If anyone can turn a crab shack into a fancy endeavor and have people lining up outside to get in, it’s superchef serial entrepreneur José Andrés.
His latest project is called The Patio at Fish, located at MGM National Harbor in Maryland and only open through the end of September. Here Andrés pays homage to a local specialty, crab, and Chesapeake cuisine in general, offering the former in a range of options, from cakes to salad and even including a supply at the seafood bar. Described as an “outdoor, seasonal pop-up,” Andrés has created an “elevated take on the classic crab shack.”
Guests can also feast on dishes like octopus with romesco sauce and macadamia nut brittle, cod fritters with honey alioli, vermicelli mac and cheese with king crab and lobster, and butter warmed lobster with celery and mayonnaise espuma. Other highlights include conch fritters, clams, oysters, scallops, grouper, rainbow trout, mussels, shrimp, rockfish and jambalaya, among others.
Diners can enjoy the beautiful views of the Potomac River as they sit at communal tables with built-in coolers for their beverages, and they can wash down their fish and seafood with a selection of Spanish ciders, wines and cocktails. As Andrés says, “Seafood is always better with a glass of crisp Albariño or cava in your hand!” according to foodandwine.com, both of which are on the menu.