My wife and I had our first (definitely not our last) dinner at the Waterboy last night. Didn't pay much attention to the prices on the menu or the wine list; just noticed that nothing seemed outrageously expensive.
We shared two appetizers and a first course (white anchovies, marcona almonds, roasted beet salad), and each had an entree (blue-nosed bass for my wife, a big bowl of steamed clams, mussels, and shrimps for me). We also had a bottle of pinot grigio recommended by our server. The food was fantastic, and the wine, while nothing earth-shattering, matched it nicely. For me the highlight was the (unadvertised) house-made sausage in the shellfish broth; those little bits of spicy wonderfulness (along with fregolina and pieces of perfect tomato) complemented the main attraction very nicely.
The surprise came at the end of the meal. The check arrived, and it was under a hundred bucks, including wine. I mean, seriously, is there a better fine dining bargain out there?
Next Thursday the chef is offering a four-course prix fixe meal for $48.50. Warm squid and scallop salad, chicken ravioli, leg of lamb, and a white peach ice cream sandwich. Specially paired wines available by the glass. The reservations have already been made...