I'm officially a middle-aged man. On August 12, I turned the big 40. If you've been following my blog, you'll know that I recently became unemployed, got part-time work and am searching for full time employment (or some business idea I can run with). So how can it be that Pops is going to the Brookfield Zoo, Miller's Ale House, Cirque du Soleil and the Doughnut Vault among others? The kindness of family and friends. Today's post is no different. As a birthday present, Mom treated us to Bob Chinn's for lunch.
A little background on Bob Chinn's Crab House- it is one of the highest grossing independent restaurants in the U.S., always in the top ten each year. Instead of going the traditional Chinese restaurant route, Bob wisely went into seafood when he opened in 1982. Like my grandparents, parents and me, Bob can trace his routes to the Toishan region in the Canton province in China, where many of those came over in the Gold Rush, railroad building and pre-World War II immigration. And in the day, Bob would talk to my grandparents on Mom's side, who owned the Phoenix Inn in Chicago, when we ate at the restaurant.
onaga fish, which was also a recommendation by the server. I chose to get my crabs done sauteed instead of tempura, salt-n-pepper or fried. Wifey chose to get her onaga char-grilled instead of blackened. Our meal started with Bob's famous butter garlic rolls which are complementary.
|Warm, soft and garlicky, yum-oh!!!|
|Sweet and strong, great job Bob!!!|
|If I had an unlimited budget, it would have been four crabs instead of two!!!|
|The fish just looks pretty, great presentation Bob!!!|
|Bob makes Floridians proud of their official pie.|
|Wifey couldn't finish her slice and I ate half of it. I ended up pie sick from too much pie and nearly fell asleep during my daughter's production of Aladdin afterwards! This one wasn't overly sweet even if it looks like it would be.|
I enthusiastically give Bob Chinn's Crab House six crabs out of five crabs (6 out of 5? That's right!!!). That's how great I think the restaurant's food is, superb in all facets- quality, preparation and presentation. I already can't wait to go back for my birthday next year.
We had a small party on the next day and I ate like a piggy there. Calories don't count on your birthday weekend, right? I got on the scale today (Monday) and I was 1.2 kg heavier than I was on Friday. Time to hit the gym. Thanks for the read!