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Weird Fish report: Not so very fantastic


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Weird Fish report: Not so very fantastic

pane | | Jan 3, 2007 03:16 PM

Cutting to the chase: not good.

I moved to Liberty Hill last week and set forth exploring the culinary neighborhood. Because Range was closed, We went yesterday to Weird Fish a little after six. When we arrived the place was entirely empty. It slowly filled to capacity in the hour or so we were there: eventually a line of about ten people formed outside.

We were seated immediately and ordered ginger lemonades to start. The lemonade, which was unsweetened, was too bitter for my taste and did not have enough of a ginger kick. I much prefer Burma Superstar's version.

We had read on Chowhound and Yelp that portions were small, so with that in mind we ordered shrimp louie salad, spinach soup, blackened trout with mango salsa, a halibut sandwich, and fried pickles. This was for two people.

For me, the highlight was the fried pickles. I love salty foods and fried foods; this was an ideal combination. The trout was good, fairly mild in taste, but nothing that made me take notice. The halibut sandwich was also okay, but had a bit too much tartar sauce on it. The 'creamy' spinach soup, which was vegan, tasted vegan: lacking a good dollop of real cream to add depth and richness. The salad I liked, but the proportion was out of whack: it was on the appetizer menu, but was entree sized and arrived along with our sandwich and fish. I could barely eat half, but would have been hungry with the trout alone.

Service was slow, despite the fact that it was mostly empty when we arrived. Our water glasses were not refilled until we received the check. When a group of four came in, the waitress asked a group of three to move from their table to a smaller one, then relented when a manager-type rebuked her.

Total bill was $55. If I had a friend who insisted, I would go back and order the salad with a side of pickles. However, I wouldn't return of my own volition and certainly would not wait in line for any length of time.

Being at this place reminded me of a visit a couple of years ago to Uglesich's in New Orleans: an old seafood shack with excellent ingredients cooked simply and with no pretensions. It was everything I didn't get in a visit to Weird Fish.

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