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Enjoy Good Food Sep 28, 2010 12:21 PM

I spent a pleasant 20 minutes at Capt'n Chucky's in Blue Bell (Route 202 near Route 73) today. I was given tastings of numerous items, every one of which was so delicious that I couldn't resist purchasing them all.....plus some unbreaded, creamy lobster cakes. Useful cooking tips were provided to ensure that I would get maximum pleasure from my purchases. I brought my feast home and treated myself to a heavenly lunch for less money than a mediocre lunch would have cost at a nearby restaurant. Chucky's shrimp salad is excellent! The jumbo shelled shrimp with Sami sauce (horseradish, cream and seasonings) were huge and exceptionally flavorful. The Sami sauce is a wonderful dipping sauce with just the right amount of kick (spice, life!) and it'll sure to go perfectly with meats and other fish. The jumbo assorted grapes (in what I call "heavenly sauce") were dusted with pecans, comprising a refreshing, delicious dessert! Lastly, I purchased lobster cakes which I'll bake/broil for dinner tomorrow night. The cakes aren't huge but they are loaded with chunks of lobster and if they are as good as the other items I purchased, they will be well worth the money. After my pleasant shopping spree at Chucky's, I stopped at the Pepperidge Farm outlet in the next door shopping center. Lucky me! It was Senior Citizen Discount Day and I've just turned 65. I saved enough money at Pepperidge Farm to offset the extravagance of Chucky's......but since when is excellent food extravagant!

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    cgarner Sep 29, 2010 09:49 AM

    Enjoy Good Food, thanks for reporting in... I work in KOP and live in Lansdale area... I generally do my best to take back roads and avoid traffic, but have been thinking about stopping by this place on the way home to lighten my cooking load (hey and extra 15 minutes in the car is better than an hour in the kitchen, right?)

    crab cakes and a nice salad on the side it is for dinner tonight!

    1. PattiCakes Sep 29, 2010 09:49 AM

      Capt'n Chucky's has a number of fans on this board: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7243...

      I haven't been back in a while, but your posting just gave me a crabby craving!

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        cgarner Sep 29, 2010 11:31 AM

        I'll be there around 5:30 ish (by the time I make it over to BB from KOP)

        I'll be the one drooling over the glass case, wearing a "chowhound" sign around my neck

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          PattiCakes Sep 29, 2010 01:04 PM

          Make sure you tell them you are a Chowhound. They had never heard of Chow before I told them about it & really got a kick out of it. The owners and staff are very nice people and they have a very good product. They are right next to a produce stand, so you can get all of your fixin's for a great salad in one stop.

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            cgarner Sep 30, 2010 08:05 AM

            three words
            Dee Lish Us

            Wanted to try one of everything, but since there were only two of us I had to show restraint.

            First Miss PattiCakes, the owner knew you by name. I told him I heard of him on "the Chowhound" and he was thrilled to hear that there was more positive feedback about his place

            What we ate:
            Premium Breaded Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
            This was more a fave of my hubby than me. while I thought it was very good and of execllent quality, I thought it could have used "something" Maybe with one of their sauces? Excellent quality and very very good and my hubbys fave

            Smith Island Crab cake... this one was MY favorite. Has a touch more seasoning than the breaded one. Neither have fillers, mind you, they're CRAB at its very best, biggest and freshest and crab is what comes through first.

            With Smith Island there's just more layers of flavor there.

            at five bucks and five fifty, these babys are a STEAL!
            Crabalaya Cruncher Appetizers,
            I LOVED These, every bite had a nice little crumble of (andoille, chorizo?) sausage, with peppers, crab and a bit of a cajun flavor. I really liked them!

            Stuffed Mushrooms at a dollar a piece are another excellent deal. Tasty spinach, cheese, creamy sauce, fresh mushroom... a dollar? (take that MacDees dollar menu!)

            Crab stuffed shrimp was also excellent! more of a deviled crab with seasonings and texture around a very nice sized shrimp.

            So, with all that food, I didn't even bother to make any vegetables (spinach is a veg right?)

