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pleasantly surprised by Yabbie's Coastal Kitchen

heidipie | Mar 21, 200411:26 PM

We were starving and didn't want to spend too much and there we were and there was Yabbie's. I didn't remember any buzz about it on the board, and I always thought the name was a little silly, but in we went. The sweet waitress brought plenty of good bread and generally stayed on her toes all evening. The crab cake was very generous with crab, pleasantly crunchy, and had such luscious avocado aioli and hot sauce and cucumber and other salady bits on the plate that I had to lick it clean. The wilted frisee salad was complex and creditable, with good bacon and runny poached egg and tangy vinaigrette and hidden surprise beets. My pal and I both had linguine with clams for entrees. This was the most al dente pasta I've ever been served--just on the border of too chewy at first, but perfect after it drank up some of the sauce. It was pepped up with pancetta, which was tasty, and they claimed to have put in chilies but I didn't detect any heat. Anyhow, the clams were plenty and tender, and there was more sopping with bread at the end. My pal had a sundae with vanilla and chocolate-hazelnut ice creams, toasted hazelnuts, roasted bananas, and excellent Scharffenberger chocolate sauce, which was a real winner. My chocolate cake was perfectly tasty, and greatly enhanced by the softly whipped cream in which you could see flecks of vanilla bean. Five dishes, five hits, we agreed. The only off items of the entire meal were the flavorless raspberries garnishing the desserts.

Who knew? Were we the only ones who didn't? I wouldn't go very far out of my way to eat at Yabbie's, but it's a great thing to know about on Polk Street.

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