I admit that I was skeptical. A fancy seafood place…in Youngstown? I was a little concerned, but once I saw the menu on the web site, I was hungry and willing to venture up there from Pittsburgh to try it out.
I’m not sure what used to be in the building, but it’s unlikely a new building for the restaurant. It’s the only one — this is no chain. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and our waiter Jack was knowledgable not only of YCC’s menu but of seafood in general.
I enjoyed the Orange Roughy, Coquilles St. Jacques style: “A rich mixture of petite bay scallops, butter, white wine, mushrooms, cream, and Gruyére cheese, topped with breadcrumbs and oven-baked.” Orange roughy is probably my favorite fish, and I was excited to see it on the menu. This dish, or really the sauce, was among the tastiest I’ve ever had. The scallops were served underneath the fish, with mushrooms surrounding it all. The paired side was a small spinach souffle, and was tasty in its own right.
The portion size was right on, and left me wishing my stomach was larger. I enjoyed it with an Apricot Wheat beer from Ithaca Beer Company.
Brigette feasted upon the Oscar-style Mahi Mahi. It was served topped with crabmeat and asparagus in a Hollandaise sauce. She opted for a side of rice pilaf and a draught of Strongbow hard cider. She liked the dish, and found the sauce to be an excellent preparation. I had a taste of the mahi mahi, and it was delicious.
We also enjoyed the Crab and Shrimp Queso dip, a delicious appetizer made with New York cheddar, Monteray pepper jack, and parmesan cheeses and scooped with tortilla chips.
Together, with tip, our meal was approximately $90. It was quite pricy for the area, yet on par with most of the seafood places I’ve visited in the greater Pittsburgh area.
We found Youngstown Crab Company to be an enjoyable experience and will most certainly dine there again.
Here are some other pictures from the restaurant. It was well-decorated with a seafaring ship theme in the main dining area, and more of a beach theme in the bar area.