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GTO's Seafood House - Sebastopol

A Touch of Cajun and a Lot of Fun

Baby go to sleep, Mama wants to go to GTO's Seafood House.

Although these words are not likely to be heard echoing down the back streets of Sebastopol (there are laws, you know), the sentiment is there.

With the sensuous seduction of zydeco, GTO's Seafood House sends out its late-afternoon happy-hour vibes Monday through Saturday and crowds dance their way down to 234 South Mainstreet where they slip inside.

There is no dancing, of course, other than the pitter-patter of hearts as they await their drinks and meals.

Owned and operated by Gene and Tess Ostopowicz (it's Polish, explains Gene) GTO's has been pumping out the good food and atmosphere since 2001.

Although we recommend GTO's Seafood House on any night, happy hour is celebrated Tuesday through Saturday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Somewhere in the 1980's I stopped expecting anything more from crab cakes than old crab soaked in fatty oils.

The knack for making them seemed to disappear along with break dancing and disco.

It was with this jaded attitude I ordered this most tasty of crustacean concoctions at GTO's. Chef Stephen Laden (I've since remained him "the Crab Whisperer") sent out two tall pillows of expectation on just the right amount of sauce (not to interfere with the crispness of the crab) and I took a bite.

Chef Stephen Laden (I've since remained him "the Crab Whisperer") sent out two tall pillows of expectation on just the right amount of sauce (not to interfere with the crispness of the crab) and I took a bite.

Suddenly I found myself moving to the beat of the BG's and wanting to fall to the floor spinning on my back. Beside me, my wife, Carolyn, also took a bite and began humming the tune to Dancing Queen.

(The crab cakes were so good we returned two weeks later to see if the first time was an anomaly. To our delight, we found the second order of crab cakes to be just as good as the first.)

There was nothing more GTO's had to do to me. Here I was drinking local wine and eating crab cakes from heaven. But there was more to come. I began talking to the regulars.

Joce, a local banker (don't tell anyone) was sitting next to me and began an impromptu discourse on the value of the GTO. (When you are me, it's rare you meet someone stranger than yourself.) Just when I began to think Joce was a shill, Trishia stepped up and began raving about the place, about how good the food was, etc. etc.

When I was finally was able to speak (the last of the crab cakes were gone) I pulled the information out of her that she was a fellow culinarian (and Head Cutie) with a business making chocolate delicacies. Her company, Cutie Cakes, ships chocolate delights around the world.

So, for a delightful evening of fine food and frivolity, dance on into GTO's Seafood House in Sebastopol. It might be just the music your soul needs.

Although the crab divination would have, by itself, earned GTO's Seafood House its three Kelly Tyres, the friendly atmosphere was aioli on the cake.

GTO's Seafood House
234 South Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472

(707) 824-9922
www.gtoseafoodhouse.com

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