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#1 2014-11-17 15:54:46

Steel
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Registered: 2008-02-16
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The River Crab

Although this isn't entirely local it is worth a stop if you are planning on heading to Birch Run Michigan, or Port Huron to do some shopping.  From here the bridge is about 80 minutes.

We were in Port Huron to do some shopping and decided to get a room at the Double tree for the night. As a side note it is a very nice property directly on the river on the south side of the bridge. Our room faced the river and we spent lots of time watching the ships pass by. Their "Freighters" dinning room and bar serves up great cocktails and appetizers. It also has a nice indoor pool and hot tub. 

Soooo...where to go to eat in what is other wise a culinary waste land? We have done the place downtown on the Black river enough times and wanted something different. The waterfront is very nice in PH but has yet to spark a lot of dining options (other than the Double Tree). The brand new Culinary Institute of Michigan building just across the parking lot from the hotel might just change that. A Google search turned up the River Crab and with some good reviews we booked a table for 7:30.

As advertised the place is right on the river and also has a nice looking small hotel attached to it. Valet parking is a must as the lot is small, but it is free (aside for a customary tip of a few dollars for the car hop). We entered the restaurant and were greeted and seated at a table for 4 by the windows. They promptly cleared to two unneeded places and provided a drink list and menus. The room is tiered so that even if you are seated back a row or two you still get the view of the river. There are boat slips in front for summer pleasure craft use. During our time there we counted 7 freighters passing by. 

I ordered a martini and GF a glass of very nice California Chardonnay. They explained the specials and we ordered our apps...mine scallops on the half shell and GF, baked brie with cranberry and almonds with these neat home made crackers. The portions were very nice and superbly presented. The atmosphere was a business casual, with fine crystal, excellent flatware and linens.

For mains I had a pan seared salmon, which was cooked perfectly and again superbly presented. GF had a petite Filet with mushrooms and wonderful potato dish that frankly defied description....it was unbelievable. Everything was absolutely spot on, from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere.

Including the tip $153 for the evening....$3 for the car hop.....we will be back soon

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