Lady Kibbee and I dined at The Narrows on Friday night. We went mostly on the recommendations concerning their crabcakes, and those recommendations were spot-on. But there was much more to like. This is a very good seafood restaurant too, not just a crab house.
For starters, Lady Kibbee had the mussels and i had the gazpacho with crab meat. The mussels were one of the down notes of the meal, somewhat fishy and gritty. But the gazpacho was excellent, with a generous pile of crab in the middle. The bread basket was fresh and warm, and one of the selections was a sweet brown bread with nuts and raisins that was really nice.
The mains included the aforementioned crab cakes, and The Narrows had decided to make available a crab cake, a sauteed soft shell and a pile of fried oysters, all of the specialties of the kitchen, on one platter for $44. I went with that, and Lady Kibbee did the swordfish special. I really loved the crab cake, although it was slightly smaller than some of the signature crab cakes in this area. But it was all lump crab and seasonings, with no filler. The soft shell was also good, but the fired oysters were heavy on the oil. Next time, I'll stick with the crab cakes and eschew the distractions. The sword fish was fresh and cooked competently, so I surmise that the kitchen knows a thing or two about seafood cooking.
I ordered a bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay '08 for $40. Out came an '09 but I didn't balk.
Service was very good. Overall value was so so, but I suspect Kent Island is on the pricy side of the spectrum. I wouldn't call this a destination or worth a detour, but if I'm on Kent Island again in the future, this is where I'll have another meal.
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