My husband and I just returned from a short trip to the Gulf Coast. We were so impressed with Emeril's Fish House that we haven't stopped talking about it. And our visit was on a Monday night, so I'm giving extra credit. From the hostess who seated us unasked by the window to view the sunset to the very attentive but not obsequious service, it was a hit. But the food was out of the park.
We were first served a small black iron skillet of hot cornbread with butter, followed later by warm potato rolls. I knew we were in good company at that point.
We started with crabcake for me and crab and corn chowder for my husband. An excellent choice for both of us. The crabcake was full of pan-seared lump crab, topped with a sweet tomato jam, set atop corn maquechoux. The flavors were an interesting combination. I wasn't sure I would like the tomato, but it worked well with the dish. And the trio were not so enmeshed that you could not separate the three if desired. The chowder was well-seasoned, with just enough potato to thicken without sacrificing the taste of the other ingredients. The spiciness of the dish was just right without being overpowering for us cajuns.
The entrees were superb as well. The andouille crusted redfish was done to perfection. The potatoes and vegetables were a fitting backdrop to the fish, and the marriage of flavors was balanced in every aspect. The shrimp and grits were spicy, with the flavors of mushrooms, bacon, and sauces intertwined. This was also a spicy but succulent dish.
As we were too full for dessert, we opted for two cups of coffee. Even that was perfection, strong but not bitter, right down to the bottom of the cup.
The restaurant is located in the Island View casino, and we will not go back to the area without visiting it again.
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