What a great place! I'd heard wonderful things about the burgers, crab cakes, and bread pudding, and have for a long while had it on my list of places to visit. Despite this, it hasn't ever made it in to the rotation (and it's all of a stone's throw from where I live).
I went last night with a friend, and it was perfectly lovely! The restaurant doesn't look like too much from the outside, but the interior is cozy, intimate, and welcoming: exposed brick, a handful of tables, and the best wait staff I've had the pleasure of experiencing in a long, long time (and bless her heart, she was hobbling around with a dislocated knee).
The menu is pretty basic: burgers, crab cakes, ribs, some sandwiches, and seasonal seafood dishes. My friend and I split the crab cakes and the baby back ribs, each of which came with a salad, perfectly steamed broccoli, and a choice of baked potato or fries. The fries weren't great but they weren't the worst I've had, and my friend ate the baked potato, which she said was delicious with a very crispy skin. The crab cakes were truly excellent, with almost NO filler at all. The ribs were also delicious, although I preferred the crab cakes. HUGE portions. Everything tasted very fresh and I for one appreciate when a crab cake isn't gussied up with bells and whistles, but can stand alone with a little lemon and tartar sauce. These did.
And the bread pudding was some of the best I've had. I was so stuffed that I only had a bite, but it was divine.
McCabe's clearly has a devout following. Every table was full, the wait staff was chatting with regulars, and everyone seemed happy to be there. It reminds me a bit of a smaller, quieter, and less smoky Dizzy Issy's.
Can't wait to go back and try the burger!