It was just before 4:00 p.m. when I walked in Etta’s in Seattle and settled myself on a stool at the bar. I was there thanks to a recommendation from Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View, and although it took me a day or so to find the restaurant (It’s on Western Ave., near Pike Place Market), I was super excited to find out that they had a Crabby Hour/ Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 4-6 p.m.
As soon as 4:00 p.m. hit, I had Crabby Hour menu in hand and ready to order. First up? Crab Cakes.
Crab cakes have always been hit or miss with me. But from the moment I took my first bite, I knew I had found crab heaven. No, I am not exaggerating. Okay, maybe a little bit. But, they were really, really good. The crab was succulent. It took every ounce of energy I had to control myself. I wanted to shovel it in like a hillbilly sucking back moonshine. I tried to keep my moans of pleasure to myself but was slightly unsuccessful. Once I had savored every last bite, it was hard not to order more.
My next course was a 1/2 crab (photo at the top). The moment the bowl was place before me, my mouth began to water again. The presentation was artfully done, and the crab was worthy of it. As with the crab cakes, the 1/2 crab was succulent and perfectly cooked. The meat was like butter. I took my time eating, wanting to commit the taste to memory. When I finally finished I was left wanting more. However, I had already blown my daily budget before arriving at Etta’s, so I decided to stop and return another time.
With drinks, an order of crab cakes and a half crab I spent about $30. Not a bad price.
Etta’s is one of a collection of restaurants in Seattle owned by Chef Tom Douglas.