            We enjoyed our taste test immensely, along with a Spanish Xarel.lo (last one at Bluebell Wine & Spirits store)
            My evening was made even more exquisite to find out that there are seven more of those babies... at an undisclosed location

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              PattiCakes Sep 30, 2010 02:32 PM

              LOL cgarner! I am just so thrilled to see a business like this "making it". The owners and staff are just the kind of people that make you feel good about being their customer, and their product is excellent. I'll baking up the last of my crab balls from the freezer tonight & planning a trip on Saturday. I'm intrigued by the Xarel & will have to look for it at my local SS.

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                cgarner Oct 1, 2010 07:49 AM

                I stay away from chardonnay with crab, because I think some of them can overpower (especially the oaked ones) Xarel.lo is really nice, and a little citrusy

                it's one of the grapes used in making Cava, I believe...I'm not an expert. I had it as a part of the tasting/wine pairing at Amada and was hooked and have been on a mission to keep at least a few bottles in reserve at home.

                My daughter and step son were peeved that we had such a feast without them on Wednsday, so I'm going back tonight (double dipping in the same week... shame on me!)

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        Kater Oct 3, 2010 07:51 AM

        They also have great shrimp. If you are willing to take 5 pounds you can buy them raw. Otherwise you can buy them cooked (properly) in any quantity you like. I've noted before that their crab cakes are underseasoned for our taste but certainly excellent quality. The crab balls are great for a party.

        1. smobron Oct 3, 2010 02:33 PM

          They also have a location just outside West Chester on Route 3 ..............love em

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            Sydneyeats Oct 3, 2010 04:02 PM

            They also have a also have a location in Chester Springs along Route 100...across from Eagle Tavern.

            Love em too!

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              cgarner Oct 3, 2010 04:14 PM

              Oh, did I mention the new things we tried?
              Lobster cakes good, not the best, slightly sparse on the lobster, and well, they spoiled us with crab cakes that have no fillers
              shrimp cakes, GREAT, I really liked them, nice pieces of their shrimp, celery, seasoning, a little creamy, crunchy, tasty!
              got the sabi sauce, which we all love and a small container of their cole slaw, home made and delish!
              More stuffed mushrooms, more Smith Island cakes, absoutely consistent and delicious

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                Kater Oct 15, 2010 09:53 AM

                We tried a few new things as well. The macaroni and cheese is fantastic. I got it at the Trappe store and they were kind enough to heat it up for my son who was eating on the run. I subsequently bought it at the Blue Bell store and it was just as good - I think their food is made off premises in the same kitchen. We love the horseradish mustard sauce with the shrimp. I bought the frozen clam things and they were interesting... kind of like gloppy chowder in a heavily breaded nugget. The crab soup was quite good but underseasoned. I also got the creole shrimp bowl for my husband to take to work. I think the prepared bowls are a great idea and I'm glad that they've added them but he did not particularly like the sauce. I didn't taste it but he said it was too sweet and not spicy enough - also it needs celery, peppers and onion. The service and welcome continue to be AWESOME!

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              givemecarbs Dec 17, 2010 08:51 PM

              They are doing a feast of the seven fishes deal for Christmas Eve. I was on my way to the tournament so I didn't have time to stop in but sounded awesome! Gonna check it out very soon.

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                mitchh Dec 20, 2010 11:14 AM

                I've been pleasantly surprised with Capt'n Chucky's. I think the Smith Island, premium crab cakes and lobster cakes are very good. Plenty of meat and flavor. I also really like their broccoli salad and cole slaw, but personally didn't like the mac n cheese. Can't put my finger on what I don't like about it, maybe too much of a bacon flavor than the cheese.

