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Crab Melt at Duarte's Tavern, Pescadero

Melanie Wong | Apr 27, 200611:19 PM     12

Yesterday I took the parentals on a road trip up to Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero. My mom's been loving the pie, so I felt it was time they got the whole experience.

Mom and Dad shared a fried oyster sandwich that came with fries. It was served on an ok french roll. Fries were good, and the kitchen split the plate in the kitchen. They also had a bowl of soup, ordered 50:50 of green chili and artichoke. It's nicely presented with the artichoke soup part in the shape of an artichoke thistle. At late lunch time the normally creamy soup seemed cooked down and too thick though it tasted fine.

The best bite of the day was the crab melt I ordered. Pretty much just straight, fresh local Dungeness crab bound with some mayonnaise and a little parsley and scallions. There was a backnote that almost reminded me of cream cheese too. Picked clean, there were no shell bits and the sweet crab was tender and not stringy. Even more remarkable were the whole crab claw and the whole leg joint meat pieces buried in the filling. The buttered bread was light and airy, griddled to the perfect golden brown with some melted Monterey jack cheese on one side. Served hot, this was the lazy man's way to enjoy top quality Dungeness.

We got a slice of the pecan pie to go. My parents were happy with their lunch, even more so with the discount coupon.

Link: http://duartestavern.com/coupon.htm

Image: http://static.flickr.com/47/136197911...

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