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The Narrows - Top Notch

Eric R | Aug 30, 2004 09:31 AM

I finally made it to The Narrows Saturday afternoon and it was everything I'd hoped it would be, more than living up to the hype.

I could not have been happier upon walking up the steps to the porch entrance to see a sign on the door that said, "Please turn off cell phones". Inside the lobby area there was another sign. LOVE that.

Within minutes of sitting down, I got water, very good rolls and butter. While this doesn't guarantee a good meal, I hate to wait and wait, or to have to ask for bread.

I ordered the cream of crab soup and single crab cake platter and both were excellent. The crab soup had fantastic flavor, and was rich without being sickening. At first I thought there was only a little bit of crab in the soup, but then realized most of it was at the bottom of the cup. The soup didn't have as much crab as the version at Jerry's in Lanham, but I've never seen ANY restaurant put that much lump crab in, or on, a cup of soup. A very nice touch was the cruet of sherry the waitress brought for the soup. Anyone going to or from the beach would do well to get an order or two of soup to go.

The crab cake was all crab with just enough binder to hold it together. Not overly creamy but not remotely dry. It was smaller than I would like, but then except for G & M, Timbuktu etc, what crab cakes aren't. An excellent flavor without any green pepper or out of place spices. I got the crab cake with very good homemade coleslaw. Not at all creamy, though a little bit more sweet than I like. Some pepper did the trick nicely.

I was running the Annapolis 10 the next day so I didn't get the garlic mashed potatoes, the fried oyster app., or the chocolate bread pudding that looked fantastic. I can't wait to go back to try the fried oysters that looked wonderful as well as the bread pudding.

You won’t be disappointed if you go.

Thanks,

Eric

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