Not that Parkway Grill needs ANY help on this board, but I had the most wonderful meal there last night!
I've always liked this place, save one horrid meal in the early 90's (I got sick). But thankfully, I was taken there (albeit reluctantly) a few years ago, and have been a renewed fan ever since. Went for a family b'day dinner... here's the results:
Appetizers: Crab cake and Cocoa Crepe (filled with lobster). The crab cake was DIVINE. Stuffed to bursting potential with fantastic, fresh crab, not a lot of 'extra' filling to overpower (as many crab cakes I've recently have had do) - it allowed the crab to be the shining star. The outside was the perfect consistency - just thick enough to hold all the crab without falling apart. Wonderful.
The crepe, while VERY good, did not have a chance when in competition with the crab cake. It was a little on the salty side, for our taste...
Main Courses Included: Salmon, White Fish, and John Dory. I was pleasantly surprised that the menu hadn't changed much, with the new chef, and I wondered how the food would compare.... in a nutshell: it knocked our socks off! I had the John Dory. Topped with silvers of pear (unbelievable combination), saffron rice, spinach (that I didn't care for, too bitter for my taste, but I gave it to a spinach fan at the table who loved it) and this AMAZING sauce that I kept meaning to ask the waiter to remind me what it was... but forgot. Sorry! It was the most amazing sauce I've had in a LONG time. The perfect accompaniment to the fish (didn't overpower it, as some sauces tend to do) - it even soaked in perfectly with the saffron rice. Absolute heaven. I was so obsessed with my amazing piece of fish (perfect in EVERY WAY) - that I didn't want to adulterate my pallet and try the others - even though all were raving.
Dessert: S'mores and Chocolate bread pudding. Ok, what happened to the pastry chef?? Did they change with the new chef too? Don't get me wrong... the desserts were both very good and not a bite was left on the plates... I just think the quality of dessert has gone down a bit. There was something 'off' with the s'mores -- the chocolate wasn't quite as melted as usual and the cookie didn't seem as flavorful (still good, though!!). The chocolate bread pudding wasn't very good (although, the accompanying sauce (rum based??) was a big hit. It seemed a little dry and wasn't warm enough (for my bread pudding taste) and the combination of the ice cream served with it -- was horrible. I tried another bite of just the bread pudding, but it didn't do anything for me.
Service was good - our waiter could have been more personable. I thought the service staff team was much better than our waiter. Overall a good, collective job.
Parkway always has great ambiance: warm lighting, great candle placement, and the pianist playing in the bar area.... the perfect music level drifting through the restaurant.
I commented to my family that it had been a while since I've had a meal "that" good. I'd say a meal at Sona rivaled the food quality (but certainly not the dessert).
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