Wanted: a great shrimp salad
I recently got this e-mail from John, telling me of his friend's dilemma:
My friend Roger...used to live in the area, now lives in Kansas City. Can you tip him to a great shrimp salad place for his next visit? Thanks a bunch!!
Here was Roger's heartfelt e-mail to his friend that sparked John's plea to me: ...
No one in the Heartland understands shrimp salad. When I lived in Baltimore it was a bigger deal. There was a place near St. Agnes Hospital - Kibby's- that was known for their shrimp salad. But it was too much mayo / not enough Old Bay. The best one I had was oddly enough in the cafeteria at USF&G, they really got it right. I know there were other good ones around, but I just don't remember them. Really, I haven't had a good shrimp salad sandwich for almost 20 years now!
Whoa. I didn't know anyone felt that strongly about shrimp salad. I mean, can't you just buy some shrimp, cook them up, add mayonnaise, celery, parsley, lemon juice, a little salt and pepper and have a great shrimp salad?
The problem is that when people ask me for a shrimp salad recommendation I send them to Kibby's, even though it's been years since I've eaten there. I don't know of another restaurant known for its shrimp salad so I'm no help.
Anyone out there have a better suggestion for Roger and John?
(Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun photographer)