Last night, against my better judgement, we went to Bonefish Grill in Owings Mills. I'd heard good things about it, but more from people who follow the trends than listen to their own tastebuds. It was a bust.
This place substitutes grease for flavor-- their signature shrimp appetizer turned out to be popcorn shrimp lost in batter and deep fried. The sea bass, already a fatty fish, was fried. The overcooked potatoes au gratin were scooped out of a pan that was made too long ago. If it was made with cream, that had been absorbed by the potatoes; there was no discernable cheese flavor. Salad was a jumble of incompatible items. And my partner's trout was opened, breaded and fried so it could retain the maximum amount of fat. Both dishes were overcooked, which I think ruins fish, and bland.
This place reminds me of the Cheesecake Factory, where quantity and hype substitute for good flavor.