Monday, April 13, 2015

Bonefish Grill

Now I know what you're going to say. Yes, Bonefish Grill has gotten a lot of negative press, but I believe in trying out new restaurants for myself. Another rule I try to follow is to wait as long as possible after a new place opens before trying it out. It just takes time for a restaurant to get into a groove.

Another challenge for Bonefish Grill is that it's right next door to a hotel and for a Wednesday night, it was packed. I think that also may have been due to a happy hour, but our reservation wasn't until 6:45pm! Then on top of that, there was a large party right next to us, so I braced myself for a long evening.

Initially, it did take our waiter longer than expected to greet us and retrieve our drinks, but I really needed the time to figure out what I was going to order anyway with such a long menu. Since it was a little slow, the host and the general manager BOTH stepped up to fill in at the beginning. Go teamwork!

My stepmom and I went back and forth on whether or not to order an appetizer during our wait time. As usual, I wanted one of everything, so it was difficult to narrow down. We settled on the Mussels Josephine, which came with tomatoes, red onion, garlic, and basil in a lemon wine sauce. I enjoyed picking out the tomatoes from sauce at the end.

Mussels Josephine
Everyone was telling us to get the Bang Bang Shrimp, which is their signature dish, but I don't think you could go wrong. You could make a meal just from starters really.

Since I was in a place with fish, of course I had to get Sea Scallops + Shrimp. I could get them both in the same dish! Unfortunately, the scallops were a little small (and almost completely hidden in the picture below), but the shrimp helped to make up for it. And when ordering an entree, you get TWO side dishes in addition to the vegetable of the day. So that's why you see a whole bunch of green on my plate.

Sea Scallops + Shrimp
My stepmom ordered the Rainbow Trout, which still had the skin on one side and was very easy to flake off. My Dad, since it was his birthday, went for beef and devoured his meal quickly as usual.

Not only did we receive a complimentary dessert (we had three choices) of key lime pie, but my Dad also received a small birthday present: a box of four chocolates to take home.

While the restaurant was busy and noisy at first, at the end, it was nice and quiet with dinner rush coming to an end. Regardless of what people have said, I am impressed with the way this restaurant handled the crowds because they are still very busy and probably will be for a while.

Resources:

Bonefish Grill = https://www.bonefishgrill.com/