Lentz’s wife’s restaurant, Lucques.  It was a delight, but crabfest looks like it was so fun.

  • rocksnightly

    26 Jun 2007 04:06 pm

    [this is good] OMG. I think I’m still full! Can’t wait to do it again! 

  • airmouse

    26 Jun 2007 06:06 pm

    YUM!  And I like the “second stomach” theory.

  • julie

    28 Jun 2007 03:06 pm

    Misa – I know you would have loved it. You’ve always been the best eater. Next year we’ll have to all go together, so you can eat all the slimy ones. :)

    Hi Grant – Thanks for reminding me that I love Lucques. I just realized that I’ve only been going to AOC and Hungry Cat lately (not that you can go wrong with any of the three). Also thanks to you I might just get to see Ratatouille this weekend. Woo hoo!

    Airmouse – You just can’t go wrong with all you can eat crab, now can ya?

  • canarygirl

    12 Jul 2007 08:07 am

    [this is good] Ok, now I not only *think* I died?  I’m quite sure.  GAWDDDDDD!  YUMMMMMMMM!

  • julie

    23 Jul 2007 07:07 am

    I get *so* happy when I get to eat too!


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