A friend of mine wanted to go out for dinner on a weeknight, and he just happened to remember eating at a nice restaurant ten years earlier. We drove up to what seemed a desolate hill and drove into a brightly lit restaurant parking lot filled with cars. We checked in with the hostess and then waited about 20 minutes for our table. The place is modestly decorated...a kind of subdued elegance...with a series of connected dining rooms with tables to seat six, so you don't feel like your in a huge restaurant or banquet hall. Our waitress, Kathleen, arrived almost immediately. She said she had been working at Timbuktu for 15 years and I could tell with her bubbly personality that she really enjoyed working there. She knew the menu forward and back, and made recommendations.
My friend had the cream of crab soup while I had the more standard crab soup, both of which turned out to be excellent choices. Along with soup came our house salads and some fresh baked dinner rolls with room temp. butter (a nice detail). Our main courses both consisted of Tiimbuktu's crabcake, fist sized (or maybe a bit larger), broiled, nicely seasoned, and full of crab meat. My friend ordered the sirloin with his meal while I opted for the 1/2 baby back ribs. We also had baked potatoes which went mostly uneaten...there was just too much food!
Without drinks (we both had iced tea), our total bill came out to an unbelievable $64.00. That's low compared to the amount and quality of the food, not to mention the EXCELLENT service. If you're thinking seafood or steak, I'd put this place on your list for sure. I can't wait to go back, and take some more friends along.
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