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April 30, 2010

Hampden gets its McCabe's burgers and crab cakes back

McCabe'sMcCabe's, the Hampden institution that closed abruptly in February 2009, is back in business with a new chef-owner.

This is a first venture into restaurant ownership for Patrick Ito, who previously worked at Copra downtown and Ze Mean Bean Cafe in Fells Point.

The restaurant, at 3845 Falls Road, reopened last Friday.

It still has the burgers and crab cakes for which the place was known. But those favorites have been updated.

All of the sandwiches come on breads from nearby Stone Mill Bakery. And the burger meat hails from Springfield Farms.

"We're trying to go as local and organic and humane as possible," Ito said.

Not that going local is a big sacrifice when it comes to the brioche burger buns baked about two blocks away. "They're delicious," he said.

Ito has included several vegetarian items on his menu, including a grilled vegetable lasagna that uses polenta in place of noodles. There's also a fried eggplant sandwich with a harissa-tomato chutney and goat cheese on a Stone Mill baguette.

The restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. An "upscale bar menu," all priced at $10 or less, is available until 1:30 a.m. McCabe's is closed Mondays.

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Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:59 AM | | Comments (7)


Doesn't President Obama get any credit for this news?

I heard it through the grapevine that Obama was Glimpsed! eating organic burgers at McCabe's last weekend, actually.

"Beats the heck outta Luca's," he gloated. "Glad I shut that place down!"

I knew I liked that Obama guy.
Good luck to McCabe's.


Sam, LOFreakinL!!!

I went here Thursday night to check it out. The place was much nicer than I was expecting. It was an awesome night, and the staff was outstanding.

My boyfriend and I ate there about a week ago and couldn't have had a nicer night. We split a bowl of the Maryland crab soup, then he got the filet and crab cake and I got the roasted chicken with asparagus and mac n cheese. We couldn't stop eating our entrees, but managed to in order to save room for dessert (seriously that mac n cheese is so addictive) . Dessert was pound cake with ice cream and fresh strawberries. Everything was delicious. We went home with enough food to have another awesome dinner the next night. we can't wait to go back

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