With only a few weeks left of our honeymoon, I got an email from one of my best friends Bel.
It stated, “I’m moving to Fitzroy. And so is Miss Katie’s Crab Shack. I can’t wait for all of us to be neighbours.” The email was littered with exclamation marks and capital letters but I thought it best to keep those to myself.
This was crazy exciting news as I am Fitzroy’s number #1 fan and should be employed by all Real Estate agencies with a Fitzroy focus. I love convincing and confusing friends and family into hangingout/eatingin/drinkingat/movingto the super cool suburb. Finally all my hard work had payed off, I thought! My best friend was moving to my suburb just in time for my arrival back in Australia, and so was one of my favorite Melbourne eats. We’d be a short five minute walk from each other with Miss Katie’s smack in the middle.
That’s when I realized Jack and I no longer had a home in Fitzroy. We’d given up our one bedroom warehouse conversion in the name of travel and planned to “just figure it out later”. I can feel you getting worried but there is no need! We had some good karma leftover (probably from when this happened to us) and we found a cute little two-bedroom house in the supreme suburb within days of landing Down Under. As Zoë says, “You think about, what bring about”.
Miss Katie’s Crab Shake has taken residency at the Rochester Hotel on Johnson Street. This old pub was beaten up and closed down for a while but it’s been reborn into a magical place which, I believe, a hipster Ron Burgundy would be seen hanging out in. With a proper dining room at the back, a casual seating area around the front bar, and limited outdoor seating, the type of night you have at Miss Katie’s is totally up to you.
Jack was excited but equally concerned for my health; I usually order the fried chicken and waffles at Miss Katie’s. He had a right to be worried. I was too. I can’t control myself. So our first visit to Miss Katie’s was purely about tasting the other dishes on the menu. The ones that didn’t involve the obvious, and delicious, broil or the infamous, and favored, fried chicken. The visit was a success!
The grilled cajun chicken cobb salad with bacon and blue cheese dressing is ridiculously and surprisingly satisfying. We treated ourselves to the old bay seasoned fried, also with blue cheese sauce because who are we kidding? You have to! Finally, we shared the crunchy corn with salted ricotta and lime chipotle crema. YUM!
I know what you’e thinking… those aren’t very healthy substitutes. And you’re right, they aren’t. But the words “salad” and “corn” are in there somewhere so that definitely counts.
Miss Katie’s, I’ll be seeing you monthly for the fried chicken and waffles, and weekly for everything else. And I’m very much looking forward to it, neighbor.