                I did see the seven fishes deal for Xmas Eve, but we do an untradtional sushi dinner for that night. No question that we will eat at least 7 fishes that night. :)

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                  Chefpaulo Dec 20, 2010 06:48 PM

                  I finally stopped by the other day. I took home the Smith Island (superb) and the breaded (great, but not on par with Smith Island) crabcakes and had 1/2 pound shrimp salad for lunch. Exxxxellent!!!
                  In the immortal words of Caleefornia's governator, "I'll be back."
                  CP

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                    PattiCakes Dec 21, 2010 05:51 AM

                    When I first started going to Captain Chucky's, I don't think they realized the impact of the Italian population in Conshy/Norristown. I think they started to get it when some of the old school Italians started coming in and asking to buy quantities of calamari. I'm glad that they have embraced that area culture and have come up with the 7 fishes idea. It's refreshing to see a small business get up and running in this economy and have owners who are willing to adapt. More power to them!

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                      danbee1 Dec 21, 2010 11:20 AM

                      For those who are interested, they also have a location in Wilmington - 1732 Marsh Road.

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                  Enjoy Good Food Feb 5, 2011 04:12 AM

                  Just tried the breaded shrimp cakes for the first time and they are very tasty. There was an unexpected spicy flavor to them and big chunks of flavorful shrimp. BTW, I wish Chucky's would consider offering such salads as couscous, bulgar, lentil, tortellini, etc. I love their cole slaw and broccoli salad -- both are slightly different than what's typical -- but I'm inclined toward something different.

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                    givemecarbs Feb 5, 2011 12:20 PM

                    I would buy stuff from them every week if only they could serve hot ready to eat crab cake sandwiches and such. They are neighbors to a shop full of hungry gamers.

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                      Kater Feb 6, 2011 04:22 AM

                      I think that they don't prepare food on site. I am not in the business so I am not as familiar with the legalities as some other 'hounds but I think they save money by preparing the food for multiple locations in one commercial kitchen.

                      I would love to see them offer green salad.

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                        givemecarbs Feb 6, 2011 01:00 PM

                        My friend John and I asked about a hot sandwich when they first opened. Don't think they can do it for a few reasons: they are a franchise and have to follow rules, and they don't have a license required by the township to serve hot food or something. Plus then they might have to have a public bathroom and yadda yadda. I was just whining about it. Do any of the other locations offer a hot sandwich or platter? Last summer I couldn't even get a shrimp salad sandwich so I just brought some bread with me. :)

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                          Kater Feb 6, 2011 01:21 PM

                          B.Y.O.B.!

                          bring your own bread

                          I think we're out of luck on that front... but I wonder if they could get around it by setting up some sort of 'demo' station where they show you hot to cook your crabcakes at home or something...

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                            givemecarbs Feb 6, 2011 09:49 PM

                            I like the way you think Kater!

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                    givemecarbs Sep 17, 2011 12:06 AM

                    Just had another pleasant visit to this place. Was my gaming night so I got the shrimp caesar salad, some cornbread, and a slice of frozen cheesecake for later. As always everything was very good. Now that the weather has cooled somewhat I will be able to pick up some other items for lazy weekend dining. Like maybe that crab soup.

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                      Khismom Sep 28, 2011 12:34 PM

                      After reading all of the reviews, I went there today because I happen to work in the area,which now is a bad thing. EVERYTHING I tasted today was superb...from the grape salad, shrimp salad and New England clam chowder(so silky and rich). I purchased the crab critters,hush-puppies,New England clam chowder and crab bisque. I will report back tomorrow with the reviews.

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                        Khismom Sep 30, 2011 05:41 AM

                        Okay, everything was delicious,except for the crab critters, they were still gooey in the center because of the fillers. I'm going back today for more soup, shrimp salad and crab cakes...YUM

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                          givemecarbs Sep 30, 2011 10:19 AM

                          That place is a jewel! Glad you liked. They are very generous with their samples too.

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                      bsims76 Sep 30, 2011 07:45 PM

                      We've bought from them several times, service was always extremely good and the crabcakes are better than most, but Hill's still is tops in the area in my book.

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                        givemecarbs Oct 1, 2011 12:46 AM

                        The owners could not be more friendly. Was there today. Saw that they will be selling hot crab cake sandwiches at skippack days this sat and sun. If only they were permitted to do that at their store. Might have to swing by skippack tomorrow.

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